Irshaad "The White Tiger" Sayed (born 30 March 1989) is a South African national kickboxing champion, two time Muay Thai world champion and mixed martial arts champion who is the reigning 135 lbs Chinese National MMA Champion. Sayed was born in Cape Town and has two sisters and one brother. At school he loved sports participating in soccer, rugby and cricket before taking up kickboxing at the age of 15. He began competing in amateur competitions in South Africa running up a record of 9-0 but at the age of 17 he wanted to compete professionally and decided to move to Thailand to train and fight.
He won the WPMF Lightweight belt in Thailand in 2007 and returned home to win the South African National Kickboxing Championships the same year. In 2008, at the age of 18, he won the WMC I-1 Asia Championship title in Hong Kong and was invited to move there permanently to work at the Impakt MMA Academy.
In 2010 he won the WMC Lightweight title by defeating Australia’s Phillip "Flip" Street at Planet Battle in Hong Kong.
Sayed has a professional MMA record of 5-2 with both his losses coming at the hands of top Chinese bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun. He made his MMA debut against Ngoo Ditty and stopped him by first round KO at Fury 1 in Macau.
His second fight was against Jumabieke Tuerxun at Top of The Forbidden City Championship and he lost by unanimous decision. Sayed subsequently signed for Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (Ruff) and made his debut at Ruff 2 against Jumayi Ayideng, winning by split decision. he was then called up to replace the injured Ngoo Ditty to fight top Filipino bantamweight Jessie Rafols at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes.
Sayed's aggressive approach paid off quickly when he downed Filipino Jessie Rafols with a short left uppercut 1:49 into the first stanza.
His next fight was a rematch with Jumabieke at Ruff 3 and this fight was even closer than the first with Sayed only losing by split decision. He went on to win his next two fights for Ruff submitting Ayideng in the first round of their rematch at Ruff 4 and beating Guobin Xue by TKO in the first round of their fight at Ruff 6.
On 2 February 2013 Sayed will fight Jumabieke Tuerxun for the third time for the opportunity to win the RUFF 135 lbs belt and be crowned the first ever Chinese National Bantamweight Champion. The fight is set for the Inner Mongolia Indoor Stadium.
On 29 January it was revealed that Jumabieke Tuerxun had withdrawn from the fight with several articles suggesting that he had refused to sign a new Ruff contract and was on the verge of signing with the UFC. Another Chinese fighter, Yuan Chun Bo, stepped in to replace him.
Sayed stopped Yuan Chun Bo by TKO (strikes) in the second round to become the first ever Ruff bantamweight champion and the first ever bantamweight champion of China. Sayed is a member of the fight team at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
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