CGC: Double Headers in Saudi Arabia Ahead of UFC’s Debut


 CGC: Double Headers in Saudi Arabia Ahead of UFC’s Debut

In Saudi Arabia, a new chapter in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is being written. With the Saudi MMA Federation fostering amateur talent, and the SRJ Sports Investments making the kingdom’s first foray into mixed martial arts by investing $100 million in the Professional Fighters League (PFL), the sport is gaining unprecedented momentum. This burgeoning scene is further highlighted by the success of Saudi athletes like Abdullah Al Qahtani and Mostafa Rashed Neda on the international stage.

Amidst this dynamic backdrop, CGC (Cage Glory Championship) is making significant strides. Its upcoming events, CGC 4 and CGC 5, at King Saud University Arena in Riyadh, are not just MMA events, but catalysts for a burgeoning MMA movement in Saudi Arabia. This is especially significant as it precedes the UFC’s historic debut in the Kingdom.

Discovering Talent, Creating Opportunities

CGC has rapidly become a pivotal platform for fighters from Europe, Asia, and Africa, regions traditionally underrepresented in global MMA. Over a year and three events, CGC has catapulted 10 fighters to major promotions, including UFC and Bellator, showcasing its role in nurturing world-class talent.

Star Fighters and Key Signings

CGC’s roster boasts impressive talent, including Otabek Rajabov, a 3x IMMAF World Champion, and Lisa Zimmo, a 1x IMMAF World Champion. The promotion has also announced that Emrah Sonmez, a former DWCS contender, will headline one of the events. Sonmez will face off against former Brave CF contender Abdo Saber, who recently triumphed at MEFC – Middle East Fighting Championship. Simon Karslidis, hailing from Cyprus, exemplifies the international flair of CGC’s roster. Additionally, Craig Edwards, a former Cage Warriors Lightweight Contender, brings a wealth of experience and skill to the mix. Furthermore, Abdulkader Al Masaabi, a prominent talent from Saudi Arabia, is poised to showcase his prowess in the CGC Octagon. Together, these athletes embody the diverse and high-caliber talent that CGC is renowned for.

Other notable fighters include Bakhromjon Ruziev, Conor McGregor’s sparring partner, and Abdurakhman Nasrutdinov, a promising fighter from Sweden’s Allstars Gym.

As CGC prepares for its upcoming events, the MMA community is abuzz with anticipation. These events are more than competitions; they are the beginning of a natural MMA movement in Saudi Arabia.  UFC Saudi Arabia is around the corner. CGC: Double Headers in Saudi Arabia Ahead of UFC’s Debut promises to be pivotal in transforming the Saudi Arabian MMA landscape. Details on the full fight cards will be revealed once the dotted lines are signed, promising exciting matchups.


Cage Glory Championship is a popular MMA promotion in Cyprus. It showcases some of the world’s best young prospect fighters of mixed martial arts. The promotion is dedicated to delivering high-quality events that are both exciting and entertaining for fans of the sport. The promotion prides itself on its commitment to excellence, both in terms of the fights themselves and the overall production value of the events. Every aspect of the Cage Glory Championship events is carefully crafted to provide fans with an unforgettable experience. We also follow the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, and commit to the highest standards of health and safety for all athletes competing inside the CGC Octagon. CGC is also committed to promoting the sport of MMA in Cyprus and to the rest of the world.

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