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Article about Bristols first ever UFC fighter Nad Narimani in Bristol Post.
Bristol's Nad Narimani to fight at UFC London after being handed 'opportunity of a lifetime'
The Bristolian will take part in mixed martial arts’ premier promotion in UFC Fight Night 127 at the O2 Arena
Nad Narimani, current world Cage Warriors Featherweight champion has been given the opportunity of a lifetime.
He has been selected for a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) bout in London on Saturday night. The 30-year-old Sea Mills resident will be fighting German lightweight Nasrat Haqparat at the 02 Arena in London, which is live on BT Sport.
He has been given this fight with only 4 days notice after Haqparat’s opponent Alex Reyes became injured and was forced to pull out of the fight.
The UFC is the pinnacle competition for mixed martial artists worldwide, where fighters dreams of becoming millionaires can be fulfilled. The UFC Fight Night 127 will see Narimani take the same step as former Cage Warriors champions Connor McGregor, Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Brett Johns and many in front of a worldwide television audience.
He is currently on a 3 fight winning streak, with wins over Jeremy Petley, Daniel Requeijo, and his world title win over Paddy Pimblett in April’s Cage Warriors 82 in Liverpool. This represents a big step up though, as he takes his place on the preliminary card at the 02 Arena.
This is huge for Bristol, as he becomes the only Bristol based fighter to ever take part in the UFC. He is looking forward to representing his city at the highest level of world sport, and in an exclusive interview with the Bristol Post he tells us, ‘I am very happy and proud to be from Bristol. It’s the best city in England without doubt for me, and there are so many great people in the area. I hope to do them all proud.’
He is not the only fighter from Bristol though, as Danny Roberts who has made the successful transition to UFC, grew up in Knowle West. He moved away from the city several years ago and now fights out of liverpool. He is infact on the same bill on Saturday night, taking on Swedish fighter Oliver Encamp. Even more reason to watch.
Despite the 4 days notice, and obvious lack or pre-fight preparation, Narimani remains confident, ‘I am absolutely gonna fight my heart out, give it my all, leave nothing behind, and see what happens.’
‘It is really a dream come true to be fighting in the best competition and organisation in the world. It has come as a bit of a shock, but am very excited.’
Of Iranian heritage, a family man who’s father runs the Kuch restaurant in Clifton, his family will all be supporting and watching intently, ’My family are super proud, my biggest fans. They are the ones who really know the sacrifices I have made and how hard I have worked for this.’
Narimani took the sport up aged 20. He trained in tae kwon Do as a kid, and has successfully made the transition to mixed martial arts. He fights for Team Alpha Male, and trains at Sweatbox in Bedminster, and works regularly with highly respected Brazilian Ju Jitsu coach Pedro Bessa.
If successful this could launch Narimani into the big league, ‘When opportunities like this knock on your door you have to open it, they may not come again!’
Fingers crossed for Nad Narimani, the whole of Bristol is behind you.
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- Type: Top end sport stars
- Date Created: 15/3/2018
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