Sayif Saud didn’t anticipate Fortis MMA to change into this profitable so early on.
Saud, who was once an MMA fighter and skilled at JacksonWink MMA, turned a coach on account of accidents limiting his professional profession. After teaching round at numerous gyms, Saud, alongside former NBA participant Deron Williams opened up Fortis MMA in 2017.
Since opening up the doorways Fortis MMA has change into a mainstay at any UFC occasion with notable fighters like Uriah Corridor, Geoff Neal, Diego Ferreira, and Macy Chiasson amongst others. However, what has been spectacular is the actual fact they’ve 5 UFC fighters ranked within the top-15 after not having any fighters on the roster just some years in the past.
“That is huge for us. Ryan Spann 14, Uriah Corridor 10, Geoff Neal 11, Diego Ferreira 10, Macy Chiasson 12. We’ve got 5 ranked fighters now. That may be a huge deal for us to have 5 ranked fighters in 5 completely different divisions,” Saud mentioned to BJPENN.com. “Light-weight, welterweight, middleweight, 205, and ladies’s 135. These are a few of the deepest divisions as nicely. To go from opening the health club in 2017 to having 5 fighters ranked in 2020 is unimaginable.”
Though that could be a unbelievable feat, Saud is aware of the work is much from accomplished. He needs extra ranked fighters and champions very quickly within the health club.
One title that many imagine is a future title challenger is Geoff Neal at welterweight. He’s undefeated within the UFC and somebody the likes of Kamaru Usman and Joe Rogan are speaking about.
But, the issue is, it has been arduous getting Neal fights till not too long ago when Vicente Luque known as him out, which Saud likes.
“Geoff will combat anyone. We’ve got a variety of respect for Vicente as a result of he’s a troublesome man. They’ve fought a few of the identical guys in Niko Value and Mike Perry the place it was shut fights for Vicente and Geoff dealt with them fairly nicely,” he defined. “Geoff isn’t afraid of anyone however I need to see Geoff get in direction of the belt. Joe Rogan is even saying Geoff Neal is the darkish horse of the division.”
Another person who’s climbing the ranks is light-weight Diego Ferreira. The Brazilian is coming off an enormous submission win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 246. Though he and Saud have been hoping to construct off that win, it has been difficult on account of Ferreira’s personal private health club being shut down by regulation enforcement.
Despite the fact that his health club is shut down, Saud says Ferreira might be again quickly and so they hope to rebook the Drew Dober matchup, particularly after his TKO win over Alexander Hernandez.
“Diego is doing a variety of issues on his personal and getting his weight down. He was purported to combat Drew Dober,” he mentioned. “Diego is a man who will take an opportunity and combat unranked guys and we respect Drew who’s a troublesome man. I believe Diego vs. Dober is smart.”
Fortis MMA will little doubt change into a mainstay health club in fan’s eyes, and Saud couldn’t be prouder. He is aware of there might be extra ranked fighters quickly, and one title he can’t wait to see again is Abdul Razak Alhassan.
“Abdul-Razak is pound-for-pound one of many hardest hitting athletes in MMA. He has 10 first-round knockouts. His energy is frightening. Take a look at what he did to Niko Value,” Saud mentioned. “He hits so arduous. What a tragedy he misplaced two years of his profession however we’re comfortable he can resume his profession and his life once more as a human being. We stay up for getting him again within the combine.”
In the long run, Saud is aware of that is only the start. He expects solely extra of his fighters to be signed by the UFC and ultimately have a number of champions.
This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on 5/18/2020.