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Jonny Touma set for UAE flyweight title fight: “I don’t see any threats anywhere”

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Swedish flyweight prospect Jonny Touma is set for his most important fight to date.

On Sunday February 26, he will be back at the UAE Warriors in Abu Dhabi, to compete for the promotion’s flyweight title against Jordanian fighter Nawras Abzakh.

In an exclusive interview with Frontkick.online, the 28-year-old comments on the career-biggest fight and his opponent.

“It feels great! I’ve been longing to get back in the cage again. This fight has been in the talks for a long time, I got to know about it in October. Since then, it’s been pushed forward a few times – first to December, then January and now, finally, to February,” Touma says.

“Josefine Knutsson fights the day before me. It’s two UAE events, one for international fighters and one for Arabic fighters. I will represent Lebanon and will fight for the title.”

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“If I fight like I should do I will for sure win the title”

Since the title bout was pushed forward a few times, the 28-year-old flyweight’s been in fighting shape for quite a while, and is more than ready to finally face Abzakh in a five-rounder.

“He looks legit and fought against Swedish UAE bantamweight champion Ali Taleb before,” Touma says. “What I’ve seen, he’s a good grappler, but I’m not very impressed by his standup game. He seems pretty passive, just waiting for counters.”

Do you expect any difficulties whatsoever?

“Honestly, I don’t see any threats anywhere, I’m a better grappler as well, so no real threats at all. If I fight like I should do, I will for sure win the title.”

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Jonny Touma competed at UAE back in July

In July last year, the Swede made his promotional debut at UAE Warriors 30 with quite a statement as he delivered a first-round submission win against Reydemtor Nacionales.

Now, he’s happy to return for another appearance in the organization.

“They are very professional, they actually kind of remind me of IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation), with the weigh-ins and everything that surrounds the fights,” Touma says. “They will fly us down four-five days ahead of the fight, so we get used to the climate and all.”

Even though Touma signed a contract for just one UAE fight, he’s confident that he will be back fighting in the promotion again.

“When I win the title, they probably want me to sign a deal for more fights.”

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