Al Batal Season 2 Champions Crowned & Next Season's Category Announced

Jan 6, 2015
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Walid Akrouh (84KG) And Walid Seghir (70KG) Are New Champions Of Arab MMA Reality Show & Season 3 Weight Category announced at 66KG.

Season 2 of Al Batal ended on an appropriately dramatic note for both the 84KG and 70KG finalists.

Walid Seghir joined Al Batal as the only black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and became a 70KG finalist when he hastily choked out his opponent in less than 30 seconds. His final fight did not end nearly as quickly though. After 3 gruelling rounds against the charismatic Tariq Ismail, the referee mistakenly raised Tariq's arm for the win even though the judges had unanimously scored Walid the winner. The drama that ensued until Walid was officially announced the Lightweight Al Batal champion was indicative of the importance of sport to the fighters, and the support and brotherhood afforded by their coaches.

“The ref made a mistake and Tariq thought he won, but I was sure I won the 1st and 3rd rounds. Tariq was maybe my best friend at the Al Batal camp, and I didn't want to fight him, but that's the game.„ Walid Seghir, Al Batal Lightweight Champion

“Tariq was an excellent striker, but I think he lost because he was in the wrong weight division. He should fight in a more suitable weight category.„ Mehdi Baghdad, Walid & Walid's coach

Both Walid Akrouh and Walid Seghir have high aspirations after their respective wins and they have already been approached by leading MMA promotions to represent Al Batal and Arab fighters around the world.

“It felt like a dream being selected to be part of the show and walking into the Al Batal camp. The opportunity and the win have given me the confidence to pursue my dream to one day fight for the likes of ONE FC or the UFC.„ Walid Akrouh, Al Batal Middleweight Champion

With the airing of Season 2 complete and the new Al Batal Champions crowned, the Al Batal team have begun preparing for the next season and are calling all 66KG Featherweight pro- and semi-pro fighters to submit their applications to the Al Batal website.

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