The Moroccan Sensation, Anas Siraj Mounir, is back in his home town of Casablanca at the moment where he is conducting a number of training seminars.
The fighter made waves recently after making his pro-debut against Craig Bale at Made 4 the Cage 10 in Sunderland, winning by way of submission (kimura) just 2 minutes into the first round! One of the top MMA fighters to hail out of the famous port city in North Africa, his debut comes hot on the heels of an impressive 8-0-0 record at amateur level.
Although the welterweight might not be as popular in the Middle East, he is arguably one of the most recognized Arab MMA fighters making some serious noise in the UK (and that list would include UFC stalwarts Tarec Saffiedine, John Makdessi and Saad Awad from Bellator). Although he has yet to fight in the Middle East, he has expressed his interest to ArabsMMA.com in coming over to these shores to put on a show and would like to test his skills against some of the fighters in the region.
Currently concluding his seminar in Morocco (which had a good number of attendees), Anas sees the potential for MMA to really make a splash in the Middle East and wants to contribute as much as he can to help bring out fighters from the region to Europe and abroad. Although MMA is still not sanctioned by the athletic commission in Morroco, Anas clearly sees the demand for the sports increasing dramatically.
Schooled in Jiu Jitsu by his coach Aaron Naisbet (who is a black belt schooled by the famous Vieira brothers), the fighter also posses solid striking skills and would be a tough matchup for many of the Welterweights here.
What do you think fight fans? Would a bout with the recently crowned champion Aniss Hajjajy? Or maybe even Mohammed Walid from Dubai FC? Let us know your thoughts!