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[EXCLUSIVE] Why Pakistan’s Kamran Iqbal wants ONE Championship, BRAVE CF

Kamran “Kamitose” Iqbal, 26, of Islamabad, Pakistan made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2011. He had two bouts in 2012, went on hiatus from 2013 to 2015 and made a comeback with one win in 2016.

After having two wins in 2017, Iqbal went on hiatus in 2018 and returned with one win in 2019. Currently, he holds a professional MMA record of 6 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw.

Iqbal is interested in joining ONE Championship and BRAVE Combat Federation, which are based in Singapore and Bahrain, respectively. Among his MMA idols are Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 31, of Ireland, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya, 31, of New Zealand and Nigeria, Jon “Bones” Jones, 33, of the United States, TJ Dillashaw, 34, of the U.S., Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 33, of the U.S., Sean “Sugar” O’Malley, 25, of the U.S., Francis “The Predator” N’Gannou, 33, of France and Cameroon, Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero, 43, of Cuba and the U.S. and Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman, 33, of Nigeria and the U.S.

 

Managed by MTK Global MMA, Iqbal is one of the most promising professional MMA fighters from South Asia. Here is a brief interview I had with the undefeated Pakistani MMA fighter:

CONAN DAILY: If you had to choose a mixed martial arts promotion to join, what would it be and why?

KAMRAN IQBAL: I want to choose ONE Championship and BRAVE CF because these organisations are interested in Pakistani fighters. We are in South Asia and it’s a good market for them, too. MMA is growing in our region. Both these organizations promote Pakistani fighters and they have a big following in our region.

CD: Who is your MMA idol? 

KI: I don’t have a single idol.there are a variety of fighters I idolize everyone for their own thing, such as Conor for trash talk and backing it up, Adesanya for excellent striking, Jones for a huge arsenal, TJ Dillashaw for his striking style, Cejudo for adjusting and pressure, O’Malley for the way he presents himself and his fighting style, N’Gannou and Romero for coming into MMA scene late and going big, Kumaru Usman for the way he neutralizes his opponents and many more for their own thing.

CD: What makes you proud as a Pakistani? 

KI: Pakistan is a great and beautiful country and we are blessed by God to be born here. I am so proud to represent Pakistan on international MMA scene. The MMA in Pakistan is still growing but I am sure we will get what we deserved from people of Pakistan. Thank you.

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