Seef District, Bahrain – Mohammad Fakhreddine and Mohammed Said Maalem didn’t have the chance to settle their differences inside the BRAVE CF arena last week, as Fakhreddine fell ill hours before their scheduled vacant Light Heavyweight world title fight. But that doesn’t mean the heat between the two men has diminished – in fact it has only increased.
A very irritated Said Maalem published a meme of his rival in his social media profiles, which didn’t go well with Fakhreddine and his fans, who in turn made several other memes directed at Said Maalem.
The Algerian powerhouse then sent out a video statement in which he questioned Fakhreddine’s actions during fight night. The Middleweight champion, who was looking to become the first double world champion in Arab and BRAVE CF history, was forced to back out from the bout with hours to go due to medical issues. According to Said Maalem, however, he was looking for a way out.
“You made fun of my boxing and said my wrestling is bad, kept acting up on weigh-ins thinking I would get scared of you, then your coach comes an hour before the fight to tell me you are not fighting. You had all day to let me know that you weren’t feeling well, but you waited until the last minute. If I had a stomach ache and there was an hour left, I would fight unlike you and have respect to my audience and not chicken out’’, commented Said Maalem, who went on to say he hopes BRAVE CF makes the match-up again.
‘’I really hope they reschedule this. I can’t wait to show you how bad my boxing is and how bad my wrestling is so you can be very surprised’’, said Maalem, ironically.
While both men have been going back and forth with ferocity at each other, they recognize this is about them, and not their countries or cultures. Said Maalem guaranteed he had no issue with Lebanese people, except for Mohammad Fakhreddine.
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