At MMA Super Cup 2022, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia will compete as a team called the Arab Champions. The team will be lead by International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) rising star and middleweight Hazem Kayyali, 21, of Jordan.
In cooperation with the IMMAF and the Khalid Bin Hamad Sports Organization (KHK SPORTS), the MMA Super Cup 2022 will be held at BRAVE International Fight Week 2022 at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain from March 9-11, 2022. Organized by BRAVE Combat Federation as part of BRAVE International Combat Week, the MMA Super Cup presents the some of the strongest, national amateur MMA teams in the world, according to the IMMAF World Amateur MMA rankings alongside wildcard teams.
Kayyali is the most renowned athlete on the Arab Champions team competing at MMA Super Cup 2022. He gold-medaled at the 2021 World Cup Prague.
The Jordanian MMA fighter’s earlier IMMAF outing saw him earn a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in the junior light heavyweight division. He lost to Russian stand-out and eventual 2-time champion, Omar Aliev.
At the recent 2021 World Championships, Kayyali lost on day 2 to eventual gold medalist Fergus Jenkins of New Zealand. Jenkins will not be representing at the MMA Super Cup but his compatriot Jonas Grace will be in the draw at middleweight.
Light heavyweight Ricardo Bachir of Lebanon has recorded some notable victories on the IMMAF platform since 2014 including at World Championship level. The IMMAF veteran won a silver medal at the 2019 Asian Open Championships in Bangkok.
Other IMMAF veterans include bantamweight Fars Khalid Alraimi of Saudi Arabia, lightweight Abdalrhman Alhyasat of Jordan, welterweight Elie Mansour of Lebanon and heavyweight Skander Ben Ghali of Tunisia, who has also triumphed at Cage Warriors Fight Night. Here is the complete Arab Champions line-up:
- Bantamweight (135lbs): Fars Khalid Alraimi (Saudi Arabia) [Substitute: Abdulsalam Ghazi (Iraq)]
- Featherweight (145lbs): Osama Raddad (Egypt)
- Lightweight (155lbs): Abdalrhman Alhyasat (Jordan)
- Welterweight (170lbs): Elie Mansour (Lebanon)
- Middleweight (185lbs): Hazem Kayyali (Jordan)
- Light Heavyweight (205lbs): Ricardo Bachir (Lebanon)
- Heavyweight (265lbs): Skander Ben Ghali (Tunisia)
- Flyweight (125lbs): Rana Saied Alsayed Metwaly Mohamed
- Bantamweight women (135lbs): Maha Houimel (Tunisia) [Substitute: Radwa Abdelaziz (Egypt)]
- Ashraf Shishani (Jordan)
- Anas Siraj Mounir (Morocco)