The second episode of Al Batal Aired on Fox Movies with another Middleweight bout pitting Team Elbe’s Khalid Al Johani vs Team Baghdad’s Sabil Rahali from Tunisia.
The privilege of choosing the fight went to Team Elbe’s head coach who had secured a victory in the first challenge. The faceoff heated up as soon as the fight was announced, just like hinted in episode 1: Rahali got caught up in the pre-fight hype shoving Al Johani who merely dismissed his opponent’s reaction.
A similar confrontation happened at the official weigh-ins and yet slaps and hits marked the night before the fight! Yes you heard it right: Slaps!
In the big day and inside the cage, both fighters started exchanging strikes, none were very effective, until Al Johani found his distance and started working on that inside left kick; this fighter is comfortable in landing his combinations. Rahali was ready to counter each attempt but his leg was getting its share of strikes.
The game’s pattern was broken when Al Johani missed Rahil’s thigh and hit him with a low blow. But with a sudden change of pace, Rahil attacked Al Johani with a barrage of punches sending him to the cage and then dropping him to finish the fight via TKO.
According to Mehdi Baghdad, Al Johani looked for it!
Al Johani was dancing around in the fight! You can’t do that with a powerful guy like Rahali or else, you will get KO’ed”
All in all, Rahali’s performance backed up his dirty talk and he just grabbed the victory for team Baghdad!