UAE Warriors 25: Africa Preview
The UAE Warriors finished 2021 on a high and now, in 2022, they are looking to start their year the same way. UAE Warriors 24 showcased a wealth of African talent which was certainly noted and gave many fight fans an opportunity to see talent from the continent. Now, UAE Warriors has actually put together a card which will be dedicated to showcasing MMA talent from the African continent with a large portion of athletes currently unsigned.
The UAE Warriors 25: Africa card will feature 12 fights and will see a total of 15 African nations represented. There will be representatives from Nigeria, Tunisia, Angola, South Africa, Egypt, DRC, Morocco, Comoros, Senegal, Mali, Cape Verde, Gambia, Central African Republic and Cameroon (which will have four fighters). Familiar names on the card will be the likes of the former Cage Warriors champ Samir Faiddine (12-8)cf champion Sindile Manengela (8-6)GLORY kickboxing title contender Yousri Belgaroui (2-0)Bellator Veteran Iony Razafiarison (6-3), and many more. The evening’s two main events aim to end the monumental event in style and leave fight fans ready for the UAE Warriors 26 event the following day.
Main Event: Wisem Hammami vs. Shido Soto
The main event of this event is immediately intriguing as both fighters have something in common – they are both career undefeated. Wisem Hammami (6-0) is based in Italy but he still represents Tunisia in his fights. Hammami’s amateur career began in late 2016, and he went on to go 3-0 during his time on that circuit. Subsequently, he started his professional career in 2018 and has been picking up wins ever since. Shido Soto (5-0) also started his pro career in 2018 with a first-round TKO finish. After that impressive debut, Soto settled into Nigeria’s Warrior Sports Championship. As for Soto, it was always known that he would put in an impressive performance and would definitely be looking to finish, earning him the nickname ‘Machine’. Both Hammami and Soto have consistently proven they can do enough to secure the KO/TKO, submission, or decision victory. Both fighters are yet to suffer a loss and they will certainly be looking to maintain that record. Expect a tough fight where both fighters try to finish, but one thing is certain: one of their records will win.
UAE Warriors 25: Africa Fight Map
Wisem Hammami vs. Shido Soto [Welterweight Fight]
Jaures Dea vs Sindile Manengela [Featherweight Fight]
Samir Faiddine vs Hicham Rachid [Bantamweight Fight]
Eslam Syaha vs Ndidi Alonu [Middleweight Fight]
Yousri Belgaroui against Ahmed Sami [Catchweight Fight – 194lb]
Sofiane Boukichou vs Pelu Adetold [Heavyweight Fight]
Iony Razafiarison vs. Alice Ngom [Bantamweight Fight]
Muhammad Ali versus Jonathan Bosuku [Catchweight Fight – 216lb]
Demezode Agba vs. Christopher Bajo [Welterweight Fight]
Wilson Varela vs. Steve Endom Bikim [Lightweight Fight]
Alphonse Viny Bessala against Demba Seck [Featherweight Fight]
Cidiri Cisse vs Cedric Lushima [Light Heavyweight Fight]
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM GST / 9:00 AM EST on Friday, February 25 and will be available to watch on UFC Fight Pass.