After campaigning hard for the Desert Force welterweight title, Al Hajjajy met the hard-hitting Mohammad Fakhreddine in the main event of Desert Force 23 on Monday night.
It was a tough pill to swallow for the former champ Aniss Al Hajjajy. The Moroccan who was on a four-fight win streak says he wasn’t given a fair chance to fight in his first Desert Force loss to Mohammad Fakhreddine at Desert Force 23. After the fight, Al Hajjajy released a message to his fans which translates to:
“This is a message to my fans, it’s not an excuse for my loss, but I will list down the series of events that lead to my loss against Mohammad Fakhreddine at Desert Force 23.
To start with, Desert Force organization has sent me my flight ticket one day and the half before my travel date leaving me no time to amend it before my flight to Beirut. The trip from Boston to Dubai is 12 hours long, followed by an 8 hour layover, and a 4 hour flight to Beirut.
I was 3Kg overweight, and had to do the weight cutting on the plane.
I woke up Sunday at 9am to go to the Sauna and cut the 3Kg before the weigh-ins which were due that morning. I was surprised that they had to drive us to another location for the weigh-ins. After a 1hr wait in the bus, I headed to the Sauna to cut to 77Kg.
After stepping on the scale, fighters residing in Lebanon drove-off for lunch, and we stayed there waiting in the bus for 3 hours.
The Hotel the booked us in was probably worse than a 1 star hotel. They served us rice and potato, no meat, neither chicken, nor fish.
On fight day, we went to the Ghazir stadium to warm-up. We got very bad treatment there.
I stepped into the cage, and my gameplan was to trade punches, then go for the takedown, and submit him.
As soon as I took him down, he hit illegal elbows to back of head. I lost control due to the hits and felt drowsy. My vision blurred. Whenever I recovered he did it again. The referee gave him a verbal warning the first time, and ignored it the second time.
Never has anyone hit me to back of head. Desert Force has the worst referees.
I see that this was all unfair. I am not sure if they planned it and it was all set up.
To add insult to injury, the referee didn’t let me continue the fight.
Desert Force commission does not overlook the handwrapping process. What if a fighter puts something harmful under the wrap? Moreover, all commissions ban use of IV.
It’s over now. I have witnessed the worst treatment to fighters ever.”