On September 5, at Desert Force 24, Syrian fighter Mohamad Walid (4-0) fighting out of UAE will return to the cage nearly two years and the half after his last outing. He is set to face UAE based fighter Younes Fatemi on the Abu Dhabi card.
Walid boasts a professional MMA record of 4 victories and no losses. The Syrian fighter reigned as Dubai FC welterweight champion and has finished every opponent he has faced since making his pro debut in 2012. In his last appearance in 2014, Walid fought at Asia’s ONE FC championship when the promotion headed to Dubai for One FC 19 – Reign of Champions. As the only Arab fighter on that card, Mohammad Walid made quick work of his opponent, shortly after which he was promoted to purple belt by his brother Khalid Walid.
In a discussion with ArabsMMA, Mohamad Walid revealed that lack of matches and low fighter payouts in the region are what kept him away from action for the most part.
“I was away for many reasons. ONE FC did not give me any other fight since my debut with them in April 2014. Being sidelined in not good for my professional career.”
Despite the lack of monetary incentives, Walid has decided to get back to the cage to save his career:
“There is a lack of good promotions in Arab region, and the offers we get are very low. I am back now, even though I am not getting paid well. But I don’t mind, I start again from point 0, and I will prove to be the best.”
On his training:
“I am working very hard and my training is going well. I am ready to put on a great show in Desert Force!”
Walid comes from a famous fighting family as his brother, Khaled Walid, is a pro MMA fighter with a record of 2-0 holding a brown belt in BJJ and a black belt in Karate. His father runs the Khouloud club in Abu Dhabi out of which they created the “Walid Brothers” fight team.
Watch his ONE Championship fight here: