MMA star Uloomi denied Chinese visa, fight with Kang off

Published: August 11, 2017
PHOTO COURTESY: Uloomi Karim/Facebook

PHOTO COURTESY: Uloomi Karim/Facebook

KARACHI: Pakistan’s mixed martial arts (MMA) star Uloomi Karim Shaheen will not be fighting on the August 12 Rebel FC main card in Shanghai, China, the fighter himself has revealed.

The 26-year-old was scheduled to take on local Chinese Kang Kang Niu in what had turned into a grudge match due to the duo’s scuffle at a press conference last month.

To make sure that he triumphed on his debut in the big Chinese market, Uloomi had trained even harder than he usually does and was comfortably on track to make the required weight cut.

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However, his plan to knock out Kang has been thrown in a disarray as the Chinese government has denied him a visa due to a problem with his paperwork.

“I am very disappointed as I was very pumped up and prepared for this fight,” admitted Uloomi in a Facebook video. “I don’t know why I did not get the visa.”

In a later interview with The Express Tribune, he disclosed the reason he was denied an entry into China.

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“They expected me to produce a document from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said the Fight Fortress slugger. “But by the time I came to know of it, it was too late to do anything.”

Being denied a fight at the last moment and after months of training is frustrating for Uloomi, but the setback hasn’t cost him his sense of humour.

“As I see it, they probably did Kang a favour and saved him from the beating I was going to give to him,” the bearded bruiser quipped.

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Uloomi did vow to come back stronger and promised his fans a fight very soon, either in Rebel FC or somewhere else on the continent.

“I’m really sorry to the fans and all the people who’ve been supporting me, but I will fight very soon so stay tuned,” he added.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • MirFareed
    Aug 11, 2017 - 10:43PM

    The Chinese could’ve made an exception here, surely! Recommend

  • superNeo
    Aug 11, 2017 - 10:43PM

    Weekends always bring bad news for Pakistan. yesterday it was an embarrassment from Qatar, for considering Pakistan for visa free entrey today its China.tomorrow some other country.
    Pakistan seriously considers removing WEEKEND from the national calendar.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Aug 12, 2017 - 4:37AM

    Just two weeks ago, Nafees Zakara of Pakistan’s foreign office commented on Indian medical visas for Pakistanis and said:
    “It is highly regrettable that India has placed such restrictions on visas for patients who are suffering from serious and terminal illnesses”
    He also said that “Asking for a letter from the foreign affairs adviser is against diplomatic norms.”

    Would he have the moral courage or self esteem to make a similar comment on the refusal by China to issue visa to this Pakistani Mixed Martial Arts star to participate in the Mixed Martial Arts championship event in Shanghai?Recommend

  • Vivek
    Aug 12, 2017 - 11:00AM

    The real CPECRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 12, 2017 - 4:23PM

    @Raj – USA:
    He knows that that friendship jingle can be turned on a dime and instead become: “hurdles higher than any mountain and deeper than any sea..”Recommend

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