When he signed his contract to work as a cleaner, Amin Ayoub had no idea that in only a few years he would become a fierce contender in the fastest-growing MMA organization in the world where he would fight for a title.
Amin was never fond of schooling. Going to school and sitting through classes for 8 to 10 hours a day felt soul-sucking to him. In fact, he despised school so much that he decided to quit formal education at the age of 16.
His lack of qualifications meant he had to settle for a job as a janitor, which he did not enjoy. All to pursue his dreams. There was one thing that kept him energized, motivated and hopeful - the time he spent at a martial arts gym where he trained until he was soaked in his own sweat every day.
"I never liked going to school. After I stopped my education at 16, I started working as a cleaner at 17. But that wasn't what I wanted to do. I knew what I really enjoyed was my time in the gym training." Amin said.
He started training martial arts at the age of 15. Starting with K1 (a combination of stand up techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Savate, San Shou, Kickboxing, and Western-style boxing), he soon made a venture into MMA.
"My K1 coach showed me a video of an MMA fight. The fight looked so very cool, you could hit with the knees, elbows and more. I was fascinated by it."
Amin fell in love with MMA after his first training session. Now, he has come a long way from his days as a janitor. After becoming a double champion in a regional promotion, he has impressed at BRAVE CF, one of the top global MMA promotions in the world.
After a run of five straight wins, he signed with BRAVE CF in 2019 where he continued to impress with another victory. Now, Amin will have a shot at the world title on November 5th when he faces the current BRAVE CF Lightweight champion, Cleiton Silva. This will be a monumental challenge for him but he is determined to make the most of it.
"I intend to show the world that I am the best. I can do that by winning the belt"