Abu Dhabi, UAE – Abu Dhabi Warriors, the Middle East’s premier MMA Fighting Championship is returning back to Abu Dhabi for an action packed, 10-fight card. In partnership with the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation, ABU DHABI WARRIORS 4 takes place on Tuesday, May 24th from the IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports TV in the UAE and MENA region, and streamed live worldwide on www.abudhabi-warriors.com
“We laid the foundations last year, now it’s time to build on it.” said Lubomir Guedjev, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Warriors. “We are proud to have finalized the official calendar for 2016. We are scheduled for two events in Abu Dhabi, (May 24th and November TBA) as well as four events from the series ‘Road to Abu Dhabi’. Our strategic plans for 2017-2018 are in process too and we aim to build a sustainable sport product, not just events. Our partnerships with key partners will contribute to the objectives of the organization.”
ABU DHABI WARRIORS 4 is headlined by American heavyweight knockout artist Paul “Headhunter” Buentello (34-16, 21 KOs), who knocked out his previous opponent (Rameau Sokoudjou) at Abu Dhabi Warriors 3 event in October 2015, who combines MMA styles of the East and West, and French master technician Moise Rimbon (22-10, 8 KOs) squaring off for the ABU DHABI WARRIORS Heavyweight title.
“We all have the warrior spirit in us, we just need to harness it and believe. That’s what I am going to do again at the Abu Dhabi Warriors 4. I am excited and cannot wait to be back in Abu Dhabi. It is an honor to fight again in Abu Dhabi and I guaranty an outstanding performance for the fans” said Paul Buentello
UAE’s only Emirati MMA fighter, Ahmad Al Darmaki (0-3), who is seeking for his first professional win, returns to the ring for a revenge rematch against the Ukrainian Artiyom Gorodynets (2-3), who defeated Al Darmaki by an armbar submission at the Abu Dhabi Warriors 3.
“I am proud to be the only Emirati fighter at the event, I wear the colors of my country proudly and I will give the Emirati’s a victory on May 24th. I am looking for my revenge against Artiyom, I lost against him last time, but it will be different this time around, I cannot wait to get back in the ring and show all the fans what I am all about” said the Emirati Ahmad Al Darmaki
In the co-headline bout, heavy-handed Russian Alexander Sarnavskiy (32-4-18 submissions) returns to ABU DHABI WARRIORS 4 after a hard fought battle at Abu Dhabi Warriors 3.
The winners of the ‘Road To Abu Dhabi’ events (Russia and Thailand) will also feature at the ABU DHABI WARRIORS 4 fight card. Tahar Hadbi (11-6, 6 KOs) of Algeria/France who defeated Rustam Bogatirev at the ‘Road To Abu Dhabi’ event in Russia (12 Dec, 2015) will face the tricky Yoichiro Sato (17-6, 2 KOs) of Japan, who defeated Carlos Moyano. Diego Gonzalez (18-11, 11 submissions) of Sweden who defeated Nayeb Hezam at the ‘Road To Abu Dhabi’ event in Thailand (22 Aug, 2015) will face off against the Colombian Carlos Moyano (5-3, 3 KOs).
The card also features a list of top established veterans and up and coming hungry fighters of the fight game like; Jason Santana (2-0), Pavel Gordeev (2-0), Ivan Pitbull (23-13), Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) and Andreas Michailidis (6-2), who guaranty a palpable and electric atmosphere at the IPIC Arena.