After hitting Desert Force by storm, Team Shogun’s Ramy Hamed, one of the two fighters sponsored by Sayfco Holding, is now riding a 3 win streak in the promotion’s toughest division. With three first round finishes, the latest being at Desert Force 18 against Soufien Oudina by way of TKO, Hamed is now regarded as the first challenger to face the Champion Mounir Lazzez. Yet this win came with a heavy price, an injury that will keep the Lebanese fighter on the sidelines for a little while.
“In the opening 20 seconds of my fight I dropped Soufien and he attempted a knee bar, and that’s were I injured my PCL and MCL. I really felt the pain, and this is when I knew that I had to finish the fight on the ground.”
The PCL is the posterior cruciate ligament in the knee which connects the thigh bone and shine bone, and the MCL is band of tissue on inside of your knee which connects the thighbone to the bone of the lower leg and keeps the knee from bending inward. A serious injury that requires time to heal. With three consecutive wins, and as expected from Desert Force promotion, a title shot could have very well been granted to Hamed. But with the current circumstances, Ramy will be out for a good 2-3 months before recovering, thus most probably not coming back before 2016.
“I will be out in the next event, but am planning to get back in the cage on Desert Force 20 and I want to face whoever has the title at that point”.
The Welterweight title holder Mounir Lazzez is still to defend his title, and rumor has it that this could happen as part of Al Academia Season 3 Finale in Egypt.
Hamed is one of the fastest growing prospects on the Arab MMA scene, and is undoubtedly one of the top three welterweights in the promotion. However with this injury, more fighters could climb the ladder and will be eyeing the Shield! What will happen next? Only time will tell.
What kind of match-ups do you guys expect to see if the #1 contender is disputed?