The seemingly unstoppable Mounir ‘Sniper’ Lazzez insists he’s climbing the MMA ranks fuelled by a deep-rooted love for the sport rather than a lust for fame.
The United Arab Emirates star moved to 7-0 with a brutal stoppage of Dmitrijs Homjakovs in September and is seen by many as one of the most dangerous welterweights in the sport.
Lazzez said: “I don’t care too much about fame. I do the sport because I love it. I do it for myself – to make myself a better person and a better fighter.
“It’s an entertaining sport but when I get in there, it’s just me inside the cage. I represent myself, my family and my team. I care about the money but not the fame.
“My goal for the next 12 months is to simply focus step by step. I won’t get rash. I just focus on the next challenge in front of me.
“Of course, my ultimate goal is to bring the UFC to Dubai and make my name shine but for now, I’m focused on the Brave Combat Federation and to get the title.”
Lazzez, who is an MTK Global team-mate of UFC superstar Darren Till, had words of comfort after the Liverpudlian suffered his maiden career defeat.
Lazzez said: “I saw my team-mate Darren Till and Tyron Woodley fight and I’m sure Till will be back stronger than ever.
“I believe Till will destroy a couple of guys and then will fight for the title again in less than one year. Then it will be his for a long time. Trust me – I know this guy and I know the kind of energy he brings.”