Winners of the 4th Youth Mixed Martial Arts Championship pose for a photo with officials during the awards ceremony at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City.
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Promising young mixed martial arts talent from the UAE continued to put on a strong show at the fourth edition of the Youth MMA Championship at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City on Saturday.
As many as 40 Emirati youths took part in the Octagon Championship, which was considered the perfect lead-up to the Youth MMA World Championships in August.
In front of a raucous crowd, matches feature 30 match cards in various weight classes with intense battles. Saeed Al Hosani capped off a packed afternoon with a win over Mansoor Alsayed in the 70.3kg main event.
Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation, and VIPs from the Asian MMA Federation (AMF) were in attendance to present awards to the winners.
Hashemi said the Youth MMA Championships cemented Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the top combat sports destinations.
“The high participation in the Youth MMA Championship 4 is a testament to the existence of a talent pool capable of competing for the UAE national team and hoisting the country’s flag on the international podium,” he said.
“This is the fourth MMA event we’ve held and one after another we’ve noticed a lot of improvement in our young fighters as they become more familiar with the rules of the fight they need to follow, all for the world MMA Junior Championships,” said Mohammed Al Hosani, a member of the federation’s Mixed Martial Arts Committee.
“We have over 40 Emirati and another 20 Arabs. So this match can be considered an Arab or regional championship. It is vital to ensure that our players have the opportunity to come into contact with top athletes from all over the world, to give them the experience they need before going to the world championships,” Hosani added.
UAE champion Ali Al Najjar, competing in the Junior C 40kg category, was crowned after a win over rival Rakan Al Yammahi. “Every athlete dreams of winning No. 1, especially early in their career. Getting No. 1 will be a great motivation for me to keep working out and gain more experience. I will do my best to maintain this achievement,” he said. explain.
Sultan Al Ghusain defeated Salim Al Shamsi in the decisive match to win the Junior A 65.8kg category. “I see today’s achievement as a springboard to even greater success as I prepare for the upcoming World Championships in Abu Dhabi.”
Stephen Fox, Chairman of the Federation of Independently Recognized Sports Members (AIMS) and Secretary-General of the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) and Vice-President of the World Muay Thai Council, Mohammad Ibrahim, President of the Egyptian Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Faisal Zakaria, Sudan Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Federation Chairman, Tarek Al Muhairi, Executive Director, UAE Muay Thai and Kickboxing Federation, Tariq Al-Bahri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP), CEO of Fouad Darwish and Palms Sports The Managing Director was also present at the event.