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Ep21. Bashir Ahmad, Martial Arts

30 Jan 2018

Ep 21. Bashir Ahmad, Martial Arts

What It’s About
In this episode, our host Dana Blouin speaks to the incredibly talented Bashir Ahmad. Known
as the father of Pakistani MMA, not only for being the most prolific MMA fighter to fly their
flag at the top level of international competition, but also for his pioneering work to spread
the sport through this country. The MMA champion recently stepped into an executive role
with Asia’s largest regional promotion ONE champions where he spends his days searching
for and developing new fighters to come up through the organization. He does all of this
while still keeping his heart in Pakistani MMA helping to spread the sport among his
countrymen and also keeping the idea of competing in other combat sports in the back of his

Key Takeaways
He came to Lahore, Pakistan in 2007 with the aim of promoting MMA in his native
country. After training local kids jiu jitsu for some time, he went to Thailand for a year to
train in  Muay Thai . On his return to Pakistan in 2009, he set up a small MMA training gym in
his own apartment. The apartment was so filthy that he named it “The Slaughterhouse”. In
2012, Ahmad opened a proper gym named “Synergy MMA Academy” in Lahore which has
grown to become one of the biggest gyms in the country.

Fun Fact
Bashir Ahmad was the first Pakistani to fight MMA on international platform when he made
his debut in ONE Championship by fighting Shannon Wiratchai at ONE Championship:
Kings and Champions on April 5, 2013







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