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Kamal Shalorus

Kamal Shalorus
Born (1977-08-27) August 27, 1977 (age 36)
Khalkhal, Iran
Other names The Prince of Persia
Nationality Iranian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 68.0 in (173 cm)
Fighting out of Austin, Texas, United States
Mixed martial arts record
Total 13
Wins 8
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 2
Draws 2
Other information

Kamal Shalorus is an Iranian professional mixed martial artist.

Early life

Born in the city of Khalkhal in Ardabil Province, “There is no electric, no school, no hospital, nothing, and in winter time when the snow comes heavy all the roads are closed so we don’t have access to the big city. If we wanted to go to the big city, we have to travel seven hours, eight hours to reach there and the big city was more of a big village. It was that kind of lifestyle.”

The current age of the Iranian has been reported as anything from 35 to 40, but it’s difficult for MMA websites or organizations to accurately report how old Shalorus is when he can’t actually answer the question himself. “I was born in my own house, not in hospital, so no paper, no nothing and I have two brothers older than me. One of them he passed away, so they give his birth certificate to me. I don't know how old I am, but I think I am around 35 because my brother used to be able to hold me and carry me around, but I am older than him on my birth certificate.”

Not only did the place where Shalorus spent his formative years lack modern facilities and infrastructure, but he also had to endure some harsh and inhospitable weather as his family etched out a living by herding sheep. “I grew up on a big, big mountain in north Iran, very close to Azerbaijan and the Russian border and sometimes you would see snow there for 12 months. There was snow all the time. We were shepherds and we had maybe 2,000 sheep. We built our own house with my family and my uncle and a couple of relatives, we lived together and herded sheep.”

Kamal is a decorated wrestler, representing Great Britain in an Olympic Qualification tournament where he placed 8th.[1]

He has also been very competitive in grappling tournaments. He has a notable win over Joachim Hansen in the European Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Qualifiers.[2]

Shalorus might have remained in this rural existence for his entire life had it not been for his aptitude for wrestling. He discovered during his school days that he excelled at this sport and it ultimately provided him with a ticket out of Iran. “I was a good wrestler. When I competed with junior national team, I came first and the Turkey national team they brought me as a sparring partner. After that I went to Greece and I met the UK team there and they invited me to come to England to train with them, this happened in 1997 when I was 21 or 22.”[3]

Mixed martial arts career

Although he would never compete there, it was in England that Shalorus first started to transition into mixed martial arts as local fighters sought him out for his wrestling knowledge and in return started to school him in the other aspects of the game. “Lee Murray was my good friend in England, he helped me a lot and Alex Reid. I used to teach them wrestling and they said ‘Kamal you can be good in fighting.' I moved to Texas because my girlfriend is from Texas and we moved there. My first fight I fought welterweight for the King of Combat title against a guy who had around 12 wins and was an All-American wrestler and I knocked him down after 75 seconds.”

Kamal trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with WEC veteran and Relson Gracie Black Belt Phil Cardella.[4] He has also had in-person training with Relson Gracie in Hawaii, in addition to 5x BJJ World Champ Daniel Moraes.[5] Kamal also trains in catch wrestling and mma with Neil Melanson and Randy Couture at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.[6]

Kamal is a partner in (and official grappling instructor for) the American Combat Association and he certifies MMA schools in his fighting system SICS and conducts seminars focused on catch wrestling through the ACA.[7][8]

Kamal captured the welterweight title in the Austin Texas MMA promotion King of Kombat in April 2008, still undefeated.[9] He then won the welterweight title in the Supreme Warrior Challenge,[10] preparing his way into the WEC.

World Extreme Cagefighting

He was scheduled to make his WEC debut against Alex Karalexis on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44, but a broken hand forced Karalexis off the card.[11] Karalexis was replaced by WEC newcomer Will Kerr.[12] Shalorus defeated Kerr via TKO in the very first round.[13]

Shalorus defeated previously unbeaten Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46. Shalorus showed impressive striking, takedown offense and defense. It was also noted, by Frank Mir, that Shalorus would be a force to be reckoned with in the future.[14]

Shalorus was expected to face former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48,[15] but Shalorus was forced off of the card with an injury.[16] Varner/Shalorus took place on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[17] The fight ended in a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28), with Shalorus being deducted one point for multiple groin shots.

Kamal Shalorus was expected to face Bart Palaszewski on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52,[18] but the bout was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus reinjured his hand that was broken during the bout with Varner.[19] Shalorus won the fight via split decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[20] Shalorus was the third Iranian fighter to ever compete for the UFC; the first being Reza Nasri, second Amir sadollah, Kamal the third and Reza "mad dog" Maddadi being the fourth.

In his UFC debut, Shalorus faced Jim Miller on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[21] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round, the first loss of his professional career.

Shalorus next faced promotional newcomer Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.[22] He lost the fight via submission in the third round.

Shalorus faced Rafael dos Anjos on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[23] After being dropped with a head kick, Shalorus was submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[24]


Nearly a year after being released from the UFC, Shalorus signed with the Asia's biggest MMA promotion, ONE FC promotion. He made his promotional debut against Eduard Folayang at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 31st and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 8-3-2 |Philippines Eduard Folayang | | Decision (unanimous) |ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power | 02013-05-31May 31, 2013 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 | Pasay City, Philippines | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 7–3–2 | Brazil Rafael dos Anjos | Submission (rear naked choke) | UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier | 02012-05-15May 15, 2012 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:40 |Fairfax, Virginia, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 7–2–2 | Russia Khabib Nurmagomedov | Submission (rear-naked choke) | UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller | 02012-01-20January 20, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:08 |Nashville, Tennessee, United States | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 7–1–2 | United States Jim Miller | TKO (knee and punches) | UFC 128 | 02011-03-19March 19, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:15 |Newark, New Jersey, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 7–0–2 | Poland Bart Palaszewski | Decision (split) | WEC 53 | 02010-12-16December 16, 2010 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Glendale, Arizona, United States | |- | Draw |align=center| 6–0–2 | United States Jamie Varner | Draw (split) | WEC 49 | 02010-06-20June 20, 2010 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Shalorus was deducted one point in the 2nd round for groin strikes. |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–0–1 | United States Dave Jansen | Decision (unanimous) | WEC 46 | 02010-01-10January 10, 2010 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Sacramento, California, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–0–1 | United States Will Kerr | TKO (punches) | WEC 44 | 02009-11-18November 18, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:26 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 4–0–1 | United States Justin Miller | TKO (punches) | Supreme Warrior Championship 7: Discountenance | 02009-06-20June 20, 2009 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 0:32 |Frisco, Texas, United States | |- | Draw |align=center| 3–0–1 | United States Mike Bronzoulis | Draw (majority) | King of Kombat 6: Fists of Fury | 02009-04-25April 25, 2009 |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 |Austin, Texas, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–0 | United States Jonathan Evans | TKO (punches) | Extreme Challenge: War at the Shore | 02009-01-23January 23, 2009 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:35 |Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–0 | United States Edwyn Jones | Submission (rear-naked choke) | Supreme Warrior Championship 2: Battlegrounds | 02008-11-28November 28, 2008 |align=center| 2 |align=center| 2:52 |Frisco, Texas, United States | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–0 | United States Jeff Davis | TKO (punches) | King of Kombat 3 | 02008-04-05April 5, 2008 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:06 |Austin, Texas, United States | |}


External links

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