Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, 42, of the United States knocked out Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, 43, of Brazil at “UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 27, 2008. This fight made Mehmosh “The Renegade” Raza, 25, of Pakistan interested in mixed martial arts.
A cousin visiting from Canada brought with him some tapes of MMA fights. Raza recalled, “My cousin showed up with a few tapes of old PRIDE and UFC fights, he also had some boxing tips videos.”
“Those are definitely the first memories I have of getting to know the sport and falling in love with it,” Raza continued. “It was love at first sight.”
“I spent several days watching fights and those tutorials over and over again but one fight in particular stood out for me and was the one I watched more and that really made me a huge fan,” the Pakistani MMA fighter added. “It was Wanderlei Silva vs Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in Japan.”
Jackson and Silva had their rematch at “Bellator 206” at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, USA. Again, the American contender knocked out his Brazilian opponent.
“Bellator 206” marked Silva’s most recent bout. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 35 wins, 14 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest.
With a newly found love for MMA, Raza faced the obstacle of how to train in Pakistan, where the MMA scene was virtually nonexistent. Through a friend, he heard about illegal fights that used to take place on a rooftop and thought that would be a good way to start, an experience that would change his life forever.
“They called those ‘smoker fights beatdowns’ if I’m not mistaken,” Raza shared. “Every few months, people would gather on those rooftops and participate in these secret fights.”
“You didn’t need experience,” Raza continued. “You just sign up, send them your name and weight and they would match you with someone to fight. Knowing that, I went to a gym, hit a heavy bag for like a week and a half and said, ‘This might be enough. I’m gonna sign up now.'”
According to Raza, he showed up with a friend at a rooftop. They checked his weight and matched him up with a guy who had fought over there a few times before.
“Well, as you can imagine, I got absolutely smoked,” Raza laughed. “The only good thing about it was that right after it I knew I wanted proper mentoring and training and that was when I joined Team Fight Fortress and haven’t looked back since.”
Currently, Raza is signed with BRAVE Combat Federation. Competing professionally since 2015, he now holds a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 4 losses.