At AFC 12 on March 22, former TUF contestant Zein Saliba will battle Daniel ‘Grasshopper’ Way for the AFC Middleweight Title. We caught up with Zein to discuss his MMA journey and thoughts on the impending title fight:
Fought the very tough Maui Tuigamala at AFC 11 and impressively choked him out in the 2nd round; talk us through your thoughts on that fight?
My thoughts on the Maui Tuigamala fight was very different than usual. Going I was quite nervous and I afraid that I didn’t have the fitness the prep time and a long layoff kept me very uneasy. Once the fight started I clinched and felt comfortable there. I took my time and just exploited the openings he gave me rather than force my own. Maui is a tough competitor and was happy that I played out the fight on my terms. Very excited for the future of Maui; he is still a bit raw but has unlimited potential.