Mohamad Osseili came through with a crazy UAE Warriors 31 victory over Yousri Belgaroui where he pushed himself to the point of exhaustion.
Osseili very much showcased why his nickname is ‘The Future’ and admitted that the magnitude of everything did not settle in right away.
“Day of the fight or the week after the fight, you don’t really like process what exactly happened or the feelings of this fight week,” Osseili told The AllStar. “Because a lot of people around you but after the first seven days pass and you’re alone, you start processing everything. You start processing the fight, before the fight. Even start processing the year before the fight while I’m injured. Really grateful and thankful for this great experience.”
“Because I know it took me mentally and fight level really up from here and go like I’m different. My fight IQ is different. My mindset is different, I’m a different person. The suffering I went through in this fight, it was like pleasure for me having this experience. Testing myself with one of the very good guys in the kickboxing.”
Osseili bested someone who fought for the Glory championship three times, competed against Alex Pereira three times, and fought Israel Adesanya a pair of times.
Osseili is now 5-0 as a pro mixed martial artist following his July 3rd victory. He put together a four-fight winning streak in a bit over half a year and has recently returned to competition after rehabbing an injury. The time spent outside of the cage was closing in on thirteen months.
The Lebanese MMA scene can be a difficult one in certain regards as described by Osseili. Some politics in place can sometimes impede the progress of mixed martial artists living there and for the growth of MMA as an overall sport.
The surging middleweight is training at Bangtao MMA in Thailand and living there permanently at present. Osseili gets in elite-level work from martial artists the world over but notably, he was training with now UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka. The two were training together ahead of their respective last fights which saw Osseili win at UAEW 33 and Prochazka capturing the UFC crown.
“The feeling for this thing, it was different. I just came to Thailand to start my training camp to start getting in shape. So in the first few weeks, I was staying healthy. Working on myself and started getting in shape then I saw Jiri in the gym. The second I saw him I know I’m gonna be his partner. I’m one hundred percent sure from day one. I start processing, I start watching him to know what is his style exactly.”
“He is a world champ level, he deserves to be a champion. He help me a lot as well mentally, physically, everything. Even he pushed me for the maximum in my training camp preparing for this fight as well. I was the only partner for him. So I’m happy I pushed him as well. He’s going to be back soon I think in Thailand at the end of the year to prepare for his fight. So I’m excited to talk with him again.”
Jiří “Denisa” Procházka is a 29-year-old male fighter from the Czech Republic with 29 pro wins and 3 losses. Procházka most recently fought Glover Teixeira at UFC 275: Teixeira vs. Procházka on Saturday June 11, 2022.
Jiri Prochazka’s recent form coming into this matchup
Jiri Prochazka has gone 5-0 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Glover Teixeira • Submission R5 4:32 • 2022-06-11
- Win vs Dominick Reyes • KO/TKO R2 4:29 • 2021-05-01
- Win vs Volkan Oezdemir • KO/TKO R2 0:49 • 2020-07-11
- Win vs C.B. Dollaway • KO/TKO R1 1:55 • 2019-12-31
- Win vs Fábio Maldonado • KO/TKO R1 1:49 • 2019-10-12