(Note: This post is because I don't want to be put in jail for breaching the Madani 3R gag order)
I really hope Islam will win.
UFC294 will be in Abu Dhabi on Oct 22 with Islam Makhachev and Charles Olivera competing once again for the lightweight title.
Very excited waiting for the fight.
Of course, being a Muslim I have to support Islam.
It does not however mean that I hate or dislike Charles. He's a great fighter and a good person.
But I just want a fellow Muslim to do well.
Islam is an exemplary Muslim. He strictly follows the teachings of the religion and very disciplined.
No partying, no drinking alcohol, no chasing whores etc. He doesn't lie too.
All members of the Khabib Nurmagomedov gang of Dagestan, Russia are like that.
I support other Muslim fighters too.
Shavkat Rakhmonov of Khazakstan is one of them.
He has won all of his 17 professional fights in welterweight division with KO or submission.
He's not as religious as Islam but does adhere to the teachings of the religion and recently performed the umrah (minor pilgrimage to Mecca)
Shavkat's next fight will be against Kelvin Gastelum on Sept 11.
I don't support only Muslim mix martial art (MMA) fighters but also those in other fighting disciplines.
One of my favourites is the pound for pound champion of kickboxing Chingiz Allazov.
I was quite surprised when I first found out that the Belarussian is a good Muslim.
Then there's Rodtang Jitmuangnon of Thailand who is reputedly the best Muay Thai fighter in the world right now.
He converted to Islam a few months ago.
Rodtang is not only a great fighter but also a funny guy.
So, yeah, I prefer to support Muslim fighters.
Most of them are good role models.
I hope Muslim fighters in Malaysia will win too.