Since his last win in October of 2012, former MFC welterweight Sabah “Persian Warrior” Fadai has gone through a rollercoaster of a year.
After leaving the MFC, Fadai had attempted to join The Ultimate Fighter, but unfortunately that was not to be. Feeling he needed to get back to fighting, Fadai took a fight against Justin Larsson at CWC 7 in September with disappointing results.
“I had been training for The Ultimate Fighter show in January and I figured I needed some experience because I hadn’t fought in a year and I didn’t want ring rust or anything like that, so I thought I’d take the fight,” said Fadai.
“I tried to fight on short notice and I did well in the first two rounds, but in the third I gassed out and I got pounded out. It was a bad decision, but it’s okay, I’m past it.”
Following what could have been his lowest point over the past year, Fadai was surprisingly given a major opportunity when the Canadian promotion he had signed with, Aggression FC, was purchased by the World Series of Fighting.
“It’s huge,” said Fadai of being part of the WSOF. “They’ve got a lot of great guys that they’ve signed recently like Yushin Okami and (Rousimar) Palhares on the roster. They’re trying to make a big name for the promotion and I’m proud to be part of it.”
The first fight for Fadai (7-2) will be against undefeated top prospect Nick Newell (10-0) on the WSOF 7 show on Dec. 7 in Vancouver.
“Obviously he’s a very tough guy, he’s 10-0 for a reason, and he’s got heart,” said Fadai of Newell. “You’ve just got to tough it out against a guy like that and out-technique him and try to beat him at every single aspect of the game.
“That’s basically the game plan really: be better than him everywhere it goes.”
Fadai notes that many people are looking at him as something of a stepping stone for Newell, which is fine with him because all it does is make him want to win the fight more.
“I don’t feel like an underdog, myself, but apparently I am the underdog in this fight,” Fadai told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s fine with me.
“I really don’t care to be the underdog or the favorite. Being the underdog actually boosts me a little bit. Honestly all the motivation I really need is beating this guy’s ass.”
Fadai also stated that while others may see Newell as his biggest fight to date, to him it’s just another fight, and a victory will give him a proper stepping stone to 2014 getting started on a good note.
“A lot of people ask me if this is my biggest fight to date. Yes, it’s my next fight, so of course it’s my biggest fight,” he said. “I’m not going to backtrack and try to fight bums.
“Nick Newell is a big name, yeah, and beating him is going to bring a lot of attention my way and will help make for a great start to 2014.”