UAE Warriors 35: Africa 4 opens a three-day series of events. Eslam Syaha, Ramadan Numan, and Ahmed Faress will represent Egypt on this all-African fight card. All three will take on the South African fighters. The event takes place on February 24 in Eithad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Eslam Syaha vs. Zaakir Badat set for UAE Warriors 35
The Egyptian fighter sports a 13 – 2 professional record. Ares FC and Brave CF alumni currently enjoy a four-fight winning streak. He’s unbeaten inside the UAE Warriors cage as he beat both Ndidi Alonu and Laïd Zerhouni and won Arabia welterweight title in the process. In his sole Brae CF appearance, he stopped Mohamad Ghorabi in the very first round. However, this winning streak was predeceased with another one, which lasted eight straight bouts. It was stacked mainly in AUFC promotion.
His opponent, Zaakir Badat is less experience. The South Africa representative has a 4 – 1 record. He won his first three consecutive fights and next he was defeated by Erçin Şirin. After this disastrous UAE Warriors debut he bounced back by beating Ndidi Alonu.
Ramadan Numan vs. Tapiwa Katikati
Numan is a true pioneer of the Egyptian MMA circuit. He made his debut back in 2012 in Egyptian FC promotion. Now he sports a 9 – 7 record and rides a three-fight winning streak. In his sole UAE Warriors appearance he lost to Mohammad Yahya via TKO. Since then he won three consecutive fights. Most recently he defeated Johan Van de Hel at Qadysa MMA 2.
Katikati is an unbeaten EFC mainstay. He won all of his five bouts, securing three submissions wins and stopping two of his opponents. His sole loss came during his amateur days when he was bested by Stephen Happi back in 2018.
Ahmed Faress vs. Cedric Doyle
Faress is another veteran of the Egyptian MMA. However, his fortune is quite different from that of his fellow countrymen. ‘The Prince’ suffers a four-fight losing streak. However, three of these losses came against top-caliber opposition: Edward Kelly, Ali Alqaisi, and Mohamed Machaev. This is quite opposite to the beginning stage of his career when he stacked up a twelve-fight winning streak.
Doyle is another EFC and Brave CF veteran, who will be making his UAE Warriors debut. He sports a 10 – 5 – 1 record. The South African fighter will try to make his way back to a winning column after his recent loss to Pierre Botha.