MMA in the Arab World

When you mention sports in the Arab World, the first thing that will come up to anyone’s mind is, of course, football. Although other sports garner some attention of fans, it’s very minimal and definitely not enough.

However, I was surprised to know that the Arab World seems to be very fond of Mixed Martial Arts when I found #UFC and #ConorMcGregor trending in several Arab countries during his comeback match at UFC 246!

Fans of MMA in the Arab World follow international stars with great passion, however, we have some very promising talents from our region that deserve some more attention as well! If you’re a fan of the sport, here are some of the best Arab MMA Fighters to keep on your radar!

Khalid Taha

Known as “The Warrior”, Khalid Taha has been active as an MMA Fighter since 2013. He has a record of 14 wins and 2 losses. He’s competing in the bantamweight division of the UFC!

Mehdi Baghdad

Active from 2007 and until now, Mehdi is one of the most distinguished Arab MMA fighters! He’s known as “The Sultan”, and he has a record of 11 wins and 6 losses. His style is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.

Rany Saadeh

Nicknamed The Prince, Rany Saadeh has a record of 11 wins and 3 losses! He’s a 3 times BAMMA World Flyweight Champion.

Hady Tarek

Egyptian Fighter Hady Tarek has been making waves in Canada, winning several national championships. Check out our one-on-one with him here.

Abu Azaitar

Abu Azaitar is a German-Morrocan Mixed Martial Artist known as Gladiator. He has a record of 14 wins, one loss, one draw, and one no contest!

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