Haider Rasheed emerged victorious from his last fight! Albeit he is stuck in a pickle, having devastated most of the serious contenders in his weight class he must feel a bit like troy !!
The freshly crowned Desert Force champ is now 4-0 in his professional MMA career. His dominant last performance against the Kuwaiti Ahmed Boussairy has left the fighter in a bit of a conundrum. He holds wins over 4 fighters in his division which leaves Ahmad Darmaki, Abdelali Mouira or Mazin al Hindi as the only lightweight fighters has not faced (and they are all currently on a 0-1-0 record in the promotion).
Regionally there are a few other fighters that could have a good case to come into the promotion and challenge the Champ. Elie El Rayess and Mohammed Walid included are potential challengers for the Jordanian champ, but we feel it takes a more formidable record to challenge for the title!
Enter “Tarzan”. Nope not that one, but the Tunisian version of him, Mansour Barnaoui
Mansour is an absolute beast who really stumbled across MMA through sheer coincidence. A BMX and skating fan growing up, he didn’t entertain martial arts until his neighbor persuaded him to join him in his gym.
A young fighter who stands at 6 foot, the Team Magnum product amassed an impressive 8-2-0 record winning 5 of his fights via submission and 2 via TKO losing only twice by decision. He was the first fighter to submit Brad Wheeler in 14 fights and would relish the opportunity to test himself in the Middle East.
In a nutshell, Haider has proven himself against all the formidable opposition in the Desert Force promotion. Now it is up to the young fighter to test himself against fighters with an international pedigree who could help MMA fans in the region with the bugging question in the back of our minds. Can our champions compete with global talent?