Phoenix Fighting Championship has officially finalized their 16-fight line up to end the year for one of the fastest growing Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the world.
In what will be the promotions 4th event in only 1 year, Phoenix Fighting Championship 4 will showcase a series of its trademark Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Fights taking place in Dubai on the 22nd of December.
The headline bout features the undefeated Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez (5-0-0) against Christoophe Van Dijck (8-3-0), a formidable opponent that will welcome Lazzez back to the cage after his 2 year hiatus from competition.
The first ever Phoenix Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title opportunity will be on the line as Mixed Martial Arts veteran Moise “Swamp” Rimbon (24-11-3) battles Pavel Dorofeti (19-4-0) for the chance to make history and become the first ever Phoenix Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champion.
Team Nogueira Brazil fighter Claudio Cezario (10-4-), is making his 2nd Phoenix Fighting Championship appearance against an opponent who is yet to be determined, but promises to be a blissful surprise for the fight fans.
Sister of the UFC bantamweight women’s contender Valentina Shevchenko, Muay Thai fighter and fan favorite Antonina Shevchenko will square off against Valerie Domergue in the only ladies fight that will take place on the card.
The Lebanese welterweight heavy hitter, Mohammad Ghorabi (6-4-0), is scheduled to throw-down inside the cage against Kim Han Seul from South Korea (8-3-0), with the Lebanese fighter looking to get back to winning the winning column in his 3rd appearance at Phoenix FC.
Former UFC and Bellator fighter, Roguer “El Matador” Huerta (23-9-1), is scheduled to fight Hayder “Hulk” Hassan (6-3-0) in a fight that will make international noise no matter what the result is.
Former Desert Force undefeated double division (light-heavyweight and middleweight) champion, Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki (7-0-0), has been challenged by the also undefeated Alaa Mansour (6-0-0) who believes that he will be the first man to stain Karaki’s perfect record.
Assumed by many to be the best welterweight in the Middle East, “The Moroccan Sensation” Anas Siraj Mounir (5-1-0) debuts in Phoenix Fighting Championship taking on the promising English Mixed Martial Artist Alfie Davis (9-1-0).
Ahmed “The Shadow” Labban (4-0-0) looks to bring his unique fighting style to the cage versus Mehdi Ramezani in a fight that will take place at the lightweight division.
In perhaps one of the most anticipated bouts taking place on this Phoenix Fighting Championship card is the middleweight bout between the two Arab world Mixed Martial Arts superstars, knockout artist Ibrahim El Sawi (6-4-0) against powerful Syrian grappler Tarek Suleiman (5-4-0) in a fight that has been years in the making.
A rematch at the heavyweight division pitting Amin Nacheb (3-1-0) versus Yousef Abou Shreekh (1-1-0) is taking place, presenting Abou Shreekh with the opportunity to redeem the submission defeat that he suffered back in 2015 against Nacheb.
Younger brother of the Arab welterweight and former Desert Force middleweight champion Mohammad “the Latest” Fakhreddine, the young and upcoming Hassan Fakhreddine (1-0-0) will have his 2nd Mixed Martial Arts fight against Juares Dea (1-1-0).
The Middle Eastern bantamweight standings will look much clearer as Philippe Massoud (2-1-) from Lebanon faces Ali Qaisi (2-3-0) from Jordan.
In another rematch, Al Derbani (6-1-0) faces Siyovush Golmamadov (1-1-0), after Al Derbani won the previous contest due to an illegal kick that Golmamadov delivered to a grounded Al Derbani. This time, both these fighters want a more definitive ending to this fight.
Representing Saudi Arabia is Ahmed Makki (0-2-1) faces UAE fighter Abdullah Muhammad Ali (0-1-0) in an entertaining fight taking place at the featherweight division.
The opening fight for the Phoenix Fighting Championship 4 event is a heavyweight bout between Roman Wehbe (6-6-0) versus Fabiano Da Silva (1-7-0).
Phoenix Fighting Championship 4 will take place on the 22nd of December at the Dubai World Trade Center and promises to be one of the biggest fight cards of the year.
Fight Card [UPDATED DECEMBER 10, 2017]:
- Mounir Lazzez vs. Christophe Van Dijck
- Roger Huerta vs. Haider Hassan
- Moise Rimbon vs. Pavel Doroftei (Inaugural light heavyweight title) – TBC
- Mohammed Karaki vs. Alaa Mansour
- Mohamed Ghorabi vs. Kim Han Seul
- Antonina Shevchenko vs. Valerie Domergue
- Alfie Davis vs. Anas Siraj Mounir
- Claudio Cesario vs. Samat Emilbekov
- Ahmed Labban vs. Mehdi Ramezani
- Tarek Suleiman vs. Ibrahim El Sawi
- Amin Nacheb vs. Yousef Abu Shreekh
- Ali Choucair vs. Jaures Dea
- Philippe Massoud vs. Ali Al Qaisi
- Izzedine Al Derbani vs. Siyovush Gulmamadov
- Abdulla Mohamed Ali vs. Ahmed Makki
- Roman Wehbe vs. Fabiano Da Silva