Furqan “The Lion” Cheema, 29, of Pakistan was one of the winners at “Combat Challenge 24.” It was one of his quickest bouts as a professional mixed martial artist.
Featuring 10 professional MMA bouts, “Combat Challenge 24” took place at Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England on August 4, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Cheema competed in the welterweight division against Andrew Connor, of England, who is professionally known as Andy “The Immortal” Cona.
The welterweight bout between Cheema and Cona did not each the second round. The Pakistani contender Cheema got control of his English opponent against the cage and was able to squeeze a rear-naked choke in the first round.
“I got the W which was the key,” Cheema said in his post-fight interview at “Combat Challenge 4.” But I’m always going to be critical to myself and I know I have a lot to work on as there things I do good in the gym but need to start showing in my fights but hey every fight will be a learning curve.”
Cona came in with a good game plan and gained some success by leg kicks and vicious swings which got a reaction from the crowd. But Cheema managed to overcome the adversity and got the job done.
“I’m not defined by a win and I’m not defined by a loss,” Cheema shared. “It’s the journey that counts and for me it’s a long road to where I want to be but I’m making progress.”
“I had over a year and half out from MMA and one day I decided I wanted to get back into the gym and focus on the sport I enjoy with a new motivation of turning into the professional ranks,” Cheema continued. “I started training again in December 2018 and 9 months on I’ve had two professional fights and two wins which I’m pleased.”
Cheema wanted to keep it short about his victory and focused on Cona by thanking him for giving the opportunity to fight and admired the great work he does raising money for charity. The Pakistani MMA fighter said, “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the Combat Challenge event for contributing money towards the cause and showing my opponent all the respect before and after the fight.”
“This was a fight and I had to do what I had to do but it’s a sport and I respected Andrew before and after the fight and truly admire the work he does,” Cheema continued. “Andy is a warrior who fights regularly and always risking his health to give all his fight purses in helping the little girl. He is a true gentleman and I’ve made a friend from this fight.”
For those who wish to contribute to Cona’s charity works via donations, please contact him on Facebook. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Cheema: