Amir Gerandokov Of Jordan’s Kickboxing Academy To Make His CWFC Debut
The locals love a local and this was only too apparent at CWFC Fight Night 1 on June 16th earlier this year. Although there were some big, international names on the fight card, the crowd went berserk for local Yazan Janeb – they treated him like a rock star. On that night, fighters from the region exclusively made up the under card but for Fight Night 2 three local Pro fighters will go into battle on the main card.
As Ihab Janeb representing Jordan’s The Source MMA will fight Mohammed “Felix” Ali from the Egyptian Military Foundation – both fighters are making their Pro debuts in the Light-Heavyweight division. But the other bout that has captured the imagination of the local fans is that of Amir Gerandokov (2-1-0) and Merv Mulholland (8-4-0). Although Gerandokov is Russian he fights out of the Jordan Kickboxing Academy in Amman, so he’s sure to receive plenty of home support both at the weigh-ins at the Virgin Megastore at City Mall on September 7th and also when he enters the cage the following night.
Mulholland and Gerandokov are making their Cage Warriors debut but that’s where the similarities end. We can expect very different styles of fighting, Mulholland describes his current style as a mix of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and loves nothing more than delivering flying knees and elbows. Gerandokov is more comfortable on the mat, his style as a mix of Combat Sambo, Grappling and Pankration.
Before landing in Amman, Gerandokov trained all over Russia with several fighting teams. He also competed in many national and international competitions and studied various fighting styles before immersing himself in MMA. He trained with fighters from Jordan in Russia, and as interest in MMA started to grow in the kingdom he visited Jordan to train, coach and compete and now he calls Amman home.
On making his Cage Warriors debut this is what he had to say, “Cage Warriors brings good fights and fighters from all around the world together, and it’s a good future for fighters. It’s brought a new perspective to MMA in Jordan, as it was the first massive MMA event which the Jordanian fans really enjoyed”.
We were interested to know if there were any other local fighters to look out for, “The Jordan Kickboxing Academy has really good fighters which are young and well trained such as Timour Narmouq and Thabet Aga (both successful in their bouts at CWFC Fight Night 1). Also my former fight team in Russia has many good fighters such as Oleg Bagov”.
Finally we were keen to know his thoughts on his opponent on September 8th; “Well no doubt he has trained hard and is ready for the fight just as I am. I think it’s going to be a good fight and hope the fans from all over the world will enjoy it”.
Article by Sue Finnegan - September 2011
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