European champ Amir Malekpour returns at FCR 12 for showdown with Safi Husseini
So far in three straight bouts at FCR the former European amateur champion Amir Malekpour (2-2) has done nothing but entertain. That is expected to continue as he is now set to face local favourite and record-setter Safi Husseini (1-0)! The bantamweight battle goes down at FCR 12 on May seventh in Västerås, per FCR officials.
Malekpour began a stellar amateur MMA career with wins over respected opposition such as FCR alumns Hoger Salih and Hamid Sadid. He went on to represent the Swedish national team in amateur MMA, winning the 2018 European Championships.
Making the move to pro in April of 2019 Malekpour defeated veteran Martin Fouda via decision. He then had his first pro bout in FCR against Delshad Morad - a southern prospect out of Malmö's Redline Training Center. It was an exciting, back-and-forth fight for as long as it lasted, though Morad ended up winning via first round submission.
Following that Malekpour bounced back to the win column after another fun and high-paced bout with the underrated Ilaz Zabelaj. Malekpour picked up a second round victory via rear naked choke following a dangerous first round.
In his latest outing Malekpour faced Alexander Lööf - a knockout artist from Västerås. The bout was drawn out, bloody and close. In the final striking exchange of the final round Lööf connected, dropping and finishing Malekpour in the last seconds of the bout.
Welcoming Malekpour back to FCR we now find Husseini - friend and training partner to Lööf and others at Västerås Fight Club (VFC). He has a solid grappling foundations and has been jokingly called the only wrestler at VFC.
As an amateur Husseini went 1-1 in FCR with a win over Nashwan Aziz followed by a loss via decision to Rohulla Yousofi. Following a dominating win over Hasan Atayi Husseini made the decision to go pro. He faced the tough and seasoned Jakob Valegren at FCR 11 in a record-setting performance. Husseini needed just eleven seconds to drop and finish Valegren, setting the record for fastest finish in FCR history.
Malekpour brings world class entertainment and skill every time he steps into the cage. Husseini has grit and heart for days and has begun dispatching opponents in quick, violent fashion. While the potential winner of this bout could be debated one thing is not up for discussion: That this is a clear-cut "Fight of the Night"-candidate.