The ‘Pride of Palestine’ Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady is ready for the big stage. With Brave having already introduced a featherweight, welterweight and light heavyweight champion, he hopes they will introduce the lightweight title through him.
One of the most popular fighters on the roster, the 7-1 lightweight is one of the few fighters that have notched two wins under the banner and feels he is the right guy to introduce the title through.
“I’m hoping not only to fight in November but to have a lightweight title fight there,” Selwady said. “They already got rid of the welterweight, light heavyweight and featherweight titles so the lightweight title has to be on the line and I’m definitely the most qualified lightweight out there.”
“I’m the most qualified lightweight, I don’t care who they put in front of me as long as it’s for the title, I’ll fight for that title and hopefully they have that title fight in November in Bahrain.”
He last competed in Abu Dhabi this past March in a fight where he rallied back to finish Michael Deiga-Scheck in the second round.
The win gave Selwady a lot of momentum which he hoped to carry through into a hometown show in Jordan that never came into fruition.
“I’ve been planning to fight about 4 fights this year,” Selwady explained. “Starting the year with March and I was hoping to fight again in August on the Brazil card and they said if you just wait until September, hopefully we can have an event there in Jordan.”
“Now it looks like there are no shows in September and that’s a really big bummer for me that I’d have to wait from August until November. I don’t have anything confirmed for November either.”
Since March, he has been keeping his weight low, staying in full training camp mode and just waiting for the call. With the next show projected not to happen until November, Selwady has been keeping himself occupied, most recently winning a grappling match in Texas.
“Since I’ve had a break, I started to do professional jiu-jitsu,” Selwady said. “I had my first professional jiu-jitsu match and I finished that submission only match with a rear naked choke. If I’m not doing MMA, I like to do these tournaments to keep me motivated.”
Despite not competing in the cage as of late, Selwady’s name has been in the Brave headlines. The recently victorious Alejandro Martinez called out Selwady, claiming that he hasn’t fought a real lightweight yet.
“The thing is with Alejandro Martinez, he claims his record is 14-1 but on Sherdog it’s like 3-0 I think,” Selwady said on Martinez. “If Brave wants to set that fight as the title fight, I would be more than glad to shut his mouth and take that title home.”
Selwady who moved to Texas and trains at Fortis MMA full time, is confident that his team will propel him to the title and help push him to the next level.
“I actually moved to the US, to Texas just to train with Fortis MMA,” Selwady said. It’s a really tough team and it’s an up and coming team. We have plenty of guys signing with the UFC.”
“I train there with Coach Sayif Saud. Coach Sayif is a very good mentor; he pushes all the group of young, hungry athletes. We all have the same dream and it’s like a family over here. Everyone supports each other and the team is the toughest team in Texas.”
While his dream is to headline Brave’s biggest show yet in November for the lightweight title, Selwady has a plan B in mind and even has a targeted name.
“If Brave wants me to fight another fight before the title fight, I’d like to fight Chris Padilla,” Selwady said. “His nickname is Taco, the one that fought in Mexico. He was the winner of the co-main event and if they want to give me the title shot then whoever, let’s do this.”
The proud Palestinian may not be getting his primary wish of headlining a show in Jordan right now but finds it equally as important to represent his nation on all stages.
“Representing Palestine on the Brave stage or any stage is the biggest responsibility I have. It motivates me to always push harder, always fighting for my people even if I’m tired and I can’t, there’s a bigger reason than myself. It’s for all the Palestinians; it’s for all the Arabs.”
“I represent them and I represent our fight, we all go through a fight and even though mine is hard, it’s the easiest one out of them. They go through so much so this is basically my fight for the nation.”
“To be able to fly the flag high for my nation is exactly how I got my nickname, the “Pride of Palestine”. They’re all proud of me and that’s what makes me even happier and more proud to represent my people.”
Conor McGregor Charged with Assault for Dublin Incident
Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor has been charged with assault for punching a man in a bar in Dublin, Ireland back in April, that carries a maximum prison term of six months if convicted, a fine of $1,646, or both, according to the Independent.
McGregor’s spokesperson Karen Kessler confirmed that McGregor was formally served with a summons and is due in a Dublin court on October 11th, in a conversation with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
McGregor expressed remorse for the incident back in August, during an interview with ESPN.
“I was in the wrong,” McGregor said, at the time. “That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. … I tried to make amends, and I made amends back then. But it doesn’t matter. I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That’s not who I am. That’s not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario.”
“I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption, retribution, respect — the things that made me the man I am,” McGregor continued. “And that’s what I will do.”
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UFC’s Stipe Miocic Likely Out for Year
UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic is considered to be “highly unlikely” to compete again for the remainder of 2019 after the fighter suffered an eye injury during his fight with Daniel Cormier back in August, Miocic’s agent said, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Miocic (19-3) knocked out Cormier to reclaim the heavyweight title during the fourth round of their rematch at UFC 241, and there had been interest in a 3rd fight between Cormier and Miocic, potentially taking place at UFC 245 on December 14th in Las Vegas, however Miocic says that he is still recovering from a procedure that was done on his retina.
“I’ll be ready to fight when I can see out of both eyes again,” Miocic said in a statement to ESPN. “I can’t wait to defend my belt.”
According to Miocic’s agent, Jim Walter, the eye injury occurred when Cormier accidentally poked Miocic in the eye during the fight at UFC 241.
Miocic had complained of eye pokes during both of his fights against Cormier.
“Mr. Miocic sustained a major retina injury from multiple eye pokes during his bout at UFC 241,” said Walter, of Kaulig Sports and Entertainment. “Our client’s health and safety is our top priority. We are excited for him to return to action when he is healthy to compete in his seventh consecutive world title fight.”
Cormier, 40, recently stated his desire to put off retirement to fight Miocic a third time.
“I’m gonna fight this guy again,” Cormier said during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show earlier this week. “My intention is to fight him in the right way. … It has to be against Stipe, no one else matters.”
Dana White: BJ Penn Won’t Fight in UFC Again
UFC president Dana White says that BJ Penn won’t be fighting in the UFC again after a pair of videos surfaced online showing Penn fighting in the streets while in Hawaii.
Penn (16-14-2), 40, was expected to fight Nik Lentz before the end of the year, but White says that plans to make that fight happen are now off following the videos going viral.
“He won’t fight again, that’s it,” White said, according to Brett Okamoto. “That’s a wrap. It’s not even that this was the last straw. I didn’t love him continuing to fight anyway, but with the relationship that he and I have — he gets me on the phone, begging me for another fight. It’s hard to turn him down.
“After what I saw in that video, BJ needs to, you know, he needs to focus on his personal life before he thinks about fighting.”
Penn, who will not face any charges for the incidents, and his representatives have since said he was trying to diffuse the situation and ultimately acted in self-defense.
“I don’t want to sit here and pick BJ Penn apart,” White said. “I think we all know what BJ Penn needs to do and hopefully BJ Penn knows what BJ Penn needs to do. What I saw in that video was sad and I love the kid. I hope he gets his life together. If BJ Penn needs me, all he has to do is pick up the phone and ask.”
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