Ahmed Mujtaba has sought the toughest tests on offer throughout his tenure in ONE Championship. And next month, that quest will continue against another top-tier lightweight.
“Wolverine” faces off with unbeaten talent Halil Amir at ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Saturday, November 5, inside Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, and he’ll be looking to get back into the winner’s column.
Before slipping to Sage Northcutt this past May at ONE Fight Night 10, the Pakistani punisher was in the best form of his career.
He knocked out Rahul Raju at ONE: Unbreakable in February 2022 and followed that up with a submission win against BJJ black belt Abraao Amorim at ONE 163 later that year.
Mujtaba was well on his way to becoming part of the world title conversation in the stacked lightweight MMA division until he fell to a first-round submission loss to Northcutt.
But the 30-year-old star has learned from that defeat, and he knows that if he keeps seeking out giants, it’ll eventually get him where he wants to go.
“Every fight is a big fight. I’ve never backed down from any opportunity given by ONE Championship. I’ve always fought tough guys,” Mujtaba asserted.
“This is a big opportunity for me as well. My eyes are on the ONE Championship belt, and sooner or later, I’ll be getting it.”
His adversary, Amir, has racked up back-to-back wins in ONE. The Turkish scrapper kicked off his promotional tenure with a second-round knockout of Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE on Prime Video 2 last September before dispatching Maurice Abevi by unanimous decision earlier this year.
The wins have pushed his unbeaten record to 9-0 and helped him amass plenty of hype. But Mujtaba remains unfazed by the magnitude of his upcoming challenge.
Being underestimated is a situation that suits him to a tee, after all, and he plans to make the most of it and shock the world by handing Amir the first loss of his professional career at ONE Fight Night 16.
“I don’t care if he’s 9-0 or 90-0. For me, it’s a fight. There are no nerves. There’s no pressure regarding the record. I fought before against Sage. I lost. A win is a win. A loss is a loss,” Mujtaba said.
“I feel good being the underdog. It’s nothing bad. I don’t care for these things. Maybe some fighters feel a bit of pressure, but for me it’s normal.
“As I’ve said before, I just want to go and show my skills, show my expertise, and show that I am a good martial artist. That’s my main goal.”