Why I train?

Why I train?

MMA is a rising sport in Pakistan and like most other combat sports it suffers from the immediate bias of being too animalistic. There is a common problem of judging a book by its cover, and so MMA is judged by cage and blood. When I started training in Synergy DHA under Bashir Ahmad, the most common reaction I received from my peers and family was “ O my GOD! Why would anyone want to…

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What is PAK MMA to me?

What is PAK MMA to me?

Ali Haider has been a part of the Pak MMA team for over 2 years now, he is not just a fan of the sport but also a fan of MMA in Pakistan,  he is a devoted  member of the team and will be writing frequently for the page. Pak MMA means a lot to me because I have personally learnt a lot of things from it. I would like you to know what Pakmma…

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My Hangout

My Hangout

Waleed Shah has been a member of the Pak MMA team for a little less than 2 years, he is an active member of the organization and is seen around all major happenings in the MMA scene in Pakistan. We welcome Waleed Shah to our ever expanding group of writers. I was introduced to MMA in Pakistan by a very close friend. When I was told that I will be going to a “gym”, I…

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This fight is for you Pakistan!

This fight is for you Pakistan!

Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is very pleased to add Zain Asif to it’s team of writers, who will be posting articles on a weekly basis. Zain is a die hard fan of not just MMA but MMA in Pakistan and has been an avid follower of the organization since the start. “A man’s inner self is revealed from his speech”. This was the opening statement of a sermon delivered by my Sheikh Dr Shahid Awais…

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5 days later…

5 days later…

I want to tell the whole story of my ONEFC MMA fight and I figured it to be best to start from the end. It’s been 5 days since my fight and I can say that my current existence is defined as desperately trying to put myself back in that ONEFC. I refuse to accept that it’s over and the days are passing, and these cuts, theses badges of honor on my face are going…

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So…You train “UFC”?

So…You train “UFC”?

Over the years, for most extremely successful companies, it is common that the product and company name often merge into one. A prevalent example here is Mobil oil (a brand of engine oil) but most mechanics call it Mobil oil no matter the brand of engine oil they are using due to its popularity. Same is the case with MMA and UFC, a lot of people have it mixed up and it often causes major…

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UFC coming to Pakistan?

UFC coming to Pakistan?

Recently, UFC president, Dana White announced that they were going to do an Ultimate Fighter season in India somewhere in 2013. For those that don’t know, The Ultimate Fighter is an MMA reality show where various fighters compete against each other to get a contract to fight for the UFC and it has already seen international success with TUF: Brazil and TUF: The Smashes(Australia vs England) with many fighters from those countries in the UFC…

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Training Partners and Sparring

Training Partners and Sparring

Since I have been here at Team Quest, one of the biggest things I have been taking advantage of is training partners. I have a different experience with training partners than others might have but I am sure most people will be familiar with some of my issues. For one I am the coach at my gym, I am the person who introduced MMA to Pakistan and I am quite sure I will be the…

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Halfway

Halfway

So I am at the halfway point now. Doesn’t feel too bad, feels like I have spent a decent amount of time here at Team Quest Thailand and I have felt myself improve, so to add another chunk of time is not bad although I am already making plans on how to return here as soon as possible. 11 weeks is enough time to make improvements without burning out and I think my future plans…

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Why go home? A bit of a rant.

Why go home? A bit of a rant.

I looked at the calendar today. I have a little more than 8 weeks left here and although I am not even 25% of the way into my trip here I feel depressed about going back. I don’t regret what I have done and I know that what I have done in Pakistan has made many people thankful to me and I have created an entire scene and put Pakistani MMA on the map all…

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