Imran Hassan 1-1-0 is a Somali amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing ESKF. He has solely competed for Fightstar Championship since joining the amateur circuit back in 2021.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time out to speak to me again Imran, and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the explosive Fightstar Championship 22 card.
I hope training has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the capital?
“Yeah, training is going well, feeling good.”
Last we saw you in action was back in March at FSC 21, taking on Max Kashket. despite a valiant effort through to the 3rd, the night wasn’t yours. Now the proverbial dust has settled and you’ve had time to reflect on your bout with max, what did you take from that night in Brentford?
“I learned a lot from the fight and gained more experience which is always good. it wasn’t my day but I’ve fixed my mistakes and am ready to perform on the night.”
Since joining the amateur circuit back in the tail end of 2021, you have tasted victory and defeat in the Fightstar cage. It’s still early days, but as your journey unfolds you have endured the highs and lows the sport has to offer. Is there any advice you would give to aspiring martial artists in regards to the mentality side of the game, looking to enter the exhilarating world of MMA?
“Haha, I’m still in the early stages myself but what I see from the more experienced guys is to be prepared to work hard all the time. it doesn’t look like it gets any easier.”
Your next walk to the cage is fast approaching, 1 week from today you are set to take on New Wave Academy’s Kane Roy. What do you make of Kane in the build-up to your scheduled meeting on July 15th?
“He hasn’t had much cage time, can’t really make any judgment on him but I’m ready for anything.”
What can fans expect from you as you set to make it a hat-trick of appearances for FSC at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on July 15th?
“to put on a good show, and get that win by any means necessary.”
This being your 3rd appearance for the London-based organisation, it seems you settled into the Fightstar Championship family. Is it your intention to make this the permanent home of your prolific arsenal as you progress on your amateur journey?
“Yeah, it’s a great show, very organised and a good time apart from each of their shows so I can have a good space of time to train in-between shows.”
Raj Singh and his team have made sure their 22nd show to date is full from top to bottom of pure unadulterated organised violence. Many Phenomenal athletes and bouts are set to shake the very foundations of the Crystal Palace National Sports upon their return. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“Most exciting fight on the card for me is the flyweight title between Vadimas Gaizutis and Sabir Hussain, a very good match-up.”
It was great catching up with you again Imran, and I look forward to witnessing you out there once again.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“Shout-out to all the fans that come to see me and the boys, my training partners, and coaches that have been helping me tremendously for this fight.”
Tickets are still up for grabs for what’s set to be a night of pure unadulterated organised violence at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for FSC 22. Make sure to grab them while you can, this is definitely one you’ll not want to miss.
Tickets for Fightstar Championship 22 are available here 🎟