A welterweight bout between Hayder Hassan and Pavel Kusch is the latest addition to April’s Phoenix 6 lineup.
Though it’s a little too early, but this fight has all the potential of becoming the Fight of the Year for Phoenix in 2018.
Phoenix 6 takes place on April 5 at Du Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight between Mohammad Karaki and Sallaheddine Dekhissi. Hayder Hassan and Pavel Kusch will co-headline the event.
Having appeared on The Ultimate Fighter Season 21: American Top Team vs Blackzilians, Hayder Hassan (6-4) made a strong impact. Winning 3 straight fights on the show, Hassan made it to the finals, but unfortunately fell short of grabbing the TUF title. In his last bout, Hassan fought against the former UFC lightweight title contender Roger Huerta at Phoenix 4 in Dubai.
In the fight, Hassan landed a few illegal elbows to the back of Huerta’s head as Huerta was pressing him up against the cage and working for a takedown. As a result, Huerta was cut open in the back of the head with blood gushing out. The incident forced the referee to step in and call an end to this high level contest, declaring Huerta the winner by DQ. Now, Hassan will get another shot to redeem himself at Phoenix, taking on one of the scariest welterweights outside the UFC today.
Roger Huerta vs Hayder Hassan Full Fight (MMA) | Phoenix 4 Dubai
Making his Phoenix debut with a 1 punch KO in the 1st round, Pavel Kusch dropped a powerful statement to all the welterweight contenders of the promotion. Kusch (22-4-0) is on a 9 fight winning streak. He has never gone the distance and holds an outstanding 19 victories by submission and 3 fight victories by KO/TKO… That’s pretty insane! However, at Phoenix 6 Abu Dhabi, he will be facing his biggest challenge yet against Hassan, the man who has multiple UFC fights under his belt.
Pavel Kusch vs Christophe Van Dijck Full Fight (MMA) | Phoenix 1
With the addition, Phoenix 6 fight card now includes:
Mohammad Karaki vs. Sallah Dekhissi (Title Fight)
Pavel Kusch vs. Hayder Hassan
Claudio Cezario vs. Kim Han Seul
Shuya Kamikubo vs. Sirwan Kakai
Chabane Chaibeddra vs. Ahmed Faress
Sadibou Sy vs. Mostafa Rashed
Roman Wehbe vs. Amin Nacheb
Ahmad Labban vs. Ahmed Saeb
Sami Antar vs. Osama Alseady
Ezzedine El Derbani vs. Raymart Quintana
Ashleigh Grimshaw vs. Walid Seghir
Ali Al Qaisi vs. Jaures Dea
Luana de Souza vs. Gwendoline Charbein