Hussain “Iron” Ayyad, 25, of Bahrain is looking to build a winning streak after his victory against “The Rush” Mohamed Abo Ali, 27, of Egypt at “Brave 18″ on November 16, 2018 at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain. But in order to do so, the Bahraini mixed martial artist will need to beat Jason “Python” Vergara, 22, of the Philippines at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” on March 15, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
To Ayyad, the prospect of fighting in his opponent’s backyard is encouraging. He guarantees the boos will spur him on in pursuit of his third professional win after a stellar amateur career.
“Personally, the challenge of fighting an opponent in front of his own fans makes me give a stronger push to win,” Ayyad said in an interview with Bahrain TV. “I shouldn’t let the crowd affect me. I think it’s the opposite.”
“I think it affects him,” Ayyad said of Vergara. “When I catch him with something, I’m sure his fans will blame him, and not me.”
When speaking of Vergara as an opponent, Ayyad admits he has created a specific gameplan to deal with the Filipino’s striking prowess. Hussain said he watched tape on Vergara and could sense his opponent will look to maintain the fight on the feet, which is ready to do as well.
“I always research my opponents and it wasn’t different with Jason Vergara,” Ayyad said. “However, I couldn’t find enough videos on him, but from what I saw, I feel he trusts his striking game and uses a lot of his muay thai skills. So we developed a gameplan to deal with that, training to fix some of the mistakes in my previous fights. Hopefully, all the training will pay off and the fight will be easier because of the time I put in the preparation.”
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” marks the first time the biggest MMA promotion in the Middle East lands in the Philippines. Bantamweight champion and local hero Stephen Loman headlines the historical fight card as he looks to defend his crown for the third time against Elias Boudegzdame. In the co-main event, SBG Ireland’s Cian Cowley looks for his third promotional victory against John Brewin.
Here is a clip featuring Loman and Boudegzdame: