Similar events have been held in Bahrain as part of supporting and enhancing the Amateur MMA scene and the athletes involved in it. In fact, H.H. Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the ultimate supporter of KHK MMA made his amateur debut last April, 2016 in an event that had some of the best Indian amateurs square off with Bahrain’s top athletes. He won his fight in under 12 seconds!
This time his highness returns to the cage, competing in a lightweight matchup against Indian fighter Manish Kumar. Remarkably, after having cornered Hussain Mahdi Maki Ayyad at the 2015 IMMAF European Open Championship, H.H Shaikh Khalid and Hussain will now be fighting in the same fight card at home.
Hussein was the first athlete to bring a medal back to Bahrain in an international competition. He represented Bahrain in Birmingham, raising the flag on the podium! He went on to compete in the 2016 IMMAF Worlds where he came short in the opening round. In that same event though, Bahraini bantamweight prospect Fahad Abdulrazaq also made history, bringing Bahrain the first ever bronze medal in a world championship.
Fahad will also take part in this event (India Vs Bahrain Amateur Championship) after having been outside competition since July. Fahad showcased great skills and impressed a lot of scouts in Las Vegas. His laid back style mixed with sudden aggressiveness leaves his opponents unaware and vulnerable for attacks.
This event, regardless the fact that not much media coverage surrounds it has significant impact on the Arab MMA scene. Fighters will be fully focused as the IMMAF Worlds are coming to town by the end of this year.