Fleeing your country for your life
Since fleeing his home country, Afghanistan, Shekibullah Waris has been trying to rebuild his life in France, where he began his fighting career. Undefeated on the amateur circuit, he now launches into the professional leagues in the cage of HEXAGONE MMA. His first test will be on August 4, at Beziers Arena.
It has been almost five years since he saw his family. An Afghan immigrant, Shekibullah Waris, fled his country, and came to France in 2020, after a very long journey through Europe.
“It lasted a year and a half. I traveled by car, train, sometimes on foot… It was very difficult to cross hidden borders and without papers. Having passed through Iran, Turkey and Greece, he finally stopped in France, which was more conducive to a new start.
“I needed a place to find work. When I arrived in France, I saw that it was quiet, that the people were nice, so I wanted to stay here. » A temporary asylum, before, possibly, returning to his homeland.
“At the moment, it’s too complicated to go back. I left home because I had a problem with the Taliban, who are in government. If the situation changes, I may have the chance. »
“Going pro to progress”
In the meantime, Shekibullah Waris is trying to make a name for himself in the cage. Successful on the French amateur circuit (6-0), the 25-year-old fighter is now tackling the professional world, and hopes to make his debut on August 4 at the Béziers Arena.
“Since I don’t have French nationality, I don’t have access to certain competitions. So going pro is an opportunity to continue my progress. »
Because Shekibullah Waris is relatively young in the MMA world, coming to mixed martial arts just two years ago, he has built a complete style, despite his particular appetite for striking.
“I did a few years of kung fu, and it helped me a lot,” he says. “But I still have a lot to learn! I am far from my goal. »