Getting verified on Twitter might be the hardest thing to do in the world right now, but it’s a goal for Ramiz Brahimaj.
You would think a professional athlete in the biggest fight organization in the world, with two UFC fights to his name, could get verified with ease. But, nope, you’re wrong. It is equivalent to pulling teeth for some reason.
Brahimaj (9-3) returns to action on the first UFC card of 2022 against UFC veteran Court McGee. Hopefully, with a win, Twitter will finally take notice.
“Dude, I don’t know. I see them verifying everyone left and right. That’s something I got a beef with. People always ask me how I feel about the rankings. I don’t get a f*ck about rankings; I just want to get verified on Twitter. That’s all I care about,” Brahimaj told Cageside Press in an exclusive interview. “Nah, I’m just joking; I don’t know when they will verify me. I know that a couple of people from the UFC media have told me my verification request was in progress. I don’t know what happened to it; it’s been a little while. Maybe Twitter just forgot about me. One day I’ll be verified. One day.”
Brahimaj picked up his first UFC win in his last outing against Sasha Palatnikovv via first-round submission — and forcing the tap is something he does often. He has seven first-round submissions, and holds a 100% finish rate in his nine wins.
The Fortis MMA product has been a little less active than he would like to be the last few years, but he is looking to really pick up the action in 2022. He wants four fights this year.
“I want to get two fights in January and then February or March, just before Ramadan because I usually observe the month of Ramadan, and I take it off. I’ll still be training, still be taking care of things with clients, but of course, I’ll be limited to food and water. After that, I would like to get the ball rolling again. Like I said, four fights, if I get five fights cool, my goal this year is to stay as active as possible and cap the year off undefeated,” Brahimaj said.
He will have to go through McGee, who Brahimaj called a true OG of MMA, and was very excited when he got the call.
“Excited, honored, happy” were the emotions the 29-year old felt when he got offered, McGee.
“The are the fights that when you get into the UFC, you really do dream of. I might get flack for this, but he is well known to the hardcore fans like myself. I remember watching this guy win The Ultimate Fighter when I was in high school. The true OGs of this game know who Court McGee is. It is one of those fights that I will go in there, handle business, and have a big name under my belt… Ultimately these are the fights that I will look back and reflect on at the end of my career, and I will be so happy that I took them,” Brahimaj said.
Watch the rest of our interview with Ramiz Brahimaj above. Brahimaj vs. McGee takes place on January 15 at the UFC Apex and will be available on ESPN+.