The recurring conflicts in the Arabic region are aside when it comes to MMA. And this is what shows the Desert Force, which took its seventh edition to Jordan, with the semifinals of the 66kg and 70kg division Grand Prix. The event was held on March 7.
In one of the up to 66kg semifinals, the Jordanian Ahmed Ansari faced his compatriot Abdul Kareem El Silwadi, who is only 17. El Siwadi punished Ansari’s legs for nearly three rounds, causing the judge to interrupt the combat halfway through the third round by TKO.
For the 77kg semifinals, the black belt of Sul Jiu-Jitsu, Gabriel Tayeh accepted the frank striking with the Egyptian frank Muay Thai champion, Amr Wahman, who cut Tayeh with a strong right above the eye. At the beginning of the second round, the Palestinian-Brazilian was all over, but when pressing the Egyptian against the grid he eventually was punched by a strong right, making the UFC referee, Ives Lavigne, stop the fight.
Another highlight was the fight between Muhammad Karaki and Abdelali Yachou in which Yachou punished the opponent over him, but as Jiu-Jitsu saves, Karaki did take a triangle out of his pocket and submitted the fight before being taken to the hospital.
Check out the results of the event:
Desert Combat 7
March 7, 2013
Up to 66kg Semifinals:
Yousif Al Hamad(Kuwait) submitted Malick Quran (Jordan) in R1
Abdul Kareem El Silwadi (Jordan) won Ahmed Ansari (Jordan) by TKO in R3
Up to 70 kg Semifinals:
Haider Hashid (Jordan) won Mohamed Arti (Kuwait) by decision
Ahmed al Busari( Kuwait) won Sylvester Saba (Lebanon) by decision
Up to 77 Kg Semifinals:
Amr Wahman(Egypt) won Gabriel Tayeh (Palestine) by TKO in R2
Aniss AL Hajjajy (Morroco) won Beschir Majri (Tunisia) by decision
Firas Saadeh (Syria) won Amir Ismail (Egypt) by TKO in R1
Mohamad Fakhredine (Lebanon) knocked out Tareq Suleiman (Syria) in R1
Aziz Julaidan (Saudi Arabia) submitted Ahmed Daraki (UAE) in R1
Mohamed Karaki (Lebanon) submitted Abdelali Yachou(Morroco) in R1
Mohamed Ghorabi (Lebanon) knocked out Ibrahim Al Sawi (Egypt) in R1