Lina Fayyad, “The Fierce Beast”… The story of the first Jordanian woman to excel in MMA sport – Photos

Amman Today

publish date 2021-09-12 09:25:33

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Lina Fayyad, Jordan’s first and only professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, is paving the way for generations of female athletes.

Fayadh, nicknamed “The Fierce Beast,” won her fight at the UAE Warriors Championship in Abu Dhabi in June.

The 31-year-old started her career in 2012 and is now a two-time Arab World Kickboxing Champion.

“Before I became a mixed martial arts fighter, I was already training in kickboxing and taekwondo,” Fayyad said.

Fayyad added that her journey was full of challenges due to stereotypes and the violent reaction from the community.

She said, “Being a fighter is not easy… I have to prove myself and work even harder to show the coaches what I can do as a woman.” She added that it was “a very amazing experience to prove that a woman can train and do everything a man can do.”

Fayyad noted that despite the difficulties she faced in the fighting journey, she enjoyed every part of it.

She said, “I am so happy that I had the opportunity to change the mindset and beliefs of the coaches and my fellow athletes. I became a part of their team as a fighter, and they were so supportive.”

Despite the support from her coaches, Fayyad said that being a fighter is still “reprehensible in society,” adding, “A lot of people are still unable to let go of[gender]stereotypes.”

Fayyad achieved a record 3-0 professional win and one amateur win – her only amateur fight.

She described her recent victory in the UAE as a “turning point” in her life, saying: “My previous battles were local, so fighting the Emirates warriors gave me a great opportunity. Preparing for the fight was tough mentally and physically, but it was worth it when I proved myself to win.”

As the only woman to practice mixed martial arts professionally in Jordan, Fayyad expressed her gratitude to her team and sponsors. She indicated that she would continue to fight in hopes of one day becoming an international champion.

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