ISLAMABAD: Professional player of mixed martial art (MMA) from Pakistan, Bashir Ahmad, has returned to his homeland after a two-year gap.
Termed as the godfather of the sport in the country, he returned with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend Rich Franklin, who is also Vice President of One Championship, an Asian mixed martial art.
The duo will be picking and training local fighters, who will undergo further training to feature in an international competition, at the Shaheen Academy in Lahore. The academy was established by Ahmed in 2015.
Talking about his motivations behind the return to Pakistan, Ahmed said that he was looking for some of the top talent in the country in order to train them to compete internationally.
“We will also visit ONE Warrior Series this year, which will be hosting Pakistani athletes again next year after several of them competed in the competition back in 2019,” Ahmed added.
The godfather of the sport in Pakistan also remarked that the purpose of MMA Pakistan was to promote all martial art and combat sports in the country, with specific attention to MMA.