Mario Saeed, coming back strong.
One year out, two major surgeries and a strong desire to claim back his winning reign, we speak to the European MMA Superstar to see what is next in store for him.
Representing both United Kingdom and Kurdistan, Mario Saeed is one of the most exciting fighters in the world. Holding a BJJ Gracie Barra black belt, Mario started his combat sports career as a boxer and wrestler before moving on to kickboxing and then BJJ. Currently holding a 13-5 record, nine of his wins are by way of a finish.
Mario became a pro fighter in 2011 and has since competed for various European promotions such as Cage Warriors and BAMMA. He went on to become the super welterweight champion at Rage UK MMA last year when he outpointed Jake Blyth.
Having also trained with some of the best fighters in the world including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jorge Masvidal and Alexander Gustafsson, Mario has gone on to sign a multi-fight deal with Brave CF in June last year.
Riding a four-fight winning streak at the time, Mario made his debut against the undefeated Benoit Saint-Denis in a super lightweight bout at Brave CF 38 in August. Despite a promising first round, Mario succumbed to a second-round TKO loss — his first defeat in over three years.
The BJJ black belt, face of European MMA and the only Kurdish black belt star has had to delay his comeback after undergoing two major knee operations this year.
Understandably the star is raring to get back in the cage and has called out Benoit, saying ‘If Benoit wants a rematch, I will go to France and fight him in his backyard.…
I’m ready to fight to take the champion title’