World-renowned fighters Badr Hari, Peter Graham, Arnold Oborotov, Stefan Leko, Peter Aerts & Dewey Cooper along with a highly skilled and talented undercard went head to head on May 29th, with the eventual winner Badr Hari walking away with a cash prize of 1 million Dirhams.
Badr Hari was well received by fans in the United Arab Emirates. Spectators were treated to a high-energy atmosphere full of entertainment and great knock outs. The bouts took place in front of a sold out arena. Also present at the event was football legend Diego Maradona among other notable figures.
The GFC held in Dubai is the first ISKA sanctioned body in the UAE & is the first of a series of fights due to take place across various countries internationally. The 4 champions will go on to battle it out at the GFC Grand Prix where the winner of the unique 4 way elimination fights will walk away with USD $1 million.
The president of the ISKA Paul Hennessy & the president of the WBC Muay Thai Europe Hadj Bettahar were present at the GFC over looking the event. They spoke to fighting lifestyle UAE about how they foresee the sport of kick boxing maturing in the UAE & how they feel that events like the GFC would contribute to the development of the sport here in the Emirates and in the region.
Paul Hennessy & Hadj Bettahar:
The Secretary General for the Dubai Sports Council, Dr.Ahmed AlSharif added, “We were honored to be a part of this event in Dubai, and are excited about the possibility of bringing more world-class MMA events from across the globe here to the UAE.”
Kamran Morowaty (Iran) vs Darko Jeremic (Serbia) : Kamran Morowaty (Iran) UD
Abbas Mollamahdi (Iran) vs Erkan Varol (Turkey): Erkan Varol (Turkey) UD
Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) vs Jaideep Singh (Indian): Fatih Ulusoy (Turkey) TKO
Srdan Seles (Serbia) vs Brian Douwes (Holland): Brian Douwes (Holland) UD
Vaughn Donayre (Philipines) vs Gokhan Turkyilmaz (Australia): Gokhan Turkyilmaz (Aus) UD
Hossein Mollamahdi (Iran) vs Stefan Leko (Germany): Stefan Leko (Germany) KO
Peter Aerts (Holland) vs Dewey Cooper (USA): Draw
Peter Graham (Australia) vs Arnold Oborotov (Lithuania): Peter Graham (Australia) UD
Badr Hari (Morroco) vs Stefan Leko (Germany): Badr Hari (Morroco) TKO
GFC Champion and winner of prize money
Badr Hari (Morroco) vs Peter Graham (Australia): Badr Hari (Morroco) TKO
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