Dubai Fight Academy, a member of the World Muaythai Council (WMC), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) and Federation of Muaythai Asia (FAMA) organized the first ever officially sanctioned Muaythai event in Dubai – WAR on the SHORE, which packed the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Amphitheatre to bursting point and received huge media interest around the world.
The undercard was sanctioned under IFMA and FAMA and the much anticipated title fights were sanctioned under WMC, the first of which was a Middle East Light Heavyweight title fight that saw Abdallah Abou Hamdan (82kg) take on Vahid Mahdavi (80kg) over five rounds of world class Muaythai, with Abdallah winning on a points decision.
This was followed by a title fight for the vacant WMC Middle East Heavyweight Title between Ramazan Ramazanov (93kg) and Evert Fyeet (94kg), with Ramazan in superb form unleashing his full Muaythai arsenal and leaving the referee no option but to stop the fight in the fourth.
The final fight was for the WMC Middle East Super Heavyweight Title between Dzhamal Kasumov (108kg) and Roger Pinas (104kg) and was the one the audience had been waiting for – Dubai came alive as the two super heavyweights went to war over five rounds of non-stop action. Both boys were going toe to toe, but in the fifth round Kasumov gave it his all and caught Pinas off guard and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Congratulations to the Dubai Fight Academy on what was certainly a great night and promotion for Muaythai. WAR on the SHORE will be televised on Fox Sport, UBC and the WMC Network and the next Dubai event is already in planning.