Al-Aqili is the champion of the UAE in the junior bantam weight of 61 kg

Al Dhaheri: The tournament achieved all its goals and we have a bright future for the game

Abu Dhabi, January 16, 2023: The third mixed martial arts championship for juniors concluded yesterday evening, Sunday, in Abu Dhabi, at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, with the participation of 32 male and female players who fought 16 bouts, while today’s competitions included the crowning of the UAE champion in the junior bantamweight division (16). -18 years old 61 kg.

Al-Aqili Al-Zaabi was able to win the title in this category, after a wonderful fight with Saeed Al-Nuaimi, where he succeeded in achieving victory by decision of the jury.

The competitions were attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, His Excellency Abdul Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation, and His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the Federation.

His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Federation, expressed his happiness with the success of the tournament, the achievement of all its goals, and the great public interaction with the competitions, explaining that allocating this tournament to juniors reflects the federation’s efforts to focus on this category, which represents the cornerstone of establishing a strong team capable of competing. In different squares.

Al Dhaheri continued: “This tournament is of particular importance because it comes at the beginning of the season, and the strong performance presented by the players is a positive indicator that carries important indications of entering into a successful season at all levels, especially since such an atmosphere and tournaments help our sons and daughters to adapt and gain confidence to participate in the tournament.” The World Mixed Martial Arts Championship in Abu Dhabi for juniors next August.”

Al Dhaheri congratulated the winners of the championship competitions and extended special congratulations to Zamzam Al Hammadi, who achieved the only victory in the women’s competition, stressing that Emirati girls are able to shine in this type of sports. He said: “Zamzam Al Hammadi and her colleagues in the sport of jiu-jitsu have confirmed that Emirati girls are capable of achieving achievements.” And topping the international podiums.”

The second day’s competitions were no less enthusiastic and exciting than the first day’s competitions, and the players gave a strong performance and incited the enthusiasm of the crowd. Kamal Abdel Latif was able to defeat Yassin Al Hajj, weighing 41 kg, Kamal Samie also achieved victory over Sultan Al Balushi, weighing 31 kg, Ali Zawya won over Mayed Al Hosani, weighing 34 kg, Khaled Zawya, beating Rayan Al Qudah, weighing 57 kg, and Mansour Al Hassani, beating Hareb Al Marzouqi. Weight 52 kg, Zamzam Al-Hammadi over Al-Yazi Al-Badawi, weight 57 kg, Al-Uqaili Al-Zaabi over Zayed Al-Adwan, weight 61.2 kg, Saeed Al-Nuaimi over Rashid Al Ali, weight 61.2 kg, Hazza Al-Jallaf over Hudhayfah Al-Hosani, weight 77.1 kg, and Yousef Al-Hammadi over Hussein Amiri, weighing 120.2 kg, Ali Al Balushi over Mansour Al Sayed, weighing 70.3 kg, Salem Al Mesmari over Mohammed Al Mazmi, weighing 70.3 kg, Mansour Al Kaabi over Muhammad Ali, weighing 85 kg, Saeed Al Hosani over Alexander Yameen, weighing 70.3, and Hamdan. Muhammad Ali Mubarak Al-Numani, weight 61.2 kg.

Great job coaches

Brazilian coach Marcelo Fanosa and his colleague Talison Soares, who are supervising the training of a group of players participating in the tournament, including Ali Al Balushi and Salem Al Mesmari, confirmed that the international standards established by the tournament are not new to the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, which has rewarded the martial arts community with the most wonderful organization and best competitive atmosphere. Talison said: “Abu Dhabi has the best sports structure, highly advanced equipment, and training crews at the highest level, and it is only a matter of a few years until it takes the lead on the global scene of this sport, similar to what happened with jiu-jitsu.”

Player Zamzam Al Hammadi was able to capture the admiration of the fans during her fight with player Al Yazi Al Badawi, weighing 57 kg, as she succeeded in resolving the match within only 10 seconds by submission. Al Hammadi expressed her great happiness with this achievement, especially since she is the winner of the only fight reserved for women, and extended her deep thanks to the federation that gives the nation’s girls equal opportunities to prove themselves and shine in arenas that have always been the preserve of men.

In turn, Al-Aqili Al-Zaabi, the UAE champion in the bantam category for juniors (16-18 years) weighing 61 kg, said that he is proud of the achievement he has achieved, and that he dedicates it to his family, his coaches, and everyone who supported him to achieve this victory. He added: “It is truly wonderful to start the new year with this valuable title, which constitutes a great incentive to excel and shine in the upcoming tournaments.”