After a successful debut show in Jeddah, Desert Force is back to Saudi Arabia with a stacked card, this time in Riyadh, featuring 5 Saudi fighters who are looking to please their hometown crowds once again.
In the event’s co-headliner, lightweight Abdulahad Gari will square off against current title holder Tareq Hamdi giving him the toughest test to date. Saudi’s “Golden Boy” Abdulahad Gari is one of the most promising Arab talents in the lightweight division. A dangerous challenger, Gari is one of the top contenders in the division and earned his shot at the title after 3 consecutive wins under the Desert Force Banner.
Saudi Filipino fighter Meshaal al Khuzeem, earned a submission victory against Ammar Tchalabi in his promotional debut in Desert Force’s inaugural event in KSA. His fight against Ammar Tchalabi almost went the wrong way yet Al Khuzeem made an impossible comeback to finish his opponent early in the second round. This time, holding a clean 4-0 record, Meshaal fights at a lighter division and will face Morocco’s Mohammad Trigui whose eyes are on nothing but the title.
Bandar Alsaadon is a name that many of the Desert Force and local regional mixed martial arts fans know very, very well. A previous fighter and cast member on the Desert Force Al Academiya Season 1 program aired on MBC Action, the light weight, Alsaadon, made his way to the semi-finals before losing his fight to Elie El Rayess by disqualification. Be that as it may, Alsaadon is someone to watch. He surely has the heart of a fighter, is super aggressive and has talent both standing and on the ground. Coaches always report that Alsaadon is a very promising prospect if he learns to control himself while in action.
Facing Al Academiya 2 title holder Georges Bardawil, Ahmed Makki, co-founder of Spider Team, is one of the most recognized and known MMA fighters in KSA. The Saudi started his martial arts career as a kickboxer before moving to the States where he was exposed to MMA. Makki then joined Black House MMA, training alongside Mehdi Baghdad, Lyoto Machida and Anderson Silva. Makki took on Algerian Abdul Kader Souwane in his professional debut also in Desert Force KSA in a fight that ended with a draw.
Also fighting out of KSA is Saudi/ Egyptian Mostafa Rashed who will be facing Noureldin el Zar. Rashed, owner of the renowned MMA team, MMA Jeddah is considered to be one of the pioneers of the sport in Saudi Arabia. Mostafa also had his pro debut in Desert Force 14 in KSA where he ended Sudanese Waleed El Hassan in an impressive first round TKO.