Iraqi-American mixed martial artist Hayder “Hulk” Hassan, 36, is the most recent athlete to join Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation. He is training out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States.
Hassan was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 20, 1982 to Iraqi parents. Originally from Baghdad, Iraq, the parents relocated to the U.S. in 1977.
When Hassan was in Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, he was a standout in wrestling and football. He graduated from Florida University in 2007.
The Fort Lauderdale native used to work for a pharmaceutical firm as a sales representative. He eventually left the job, started his training at the American Top Team academy and pursued a career in MMA.
In 2009, Hassan made his professional MMA debut and won his first two bouts. In 2015, he represented American Top Team on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 21 and made it to the final.
On December 15, 2015, Hassan made his UFC debut at “UFC on Fox 17” at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. He was submitted by Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, 27, of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil.
Including the UFC, Hassan competed in 11 promotions from 2009 to 2019. The others are King of the Cage, Raging Wolf, Xtreme Fighting Championships, Strikeforce, Mixed Fighting Alliance, Champion Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championship, Phoenix Fighting Championship, Kumite 1 League and M-1 Global.
Currently, Hassan holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 4 losses and is riding a three-bout streak. He won two bouts in 2018 and one in 2019.
Brave CF has yet to announce the details about Hassan’s promotion debut. The promotion took to Twitter on October 16, 2019 to welcome the Iraqi-American MMA fighter.
On October 15, 2019, Hassan took to Instagram to share the news about his signing with Brave CF. He said he was very excited to work: