Unfortunate news has surfaced with less than a week before the highly anticipated “Phoenix 4 Dubai” hits the Dubai World Trade Center.
The heavyweight bout which was part of the MMA Prelims, between former Desert Force champion, Amine Nacheb against Yousef Abu Shreekh from Jordan has been officially cancelled. This bout was one of the most anticipated on the card, as it offers a rematch between two of the top Arab heavyweights. Abu Shreekh will have to wait to avenge his first round submission defeat against Nacheb dating back to 2015.
The fight was not canceled due to an injury or anything of that sort, but as a result of visa complications that Nacheb has faced. Unfortunately, this is not the first time an issue like that this happens to an Arab fighter who is fighting abroad, even if competing in a neighboring Arab country. However, Nacheb remained very positive and shared this message on social media.
This is not the first time this happens with me. We took the necessary precautions, got all the needed documents ready and start working on the visa almost a month ago. Sadly, due to political issues and shaky situation, i still didn’t receive anything till this day. Again, all respect to my opponent Youssef Abu Shreekh, who i respect as a person and as a fighter. We will meet again my friend. And for Phoenix management, good luck with your event in Dubai and InshaAllah i will get to perform for you guys in the near future.”
No replacement has yet been announced, but Abu Shreekh could very well still have a spot on the Phoenix 4 fight card. Despite this fight being scrapped, “Phoenix 4 Dubai” is still superbly promising with a thick card that features world and regional champions.
Phoenix 4 will take place at the Dubai World Trade Center on the 22nd of December in Dubai. The card includes 16 bouts, 32 fighters from 22 different countries. In the main event, Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzaz makes his MMA comeback to face Christophe Van Dijck. The co-main event features X-UFC fighters Roger Huerta and Hayder Hassan go to war. Phoenix 4 will also hold the first ever Phoenix MMA light-heavyweight title bout pitting Moise “Swamp” Rimbon vs Pavel Doroftei.