2020 may have been a heavily disrupted year for many of us all around the world, but that hasn’t stopped the Saracens MMA team from achieving great things both in and out of Mixed Martial Arts competition.
From victories and conquests in new promotions, territories and even continents, to astonishing recoveries from career-threatening injuries, the trials and tribulations of the Saracens MMA team have extended well beyond those presented by Covid-19 and Coronavirus lockdowns. If any team anywhere in the world has collectively broken down more barriers, created more world first’s, and overcome more adversity, we would be impressed to hear about it!
In Part One of the Saracens MMA 2020 Year in Review, we start off with the successes of the newest emerging Saracens – the future of Egyptian MMA…
Among the proudest achievements of the rookie Saracens was that of Bassel Ahmed, Marwan Gamal, Omar Gomaa and Omar Khaled Fayoumi, who were all honoured with their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belts by Master Abdelhamed Sadik.
Sadik, an Egyptian national based out of Torrance, California, is a highly-regarded BJJ black belt and internationally-renowned coach that has not only represented Novaes BJJ in North Africa, but has led the way in terms of legitimacy and success with his students.
Congratulations Bassel, Marwan, Omar, and Omar Khaled on your success!
But the success on the mats wasn’t all the young guns had to offer…
Bassel Ahmed (4-0) had arguably the most impressive year of all the Saracens up-and-comers, rattling off three successive submission wins to end the year on a fantastic 4-0 mark. After dispatching both Hisham Nabil and Mahmoud Hanfy by first round Rear Naked Choke in August and September respectively, Bassel would round out the year with a third round Von Flue choke submission over Youssef Mohamed in November! The sky is the limit for this Saracens stand out.
Mohamed Tarek Mohey (2-0) had never competed professionally in MMA prior to 2020 – but that didn’t stop him scoring a pair of first round submission stoppages to kickstart what looks to be an exciting career ahead of him. First came a triangle choke win over Mohamed Gamal Awad, then a Rear Naked Choke over Abdelrahman Ahmed. Keep up the great work, Mohamed!
Mohamed Salem (4-0) is one of the more experienced Saracens – and, in truth, is no longer considered a part of the rookie team. A protégé of Ahmed ‘The Prince’ Faress, Mohamed Salem entered 2020 with a perfect 3-0 record – and he duly extended that mark in September, scoring a first round KO victory over Mohamed Alsotaz to maintain his pristine winning streak.
Omar Khaled Faymoui (1-0) made a long-anticipated first foray into professional MMA competition, and his first round TKO of Mostafa Khaled reinforced the faith bestowed in him by coach Ahmed Faress. We look forward to seeing Omar Khaled continue his winning ways in 2021.
Marwan Gamal (2-2) is never one to shy away from a tough challenge – and he took veteran Mohamed Samir into deep waters in a rare losing effort in 2020. ‘The Smooth Blade’, a consistent and talented performer in the Saracens MMA ranks, found himself on the wrong end of a Split Decision, but there was no faulting his spirit and willingness to improve as he turns his attentions to garnering yet more success in the New Year!
Adel Mohamed (1-0) made a successful transition to the pro ranks, overcoming Mohamed Alaa by first round TKO in the bantamweight division, while Ziad Ayman (1-1) recovered from a sole defeat in 2017 by submitting Ahmed Samir by first round Rear Naked Choke. Youssef Amr would also pick up a pro debut win when he dispatched Fathy ElPop by first round TKO.
In the amateur ranks, there were wins for Karim Mohsen, Adham Ehab and Ahmed Yousef, all scoring first round finishes. Gentlemen, keep up the great work!
Tomorrow, we will be back with Part Two of the Saracens MMA 2020: Year in Review! Do not miss it!