On an even bigger stage and in front of a substantial broader viewers, Hashem Arkhaga is willing to shine.
A pioneer of mixed martial arts in the Center East, Arkhaga’s fascinating sort has landed him in the foremost occasion of Dana White’s Contender Sequence 40, the place he’ll meet fellow unbeaten middleweight A.J. Dobson.
Coming off two straight first-round stroll-off knockouts, the Jordanian finisher is hoping to punch his tag to the UFC with but every other highlight-reel efficiency.
“I procure honored that I’ll be headlining the card,” Arkhaga suggested MMA Junkie. “And stopping in front of Dana and the People, for me, makes no distinction. Since my closing wrestle, I thought Dana become coming to explore, so I become mentally willing for that. So now it’s like minded but every other wrestle, but every other ideal efficiency, and God willing, but every other stroll-off knockout.”
Arkhaga (6-0), a dilapidated Barren region Force champion, has impressed in the Center Jap MMA scene, competing for the handiest promotions the impart has to present. But after coming again from an practically seven-one year hiatus in top save, Arkhaga is willing to bewitch his profession to the following level.
“To this level, it become a legit scuttle,” Arkhaga talked about. “I’ve been stopping for 11 years. (I) started 2010 and after my comeback in 2019, I had two stroll-off knockouts. But for the length of COVID, I had two fights canceled for me. You below no conditions know when your wrestle is getting canceled for the length of COVID, so it become rather exhausting going thru camp two events and now now not stopping. Lastly, I purchased the knockout closing September, and my managers were talking to the UFC, and at closing, right here we’re. We bought the chance, and it’s a probability of a lifetime. We’re right here to win the contract and we’re ready extra than ever.”
Arkhaga takes on Dobson (5-0), who has notched a immense different of first-round finishes himself. But without reference to both combatants having a minimal amount of fights on their recordsdata, Arkhaga sees himself because the extra wrestle-examined fighter. His coronary heart and toughness were on plump account for in his fourth expert wrestle against Ibrahim El-Sawi, when he captured the promotion’s middleweight title in an all-out war.
“I reflect my opponent is a legit fighter both in the standup and on the bottom,” Arkhaga talked about. “I reflect he’s effectively-rounded, however I reflect I’m able to edge him all around the place the impart, especially in the boxing. I no doubt bear sharper fingers, I procure I’m the smarter fighter, and I’ve been examined. I haven’t considered him win examined sooner than in his fights, so with any luck I’ll test him in this wrestle and my prediction is a first-round knockout, as consistently.”
One of primarily the most smartly-appreciated combatants in the Center East, Arkhaga will win a probability to put collectively in Mounir Lazzez and Ali Alqaisi’s footsteps as but every other Arab-bred fighter to invent it to the UFC, that can proceed to abet delivery doors for aspiring skills in his impart.
“To be factual, I procure no doubt honored, however I don’t feel accountability or stress in any respect,” Arkhaga talked about. “I’m like minded right here to invent effectively and invent them proud. That’s what’s going to invent them proud, so I’m centered on that upright now. After I brand with the UFC, I reflect it’s going to bear a obvious carry out on the MENA impart. I’m willing to headline UFC events in the MENA impart in due route if it happens, and I’m no doubt willing to shock the UFC of how valuable of a loopy fanbase I no doubt bear in the MENA impart.”