For the past few months, UAE Warriors has had its primary focus on showcasing fighters from the African continent, as well as fighters of Arabic descent. With UAE Warriors 28, the spotlight is on international talent from all around the world. This event sees two championships on the line, with those main events being preceded by 11 exciting fights. The co-main event will see the vacant UAE Warriors women’s flyweight title up for grabs, while the crowning of the inaugural UAE Warriors Middleweight champion will happen in the main event.
Main Event: Tarek Suleiman vs. Will Fleury
The main event sees two middleweights clash for the status of being the first champion of that division in UAE Warriors. Tarek Suleiman (12-7) had a dominant pro debut fight in 2012 when he managed to cinch in a Rear-Naked Choke early in the first round. Since then, he has traded wins and losses but he has recently been on a winning streak. Suleiman’s last three fights have all ended with Suleiman getting a decisive finish. Now, the UAE Warriors light heavyweight champion has a chance to be crowned a double champion, and Suleiman seems more determined than ever to get a win.
Will Fleury (9-4) had quite a few years of experience on the amateur circuit before looking to make his pro debut in 2015. Following three canceled bouts, Fleury finally stepped into the cage to take on well-experienced John Redmond, and managed to get a submission victory. Since then, Fleury has gone on to gain experience in different promotions such as BAMMA, EFC Worldwide, Brave CF, and Bellator – and now, he looks to make a name for himself in UAE Warriors.
This will serve as Fleury’s UAE Warriors debut fight and it could be a massive one if he wins. The interesting thing with this fight is that Suleiman and Fleury have actually fought each other before. That fight went the full three rounds and saw Fleury win via unanimous decision. This time, things might be different. Both fighters have gone out and gained experience everywhere else and now, they clash again. This time, the stakes are higher and the world is watching them in what could be their primes.
Rest of the Card
In the co-main event, UAE Warriors mainstay Corrine Laframboise gets a shot at gold when she faces Invicta FC vet Carolina Jimenez. The Montreal-based Laframboise has picked up finishes in her last two fights after losing to current UFC contender Manon Fiorot, while Jimenez is undefeated in professional competition, not including an exhibition match loss against Kay Hansen at Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 2.
Also on the card are MMA veteran Jesse Arnett, former PFL competitor Carlos Silva, former UFC flyweight Jenel Lausa, and highly-touted prospects John Mitchell and Dakota Ditcheva.
MMA Sucka has fight fans covered with UAE Warriors 28 results, with the event starting at 10am ET/7am PT, and will be available to watch on UFC Fight Pass.
UAE Warriors 28 Results
Will Fleury def. Tarek Suleiman via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45), wins inaugural UAE Warriors Middleweight Championship
Corinne Laframboise def. Carolina Jimenez via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:13 of Round 1, wins vacant UAE Warriors Flyweight Championship
Martun Mezhlumyan def. Carlos Silva via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:33 of Round 1
Jesse Arnett def. Gadzhimurad Gasanguseynov via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-27)
William Gomis def. Arip Yakubov via TKO (Ground and Pound) at 4:56 of Round 1
Sarvadzhon Khamidov def. Fabricio Sarraff via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mariusz Mazur def. John Mitchell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:44 of Round 1
Dakota Ditcheva def. Paula Bittencourt via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Javokhir Imamov def. Taron Grigoryan via KO (Punches) at 4:41 of Round 1
Abdula Aliev def. Jenel Lausa via Technical Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Taksim Zabitov def. Nurzaman Eshbaev via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mirafzal Akhtamov def. Bruno Carvalho via KO (Left Hook and Overhand Right) at 0:19 of Round 2