IRSHAAD SAYED stepped on his journey to a MMA champion when he decided to practice boxing at the age of 15 and moved to Thailand for professional training 2 years later. This Muay Thai expert from South Africa had gained some fame in Chinese fighting circle before he joined RUFF tournament: Early in the Top of the Forbidden City - World Combat Championships (TFC-1), he met his latter opponent in RUFF, Juma Bieke. Although he lost, the fierce battle of three rounds was really impressive.
A new starting point came to his career when he signed with RUFF. Ever since he defeated Jumayi Ayideng with extraordinary performance in RUFF 2, he had kept winning steak and earned a shot in the Super Fight on Feb.2, 2013 with 4-1-0 record, and then came to the matchup against famous “windmill” Yuan Chunbo. When talking about this opponent who always plays strange games and never follows common ways, he said, “To be honest, I don’t like his fighting style. But in any case, it was an exciting competition.” On that day, although Yuan Chunbo deliberately tried to avoid his fierce strikes on feet, SAYED still managed to get a chance and won the fight via TKO in the second round. He was quite satisfied with the pace of the whole process. “Everything was going on effectively as planned except I was caught by him on back in the second round. That’s where I think I could do better if I have to talk about any regrets.”
This new leader of 61kg weight class was one of the first Chinese MMA championship belt winners and also one of the 1st Super Fight prize money owners. Faced with this honor, SAYED showed his gentleman humility. “I had never thought I would win the final. I just began to focus on fighting for a championship when I was announced to be qualified for the Super Fight.” When talking about the story of getting g rich overnight and then low self-esteem that is commonly seen in movies, he said with a smile, “this is just the beginning. I will do our best to defend my belt. I train even harder than before. As for the prize money, most has been used to help my family while the rest for China's charity cause. One should remember to give back to the society when he has made some achievements, I think.”
In addition to MMA, SAYED said he is an ordinary person. He loves outdoor sports, trail running, race walking, swimming, and all other exercises to keep fit like a white-collar normally does. “You cannot judge my occupation when I walk in the street.”
When we talked about his feeling of the success this time, SAYED said, “I just treated it as a normal victory and celebrated with my family and friends.” He stayed quite calm. “I certainly should thank my family, coach and all those who accompany me in training to improve my MMA skills. I should also thank RUFF for giving me such opportunity.”
For future development, SAYED said he would continue to fight and cannot wait to return to the cage. As can be seen from every perspective, he is not satisfied with the present achievements. He desires for more fights and victories. He also knows the belt he owns is the highest honor coveted by all national MMA masters. We believe he would spare no effort to defend it, and try to keep it to the last moment of his career.