Several fighters on the “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” card hold an undefeated professional mixed martial arts record. One of them is Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 25, of Iraq and Sweden and his story is more than just being unbeaten.
Albazi was born in Baghdad, Iraq on November 27, 1993. In search of a better life, he was forced to flee the country during the war.
For two years, Albazi and his family stayed in different places until they settled in Sweden, a radical change from the life he left behind. He lashed out while he was unable to speak the Swedish language and shocked with the cultural differences.
The move to Sweden made Albazi rebellious as he would get into street fights whenever he could. However, that all changed when he crossed paths with MMA.
“After we moved to Sweden, it was hard,” Albazi recalled. “Not being able to speak the language and being the new kid in a new country got me in a lot of street fights. Violence was my only answer at the time.”
“I grew up as an immigrant kid in Stockholm,” Albazi continued. “My parents didn’t have it great economically so I had to learn how to take care of myself. I found out about MMA and turned something negative into something positive.”
As a lover of soccer, Albazi used to practice and play a lot. But when MMA came into his life, it took over everything.
“I remember that it was a different feeling than I had by playing soccer,” Albazi shared. “I could control everything myself instead of relying on others.”
Soon after taking Jiu-Jitsu lessons, Albazi spanned out to other sports. In order to keep progressing as an MMA fighter, he ended up at the famous London Shootfighters in London, England, where he currently trains.
On April 19, 2019, Albazi will make his Brave Combat Federation debut at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. Before joining the Bahrain-based MMA promotion, he amassed a perfect professional MMA record fighting for other big promotions mainly in Europe.
“My previous promotion didn’t have a flyweight championship in the works and I know Brave is investing in the division,”Albazi stated. “I’m excited to fight for Brave and I think the fans are going to love my style of fighting. The bigger the stage, the better I perform so I’m really excited about this.”
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Albazi will compete in the flyweight division against Jose “Shorty” Torres, 26, of the United States. The latter is a former UFC fighter and is also a Brave CF debutante.
For Albazi, Torres is a good opponent who can test his skills. The undefeated Swedish-Iraqi fighter said, “I have belief in my own skillset and I don’t see the fight going the distance.”
“He might be getting all the attention now,” Albazi said of Torres. “But everyone will soon see who The Prince is. We have a very tough division at flyweight full of talented fighters but I’m coming for all of them. No mercy.”
Here is a clip featuring Albazi:
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