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Breaking: Top prospect Samuel Bark to face former UFC fighter for UAE Warriors world title

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Here’s some breaking news for you. Frontkick.online has confirmed with sources that top European MMA featherweight standout Samuel Bark is set to return to the UAE Warriors cage, where he’ll be challenging former UFC fighter Ali Alqaisi who puts his world title on the line at UAE Warriors 50 in Abu Dhabi on May 18.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the booking told Frontkick on Friday that the championship bout is a done deal and soon to be announced.

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Former Muay Thai champion Samuel “Sammon Decker” Bark to fight for UAE Warriors gold against UFC vet Ali Alqaisi, sources told Frontkick.online. Photo by OKTAGON MMA

UAE Warriors 50 will be streaming live on UFC Fight Pass.

Former UFC fighter Ali Alqaisi takes on hungry challenger in Samuel Bark at UAE Warriors 50

Ali Alqaisi, fighting out of Jordan, currently holds both the UAE Warriors Arabia belt as well as the promotion’s world title at 145 lbs. He holds a pro record of 15-7 and has gone 6-2 in UAE Warriors, most recently losing a 150 lbs catweight bout against Walter Cogliandro by first-round stoppage – a loss that snapped a three-fight winning streak for the champion.

 

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Before joining UAE Warriors, Alqaisi went 0-2 in the UFC with decision losses to Irwin Rivera and Tony Kelley.

As for Samuel Bark, the rising Swede turned pro in late 2021 and has since racked up a professional MMA record of 9-2 with five knockouts. Before making the move to mixed martial arts, “Sammon Decker” was fighting professionally in Muay Thai and kickboxing, winning a WBC International title and establishing himself as a formidable foreign fighter in Thailand.

Bark has continuously said that his goal is to get into the UFC as fast as possible, putting his money where his mouth is by fighting often and stepping in on short notice several times against tough competition on some of the biggest regional MMA shows out there.

The Swede has fought for UAE Warriors once before, defeating Alexandru Chitoran by decision. He has also gone 3-0 in Cage Warriorss and most recently fought a couple of times for OKTAGON, where he’s currently ranked No. 1 among the featherweight contenders fresh of a win against Vladimir Lengal.

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