Mehmosh “The Renegade” Raza, 25, fights out of Islamabad, Pakistan. Recently, the mixed martial artist signed with BRAVE Combat Federation talked about his childhood, which he split between Pakistan and Ireland.
“Growing up, I was bullied a lot,” Raza said. “I did not fit in Pakistan nor in Ireland. I was made fun of constantly for my looks, my accent and so on. In Ireland, I would be involved in a fight everyday after school.”
“It was always the same crowd of boys, sometimes some girls, too, and there I was in the middle, getting into a fight with someone,” Raza continued. “Thankfully, most of the time, I would always win and then walk home with my sister like nothing had happened.”
When Raza was young, he was once pounded by 15 guys in Pakistan. He said, “I remember I went to defend a friend that was being jumped by a few guys and all of a sudden, I was surrounded by 15 guys (and I was) beaten like hell. They hit me in the head a lot up to the point I wasn’t even aware of what was going on around me anymore.”
“A friend of mine who was into bodybuilding came blazing through all of them, hurled me over his shoulder and carried me away,” Raza continued. “That was probably fun to watch for a third person but definitely it wasn’t for me at the time.”
Raza went on to become one of the top MMA fighters from Pakistan. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 4 losses.
Under the guidance of head coaches Sultan Ali and Ehtisham Karim Shaheen, Raza fought in different countries and had the toughest experience he can recall inside the cage so far. Out of the 13 opponents Raza had from 2015 to 2019, he considers Igor Grytskiv, 39, of Lviv, Ukraine as the toughest one so far.
On April 29, 2018, Raza and Grytskiv battled it out at “Rebel FC 7” in Shanghai, China. The Pakistani contender won via split decision.
“He was coming off seven back-to-back finishes all first-round arm bars and I remember being smashed in the first round,” Raza said of Grytskiv. “He destroyed my patellar tendon, kicked it so bad that I had a Grade 1 ACL injury but I managed to turn it around and ended up winning.”
“It’s a great story overall because the fight started with me being beaten up pretty bad and still won,” Raza continued. “It was a dramatic comeback.”
Currently, Raza has 1 win and 1 loss in BRAVE CF. He shared, “My legacy is everything to me.”
“I want to put where I come from on the map for the right reasons,” Raza continued. “It’d be a very strong message to say that the best in the world is here, he comes from Pakistan, and he’s doing positive things. I want to leave a good message, help people become the best, and let them know that they can do good things, spread positivity and make the world a better place. Inshallah.”