Indian MMA

The rise of the Afghan Lion Abdul Azim Badakhshi: Daniel Isaac details

Abdul Azim Badakhshi has been a mainstay in Asian MMA for a long time now. Hailing from Afghanistan, Badakhshi has already made his mark on the MMA Circuit and holds a professional MMA record of 12-3 to his name with all his 12 wins coming via finishes.

The Afghani superstar started off his MMA career with Super Fight League back in 2013. His first fight was against Narender Grewal of India at SFL 19. Though Grewal came into the fight with an extensive Wushu background, Badakhshi managed to push the Indian to the limit and ended up losing the fight via a decision.

Badakhshi has not looked back since. He went on to build an eight-fight winning streak following his debut loss and secured wins in Afghanistan Fighting Championship and Super Fight League. He got wins against Ismail Haidari, Mohammad Dler, Sajjad Mohammadi, Mukesh Gora, David Moon, Ognjen Salatic, Manas Daimary, and Sasha Sharma during this run with six wins coming via TKO/KO and two coming via submission. Though the streak was broken by Denis Kanakov at ACB 86, the Afghan had already made a statement.

Badakhshi then went on to fight in BRAVE Combat Federation and fought last in Matrix Fight Night where he stopped Marcelo Guarilha in the main event of Matrix Fight Night 7. In BRAVE, Badakhshi started off with a loss against Akhmed Magomedov but bounced backed strongly in his second fight by knocking out Agshin Babaev in the first round.

As Badakhshi looks set to make his return in Matrix Fight Night, All India Mixed Martial Arts Association Founder Daniel Isaac recently sat down with the promotion to recall the first fight of the Afghan superstar.

Isaac detailed how he was impressed by a young Badakhshi who was showing no signs of slowing down despite a lot of pressure from Grewal.

You can see the complete video below.

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