Tristar’s Wissam Abi Nader, the Father, the Coach, and the Judge

To say that Wissam Abi Nader is good at what he does is an understatement.


To say that Wissam Abi Nader is good at what he does is definitely an understatement. Apart from being inspiring, caring and a generous humanitarian, Wissam quickly positioned himself as a very competent coach with outstanding man-management skills that saw him establish the first ever Middle Eastern Tristar gym. Tristar Lebanon’s head coach and former LMMA (Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Committee) president proved to be an outstanding assessor and mentor and this was recognized when he was appointed as a judge at the IMMAF world championships that took place in Las Vegas this June.

The father – No one could deny how committed to the sport Abi Nader is and at the same time how dedicated he his to his family. Wissam is happily married to a loving wife and was lately blessed with a beautiful girl called Nouray.

The Coach – From being the head coach of “WE MMA Academy” in Lebanon, Wissam managed to strike up an affiliation with the famous Canadian training center “Tristar Gym” making it the first Tristar Gym in the Middle East. His love for the sport intertwines with his affection for changing people’s lives through what he teaches at the gym.


The Judge – Wissam Abi Nader added to his already impressive list of accomplishments when he was named judge for the IMMAF World Championships which kicked off UFC Fight Week on June 30 and ended with the finals at UFC Fan Expo on July 5th at Mandalay Bay on the strip. Wissam was the only arab picked by IMMAF officials joining referees from USA, Ukraine, Finland, New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, Sweden, Romania, Canada and France.

Wissam Abi Nader to ArabsMMA:

It was an amazing experience being among these guys at the IMMAF World Championships, making history and representing Lebanon and all the arabs as a judge. After months of hard work across the globe, the IMMAF was successful in delivering a tournament with exceptional global standards. I would like to thank all the respectful and professional staff that I worked with along with the big hearted athletes who made it what it is!

Only a few are working to make this sport better and safer as the sport gets bigger. Let’s show support and keep an open mind. For the love of MMA. Resepect!

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  • Awesome write-up and acknowledgement of a great bloke. Congrats Wissam. Honoured to be your colleague and friend.

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