IMMAF president and ‘Shorty’ Torres praise Sheikh Khalid’s new Olympic role

The international MMA community continues to show its support for His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa on the occasion of his appointment as the president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. After fighters and influencers from the sport sent their congratulations, it was time for IMMAF president Kerrith Brown and Brave 23 top Flyweight Jose “Shorty” Torres to praise Sheikh Khalid’s appointment and talk about his vision and leadership for the sport.

Torres has been one of the biggest enthusiasts of His Highness’ work in mixed martial arts. Sheikh Khalid has built the KHK MMA team and has also founded Brave Combat Federation, the fastest-growing promotion on the planet. “Shorty” represented KHK MMA early in his professional career, capturing titles in other promotions before officially joining Brave at the end of last year. The American star is set for his promotional debut next Friday, on Brave 23: Pride and Honor, but left a message talking of his excitement for Sheikh Khalid’s new position.

“I’m at the airport heading to Amman, Jordan, for Brave 23 but I wanted to give a huge shoutout to Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for now being elected the president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. That’s amazing. I’ve seen what you’ve been able to do with Brave, KHK MMA, KHK Heroes, and so many other things… You’re more than deserving for this job. You’re trying to showcase the sport of MMA and highlighting all sports in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and show that the Kingdom is a force to be reckoned with in the athletic field. See you soon!”.

Before rising in the professional ranks, Torres was first spotted at the IMMAF world amateur championships, where he won two gold medals. For the last three years, Sheikh Khalid has committed to the development of the sport also at amateur level by helping to bring the world championships to Bahrain and increasing its popularity. Mr. Kerrith Brown, president of the International MMA Federation, who has a close relationship with His Highness, was also quick to congratulate him on his momentous appointment.

“Congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa as the new president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee. This is fantastic news for MMA: His Highness has been a passionate patron and supporter of the sport, both at national and community level and also at an international level, being the driving force behind Bahrain’s hosting of the IMMAF -WMMA World Championships for three years. He has been closely involved with the Bahraini national amateur MMA team, which has travelled to participate in international competitions with a high success rate. I couldn’t be happier for the Prince, who is also himself a committed sports participant. And I am proud on behalf of MMA, to see such an advocate attain this position in a country well reputed as a world-class platform for international sports”, commented Brown.

Holloway Releases Statement After UFC 236 Loss

It’s no surprise that “Blessed” remains classy in defeat with his heartfelt message to Dustin and Jolie Poirier.

After an event like UFC 236, the classier followers of combat sports like to say stuff like “There are no losers here.” And while that’s a beautiful sentiment, it’s not true at all, of course. While Max Holloway fought like a warrior poet against Dustin Poirier in their interim lightweight title fight, his career has already begun to take big hits after judges rendered their bout a 49-46 loss for the Hawaiian (watch the highlights here).

All those money fights at 155 pounds that Dana White was talking about just months ago? Gone. Double champ dreams? Done. The UFC now wants the ‘too small’ Holloway back at 145 pounds where he’ll defend his belt against … I guess Frankie Edgar, since he’s the only beast in the division left that “Blessed” hasn’t slain yet.

Holloway didn’t seem too beat up about the results after the fight, even taking the time to joke with reporters in press alley on the way back to his locker room.

That’d be the only comment we’d get out of him, as the UFC sent him directly to the hospital with no further interviews. Now he’s resurfaced on Twitter with a short and classy statement:

”Life is chutes and ladders,” Holloway wrote. “Sometimes we gotta take that slide down to get to the next big ladder. It is what it is. We keep playing. We keep fighting. Congrats to Dustin and Jolie. They should’ve already had a belt. Diamonds are forever.”

That’s a lovely sentiment that builds off Dustin dedicating his win to wife Jolie Poirier. After months of bad blood and outside-the-cage punch ups, UFC 236 really reminded everyone how nice it is when people act like professional mixed martial artists.

And while Max Holloway may be down at the moment, he’s not out. I for one welcome the return of our featherweight overlord and the continued domination that will ensue.

ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR video highlights

The Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines was coursing with excitement as the biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship came out to showcase their incredible skills inside the ONE Circle.

ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR put together an unforgettable evening of world-class martial arts action last Friday, 12 April. For the complete official results and recap you can go HERE.

In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyenof Vietnam and Australia retained his title with a scintillating flying-knee knockout of former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia.

In the co-main event, local martial arts hero Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Team Lakay recaptured the ONE Strawweight World Title with a sensational high kick knockout of former titleholder Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta of Japan.