FitRepublik coach Anas Siraj Mounir's top three MMA tips

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Alex Nacfur and Anas Siraj Mounir practice their skills at FitRepublik.

The mixed martial arts boom has well and truly reached the Middle East, with many gyms now offering extensive training for those interested in taking up one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.

In Dubai, the stylish FitRepublik gym at Sports City has been among those to join the MMA revolution.  Crowned Functional Facility of the Year at the 2015 Fit Awards, FitRepublik boasts a state-of-the-art MMA zone – complete with boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, as well as a remarkable octagon.

A collection of high-profile coaches are on hand to help develop fighters, with Anas Sinaj Mounir surely one of the most recognisable. ‘The Moroccan Sensation’ has a 5-1 record on the Desert Force circuit, with his reputation soaring after a recent victory over Jordan’s Tareq Hamdi in Dubai.

Despite being one of the most in-demand Arab fighters around, Sinaj Mounir still finds time to coach and so Sport360 took the opportunity to pick his brains on what it takes to train for MMA. These are the Casablancan grappler’s top three training tips.

TIP 1 – HALF GUARD ESCAPE

TIP 2 – OPEN GUARD PASS

TIP 3 – GUARD PASS

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Rothwell and Dos Santos to headline UFC debut clash in Croatia

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UFC stars Ben Rothwell and Junior Dos Santos are set to battle in Croatia.

Heavyweight stars Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos will go head-to-head in the UFC’s debut event in Croatia.

The world no.5 and world no.6 fighters are set to face-off on Sunday, April 10 at Arena Zagreb, with tickets going on sale on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 am CET.

Rothwell (36-9; fighting out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA) is jumping straight back into the Octagon following not only an impressive win against MMA legend Josh Barnett, but a win via submission against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, awarding Rothwell the fight of the night bonus.

With all four of his last victories ending in spectacular fashion, Rothwell is repeatedly showing the world why 2016 is his year to make a run at the heavyweight title.

Former UFC heavyweight champion dos Santos (17-4; fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) will be looking to solidify himself back into title contention following a loss against Alistair Overeem at the end of last year.

The Brazilian has notable wins over some of the biggest names in MMA including current heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Croatian legend Mirko Cro Cop and, more recently, title contender Stipe Miocic.

This heavyweight battle will have both contenders looking to put on the performance of a lifetime to prove why they deserve to be the next in line for a title shot.

Rothwell and Dos Santos will be dominated by the heavy hitters as the best of the division descend on Zagreb, with notable debuts from former M1 champion Marcin Tybura and Serbian Bojan Mihajlovic who will take on French newcomer Francis Ngannou.

Current bouts include:

Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Marcin Tybura vs. Timothy Johnson
Jan Blochowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Nicolas Dalby
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di Chirico

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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to headline Las Vegas in April

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Back in action: Jon Jones.

Jon Jones’ return to the Octagon after more than a year away from the Octagon has been confirmed.

A light heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and the former titleholder will headline UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas.

Jones, who is still ranked as the pound-for-pound best in the world, has not fought since he successfully defended the 205lbs title with a unanimous decision against Cormier in January 2015.

‘Bones’ was then stripped of the belt in the lead up to a clash with Anthony Johnson in April last year and was suspended indefinitely
after he was arrested on hit-and-run charges in New Mexico.

However, the 28-year-old, who is arguably the most talented fighter to grace the UFC, was reinstated by the promotion in October after he pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

Jones’ eight consecutive light heavyweight title defences is a record in the division. He will have the opportunity to take back the belt from Cormier who won the championship by submitting Johnson at UFC 187 in May.

He has defended the title once in Jones’ absence, by narrowly defeating Alexander Gustafsson by split decision in October.

In the co-main event, seven-time defending flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will face Henry Cejudo, a US Olympic gold medallist in wrestling.

Johnson is coming off a unanimous decision win over John Dodson at UFC 191, while Cejudo remains undefeated in the UFC.

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