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Meet Mounir Lazzez – the UFC star Dana White signed after watching highlights in a restaurant who believes Abu Dhabi can develop into ‘the subsequent Las Vegas’


The primary signal of a goosebump on the pores and skin of a human being is indicative of a reflex began by the sympathetic nervous system.

Fairly merely, it’s the human physique coming into the primary phases of combat or flight responses.

For Mounir Lazzez, there will likely be no nerves and no goosebumps on show when he makes his UFC debut within the nation he calls dwelling on Battle Island.

Mounir Lazzez is the first fighter born and raised in an Arab country to sign with UFC

@mounir_sniper (Instagram)

Mounir Lazzez is the primary fighter born and raised in an Arab nation to signal with UFC

The Group Nogueira Dubai welterweight will face Abdul Razak Hassan on July 15 on the principle card of Yas Island and has waited for greater than 15 years for this chance.

A Tunisian-born fighter, Lazzez emerged as one of many brightest prospects in his dwelling nation on the MMA scene as he excelled within the disciplines of each Muay Thai and boxing.

Lazzez is one in every of almost 100 athletes who’ll be staying in Battle Island’s ‘protected zone’, an 11km stretch of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island locked off to the general public as a security precaution for worldwide company and the Abu Dhabi group.

The ‘protected zone’ on Yas Island will likely be in place for the whole thing of UFC Battle IslandTM, which is able to run from July 11 – 26, and can home greater than 2,500 individuals for 4 occasions together with UFC 251 this weekend.

There are two octagons on Yas Island; one for competition and another on the beach just for the fighters

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There are two octagons on Yas Island; one for competitors and one other on the seashore only for the fighters

After transferring to Canada so as to add Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling to his in depth placing arsenal, he turned skilled and has since amassed a 9-1 report.

As the primary ever born and raised Arab fighter to ever compete for the UFC, the prospect to look on Battle Island is actually an honour.

Lazzez informed talkSPORT.com: “As a UAE fighter, it’s so enormous for me after they signed this enormous contract and I knew I used to be about to make my UFC debut.

“And when this pandemic got here, I don’t assume is a extra superior or extra protected firm when it comes to after they create a protected zone for the fighters on the Island and so they put workers on the bottom – prepared for each emergency state of affairs.

“That is what makes me proud to be a part of this nation, we’re working day and evening to make it profitable for the occasion and my UFC profession and I’m positive Abu Dhabi goes to be like the subsequent Las Vegas for the combat capital on this planet.

“And it will possibly develop into the most important Jiu-jitsu place on this planet and attracts black belts from all around the globe to compete. And for MMA; they’ve the deal right here now after the UFC selected to combat in Abu Dhabi to make it as a base for Battle Island and hopefully it’ll open different tasks as much as the UFC.

“It’s a giant benefit for it to be on my doorstep and be within the capital of the worldwide combat capital and I’m so grateful.”

As evidenced by the principle occasion of UFC 251, staying persistently prepared is the way in which to get forward on this sport. The decision from the world’s premier blended martial arts organisation can come at any second.

The 31-year-old was born in Tunisia and won plenty of national MMA titles

@mounir_sniper (Instagram)

The 31-year-old was born in Tunisia and received loads of nationwide MMA titles

Nonetheless, ‘The Sniper’ discovered his alternative got here through a somewhat unusual technique involving Dana White in a Las Vegas restaurant and his useful good friend.

He mentioned: “So my administration had been approached by the UFC already and so they had despatched my profile to the UFC so there have been talks about it and my identify was there.

“However what made it begin was I feel my good friend he went direct to Dana White and, by probability, crossed him in Las Vegas in some restaurant and he mentioned ‘I’ve bought one man you want to take a look at his highlights reel’.

“He confirmed him and Dana mentioned ‘wow, that is what we’d like in sport’ and he adopted me then Dana and put me in touch with [UFC Matchmaker] Sean Shelby and I put him straight in touch with my supervisor and so they supplied me a combat.

Dana White was shown Lazzez’s highlight reel in a Las Vegas restaurant

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Dana White was proven Lazzez’s spotlight reel in a Las Vegas restaurant

“I didn’t even examine who my opponent was as a result of I’ve been ready for the second all my life, I bear in mind I awakened within the morning and was like ‘S***!’

“It was loopy as a result of individuals are very annoyed, individuals are dropping their job, it’s humbling for me to get this opportunity whereas we’re in a pandemic. It makes me admire it and it has come on the proper time; I’m on the proper age the place I’m extra mature and I admire it extra I feel.

“I’m extra accountable now to signify all Arab international locations as the primary ever Arab fighter who’s born and raised and skilled right here in an Arab nation.”

Given how his rise to the highest of the game has been so expedient and he has an unlimited array of spectacular finishes in his spotlight reel, sure sections of the Arabian media have taken to describing him as ‘The Center East Conor McGregor’.

The layout for Fight Island displaying the 11km of ‘safe zone’ on Yas Island

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The structure for Battle Island displaying the 11km of ‘protected zone’ on Yas Island

Nonetheless, the 31-year-old is right here to verify the world is aware of his identify after he delivers what he hopes will likely be sometimes medical efficiency on Saturday evening.

“No I don’t know the place this data got here from, however I’m not the Conor McGregor of the Center East, I’m simply Mounir!

“I hope to be greater than Conor McGregor for the Center East!”

“I’m very proud and pleased to do that, however for me this isn’t the achievement,” he added. “It’s not sufficient to simply be within the UFC, to make my UFC debut.

“For me, I wish to make my profession profitable within the UFC, that is my objective. It’s not simply to make it there and I’m not simply somebody to place me there.

Try behind-the-scenes footage of UFC Battle Island on Abu Dhabi earlier than a packed summer time of fights

“No, no, they direct me onto the principle card in my first combat as a result of they know what I carry to the desk. I’m not somebody who’s hugging individuals on the aspect of the cage and make a boring combat protected simply to get the win.

“I’m in there combating for all my buddies and followers who’ve purchased the PPV in Dubai and so they know they will get a present and stand within the cage and make it a struggle within the rise up.”

You’ll be able to watch all of the motion from UFC 251 stay on BT Sport 1 from midnight on Saturday evening


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