For some years, fighters from the Caucasus have been on the rise. Born in Chechnya, Shamil Uvaysov is part of this new wave of fighters, who are successfully filling the cages of MMA events. “I grew up there and came to Belgium in 2009 to find a better life”, tell the 27-year-old. Driven by the dream of becoming a professional fighter, Shamil Uvaysov summarizes his different influences to build a formidable style, mixing the wrestling of Eastern Europe with the typical striking of Western Europe. “I started out as a professional kickboxer and Muay Thai fighter, so I’m very dangerous on my feet! But on the side, I literally grew up wrestling: I’ve been training since I was six, and that’s my main strength.”
“I’m not afraid of anyone, I face everyone”.
In addition to his gripping techniques, Shamil Uvaysov also draws his mental strength from his Chechen origin. Coming from a region where courage is king, he makes it a point of honor to accept all offers of combat, regardless of the opponent’s level. “I’m not afraid of anyone, I’ll fight anyone! There have been times it foiled me, but it’s also how I’ve trained myself.” And his next challenge isn’t an easy one. Faced with Nabil Haryouli, a rising star in Moroccan MMA, Shamil Uvaysov will have to outperform himself to take down an athlete still unbeaten in the cage. “It’s a very important moment for me, it’s an opportunity to turn a corner”, he predicts. Confident, the Belgian doesn’t doubt his victory for a single second, secure in his strengths and his preparation. “I train in the best gym in the country, with the best partners in the country!”