UAE Warriors 14 Preview

Islam Mamedov def. Ylies Djiroun
Islam Mamedov def. Ylies Djiroun Credit: PFL

United Arab Emirates Warriors is back with more to give a day after Thanksgiving. A huge fourteen fight card at UAE Warriors 14 starts with the newcomers. So let’s not waste any time, and take a look at the action to come.

Rashed Dawood (0-0) competes against Khamza Yamadaev (0-0) in their first professional fight. Next to perform at UAE Warriors 14 is Youssef Al Housani (2-0), who looks to remain undefeated in his young career. However, against Housani is the Irish fighter Jason Kearns (1-0). Following that scrap, a solid regional fighter from Brazil named Victor Nunes (5-4) goes against the lengthy bantamweight, Siyovush Gulmamadov (3-2).

Without a doubt an athlete to keep your eye on is Russia’s Makkasharip Zaynukov (11-3) who knuckles up against the dangerous Damien Lapilus (17-12-2). Also competing on the card is undefeated Atabek Abdimitalipov (4-0), facing Hussein Salem (4-3). If that is not sufficient the card has another bantamweight clash between Vinicius de Oliveira (13-2) and Alexander Keshtov (9-1). So many solid prospects hoping to ascend to the top of UAE Warriors 14. Not to mention two title fights.

Continued Main Card Bouts for UAE Warriors 14

Now the card rolls on with eight more bouts. Following the bantamweights, Shannon Ross (12-5) draws Donavon Frelow (6-3). After that concludes, unbeaten Dan Collins (3-0) gets his shot against the well-rounded Mohammad Yahya (7-2). Then PFL veteran Islam Mamedov (18-1-1) takes on lightweight Martun Mezhlumyan (10-1). Also in the lightweight division, South Korean, Ho Taek Oh (6-2-1) will challenge Ronald Sago (7-1). All of these athletes have huge opportunities in front of them with many, just one, or a few wins from title implications.

Main Card Breakdown

Finally the end of the card is in reach, where ultimately two champions will be crowned. First, let’s look at a few bouts that lead us into the championship title fights. Training out of Tristar, Youssef Ghrairi (7-2) will look to make a statement against Gilber Ordoñez Huila (10-2). Then Mohamad Ghorabi (6-5) looks to get in the win column, when he fights Shido Boris Soto Esperanca(5-0). The first belt on the line is the UAEW Vacant Bantamweight Championship, where Xavier Alaoui (11-3) will face Juares Dea (7-2). Ultimately the night will cap off with Gabriela Campo (6-1) looking to take home gold against Manon Fiorot (4-1).

Youssef vs. Ghrairi vs. Gilber Ordoñez

Despite his recent setback, the Tristar product trained by Faraz Zahabi is a definite threat to the lightweight division. With extremely powerful hands, it’s no surprise he’s dispatched of several opponents in the first round. As long as Ghrairi is careful, his Muay Thai style can carry him to a finish. However, Ordoñez always brings the fight, and most importantly is on a win streak unlike Ghrairi.

Mohamad Ghorabi vs. Shido Boris Soto Esperanca

Since Ghorabi is coming from not only a lay off, but a losing streak, he will be looking for an emphatic finish. In the way, the scary undefeated Esperanca who often gets the job done by nasty ground and pound. Since Esperanca is a powerful and quick starter, if Ghorabi weathers the early storm, surely the athlete might find a path to victory albeit a small one.

UAE Warriors 14 Co Main Event – Xavier Alaoui vs. Juares Dea

For the bantamweight championship, one of Canada’s biggest prospects, Xavier Alaoui, has his work cut out for him against Juares Dea. Mainly because the Angola native has won his last five bouts impressively. Additionally, the “Crazy Cameroonian” has shown his ability to get the job done on the mat as well. Overall, Dea is well rounded so Alaoui’s game plan and patience will be paramount to picking up the win. Under the tutelage of Zahabi, Alaoui’s grappling will be a key asset in this fight. Either way, a new king will be atop the bantamweight division Friday November 27.

UAE Warriors 14 Main Event – Manon Fiorot vs. Gabriela Campo

The ultra dangerous Manon Fiorot is back for the vacant flyweight championship. In her path is an extremely exciting flyweight by the name of Gabriela Campo. Despite her lack of experience, Campo’s on a six fight win streak, with the latest five coming by way of finish. At times, the public believes that smaller weight classes simply don’t produce the power or violence. But both of these flyweight warriors prove that speculation wrong. Interestingly, Fiorot is also on a six fight win streak. These two are destined to collide, and fans will finally get a new flyweight champion crowned on November 27. Fiorot is also an IMMAF amateur champ, and the current EFC champ – for more on her, check out our Weekly MMA Prospect Report.


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