Mohamed Benachour describes his fight style as a mix between Blood Sport's Jean Claude Van Dam and Rocky. Fighting out of Gracie Barra Texas, Benachour is well versed in both ground game and stand up. Sitting at 2 wins and 1 loss, Benachour is looking to make a name for himself as the Valor Fight League Welterweight Champion. He'll face off against College Station's Kenndall Lewis in the same cage where Benachour suffered his only loss.
Since that loss against middleweight collegiate wrestler, Jason Allen, Benachour has transitioned to the welterweight class and seen nothing but success. He's also honed his ground game and is prepared to walk out of the cage a winner. In fact, he finished his last fight in an astounding 29 seconds with a K.O. Read below to learn more about Benachour's comeback mindset and how he thinks this fight will play out.
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How did you get started and what made you decide to be an MMA fighter?
I got started in MMA when I was 18 after getting into a fight when I was shooting some b-ball outside of the school. The guy started making trouble in my neighborhood, so I ended up fighting him and got beat up. After that, I decided I needed to learn how to protect myself.
What makes someone a fighter?
I think everyone has a fighter in them; however, some people are willing to put it all on the line and push past the fear that stops most people.
How would you describe your fight style?
A mix of Jean Claude Van Dam in Blood Sport and Rocky.
What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in a fight?
I’m old school; it all starts with the jab when it comes to striking and the guillotine for submissions.
What's your favorite thing about fighting?
I like the fact that this sport shows who you truly are; the cage doesn’t lie. If you’re a coward or fake any aspect of the sport, it will show when you step into the cage.
If you could start your fight career over, what would you do differently?
There isn’t anything that I would change; you must learn from both the victories and the defeats. I have all the tools and people on my side so that I can accomplish all of my goals and dreams.
How do you feel about your upcoming fight?
I feel great, for me this is the best that I’ve ever felt. You will see the best version of myself on fight night.
What holes do you see in your opponent’s game?
I think he is a decent all-around fighter but doesn’t have the knockout power or ground game that I have.
How do you think the fight is going to end?
First or second round submission or knockout
What are your goals in MMA?
To be UFC champion…there is no point in being in this sport if you don’t want to be the best.
If you could have one dream fight with any MMA fighter, who would it be?
I would want to fight the best, so it would have to be Khabib or Conor Mcgregor.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I like to listen to gangster music and play basketball.
What is your life motto?
All failures are minor setbacks for major comebacks.
Who has been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
My dad is probably the most inspirational person in my life, he sacrificed everything he had overseas to bring my brother and me here to America.
What is something people should know about you?
I am what I am. If you like me, then cool; if you hate me that’s cool too. I live life the way I want to live it.
Is there anyone you would like to thank (sponsors, family, gym, etc.)?
I want to thank my coaches Draculino, Jonathan Harris, Frank Adame, and Professor Brandon Mullins. I would also thank my teammates at Gracie Barra Texas as well as all of my friends and family who continue to support me.