FEATURE – Amir Albazi Rocks Bellator 179 at Wembley SSE Arena

Although Iraqfootball.me is dedicated to bringing you the latest news and opinionated pieces from around the world regarding Iraqi football, we also like to support our fellow countrymen and women partaking in different sports.

Amir ‘prince’ Albazi is quickly becoming a household name in the world of MMA. The 23 year old is native to Iraq and proud to represent his country. The lightweight Jiujitsu specialist adorned his country’s national colours as he won gold in the Asian Beach Jiujitsu Games in Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Having previously resided in Sweden, Amir now lives in London and trains in London Shootfighters with a team that includes his older brother, Omid. Going into his tenth fight, his first ever in Bellator (the equivalent of UFC), Amir holds an unbeaten record of 9 career wins. The person standing in the way of a tenth career victory was 24 year old Jamie Powell, from Lancashire, England. Powell is also a growing name in the MMA world and had recorded seven career victories going into the fight.

“I’m so excited. I can’t wait to put a loss on this guy’s record and show that I’m still one of the best in the world. I’ll hit him a few times and he’ll realise how hard I punch, panic and try to take me down. He’s got a good ground game, but I’m confident in my grappling.”

Powell Was Confident Going Into The Fight

A confident fighter, Jamie promised to take away the prince’s unbeaten record in front of a crowd of 12500 at Wembley SSE Arena. During the weight-in, the Englishman was adamant of creating a spectacle for the fans when he removed a crown from the head of Amir, who had worn it as a play on from his nickname, and placed it on his own. Tension flared and the fight couldn’t come any earlier.

Amir’s friends, many of whom had traveled from Sweden just to support him, put on an incredible show at the event and provided an incredible representation of Iraqi fans’ passion. Amir didn’t let them down either, where he took the fight to Jamie from the get-go. It was a tense affair and quite evenly matched in the first round. However, the Iraqi soon found is rhythm and begun dominating Jamie. The last round especially was particularly impressive, where Amir was close to submitting Jamie but the 24 year old held on.

Close To Submission

With the fight over, the three judges unanimously declared Amir victorious and the Iraqi continued his incredible run with a tenth consecutive career victory. After the fight, Amir was keen to celebrate with his friends and family in the stand and they put on an incredible show once he had arrived into the seated section.

“He’ll Regret Ever Touching My Crown”

The 23 year old undoubtedly has a glistening career ahead of him, which he can now focus on entirely given that he has just completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Roehampton University. Speaking exclusively to iraqfootball.me after the fight, Amir said he is eager to continue developing and working his way up into the world of UFC.

” I prefer to have won the fight by finishing the opponent with a submission or a knockout but I’m still proud to win at Bellator and to prove to my fellow countrymen that hard work pays off at the end. This is just the beginning for the Prince. Just watch!” – Amir Albazi


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