What has initially started out as a small project by a man called Amr Hafez, has recently peaked to become the leading mixed martial arts team in Sultanat Al Kuwait. The Egyptian, Amr Hafez, has taken everything on his own behalf man and has worked to build up a team and run it through its necessary ups and downs in the mixed martial arts scene in order to reach the highest levels of professionalism in the region.
Team Warlions first appeared on the scene in GFC (Gladiators Fighting Championship) Kuwait, a local MMA promotion with a mixture of amateur and professional bouts, all of which played a role in helping build up the mixed martial arts scene in Kuwait. From there on, Team Warlions began to grow much more, making appearances in other local promotion such as Vigor promotions, which followed in on GFC’s tracks. Participating in these competitions helped sharpen Team Warlions and put them on the path that eventually lead them to become the solid team they are today.
Based in Gold’s Gym, Team Warlions, which is arguably the most accomplished mixed martial arts team in Kuwait, has made its way to some of the region’s top promotions with 3 professional fighters who are holding the Warlions’ banner and representing the team in the best ways possible.
Ahmed Amir, an Egyptian Kuwaiti resident, has had a handful of amateur mixed martial arts bouts. Having also taken part of Fox Sports Al Batal TV show, Amir has produced respectable performances. His professional record, which stands at 2-1, has remarkable wins against Mohamed Mollamahdi, a serious competitor who has previously faced the Desert Force current middle weight champion Mohammad Karaki, and a submission win in his latest fight against Egyptian mixed martial arts veteran Amr Wahmann at EFC 22.
Another familiar name on the Arab mixed martial arts scene is Kuwait’s own Abdulrahman Alenzi (3-1), known as Tyson for his powerful punches. Remarkably, Tyson’s latest performances in 2015 marked 2 submission victories on his record. Tyson fought Ibrahim Traore at Desert Force 16 “Lazzez vs Ghorabi” back in March of 2015, in an exciting heavyweight brawl that ended in a third round via guillotine. He went on to defeat Ibrahim Al Nagashi in an almost similar fashion, but this time in a standing guillotine at Desert Force 19 that took place in Egypt.
The cream of the crop, also from Egypt and representing Kuwait’s Warlions, is Osama Al Saeidy. Building his experience in GFC Kuwait, Ossama made his debut at Desert Force promotion in March 23, 2015 where he knocked out Abdel Ali Aityachou in one of the scariest ground and pound clinics ever seen in Desert Force. After having been caught in an armbar half way through the first round, Osama pounded his way to an escape, leaving the Moroccan bloodied and with a wrecked face. He went on to defeat Dib Akil at Desert Force 18 with through dominant submission which sent a clear message of him being a lethal competitor.
Osama ended 2015 with a victory in his home country of Egypt, against fellow country man Alaa Almasry, who came in as a late replacement. The fight ended after the first round, as Alaa was unable to continue the fight due to fatigue.
Rumor has it that Osama could be the first of the Warlions to fight for the title of Desert Force’s light heavyweight championship. The light heavyweight division shield is still with Shogun’s Mohamed Karaki from Lebanon, who is also the middle weight title holder.
In only 2 years, this team has phenomenally went from being just another local Kuwaiti team, to become the biggest and most accomplished team with professional mixed martial arts fighters who are regarded as some of the best in GULF region.