Mixed Martial Arts Gaining Popularity as Participatory Sport in Saudi Arabia

(MENAFN) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been one of the world's fastest-growing spectator sports of the 21st century. Now, the Sport is gaining popularity as a participatory one in Saudi Arabia. Hopefuls from across the Kingdom are slowly but surely making their move into regional and international competitions.

For 22-year-old Nawef Chahlal, inspiration to enter the sport came from his father's passion for boxing. Chahlal grew up in France as a big fan of Bruce Lee, considered by many as the godfather of MMA. He competed in France's flagship MMA Supreme League and across Europe.

Chahlal credits his father for supporting him since the beginning of his MMA journey. His father used to come to his fights when he was a kid, assist him, and even coach him at times.

Chahlal had the opportunity to participate in several international competitions, including the Supreme League, as well as fighting in many countries in Europe, such as Hungary, Switzerland, Croatia, and Spain. He also competed in another discipline, K1.

MMA is now starting to get a foothold in Saudi Arabia, and Chahlal is one of the many hopefuls looking to make their mark in the sport. With the growing popularity of MMA in the Kingdom, it will be exciting to see the rise of new talents like Chahlal and how they will contribute to the sport's development in the region.



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