‘Enty’ says hostile environment in Pakistan won’t matter should he fight Waqar Umar

Phuket Top Team’s Ian ‘Enty’ Entwistle (8-1) was eager to get a fight and well, his wish came true.

The 27-year-old chanced upon Pakistan’s Waqar Umar (3-0), who coincidentally, was also on the lookout for his next opponent following a first round submission triumph over Afghan Nangyalai Nikzad at PAK MMA Fighting Alliance 2.

And in rather quick succession, it looks like a 145-lbs tussle between the two fighters is in the works for the coming months.

“He put an open challenge to anyone in the world to come and fight him in Pakistan,” Entwistle said. “We saw a few articles of people building him up and saying how good he was and I wanted to make a statement, so we accepted.”

This will be Entwistle’s first fight in Asia, let alone in Pakistan where the crowd is known to favor its homegrown combatants, as evident in the two previous PAK MMA Fighting Alliance instalments that have taken place.

The hostile and passionate Pakistani crowd would have surely unsettled a few nerves of the Afghan fighters over the course of the two events, and yet, ‘Enty’ isn’t worried. Not one bit, in fact.

“Nothing will affect me like that. If anything, if it’s hostile, I will thrive off it,” he said. “I believe I am the best and I’m happy to fight anyone in the world and I’m going to go out and make a statement.”

Although not official, the bout is expected to take place in the PAK MMA Fighting Alliance promotion. However, according to sources close to the situation, Singapore-based Rebel Fighting Championship remains another viable option on the table. Nonetheless, Umar vs. Entwistle will most likely serve as the headlining bout no matter which promotion’s banner it gets slated to.

Entwistle, a native of Accrington, England, has made huge strides in the Mixed Martial Arts landscape with his incredible tear of eight first round stoppage victories. The submission ace is coming off an exquisite heel hook submission win in his previous outing, a finish that impressed the masses, and was even tapped by many as 2013’s “Submission of the Year”.

He was all set to face Japanese MMA icon Caol Uno a while back, but the former UFC champ spurned the opportunity to face the Brit.

Umar, meanwhile, is a rising star in the Pakistani MMA scene. All three of the fighter’s victories have come via submission. The 23-year-old is one of the first fighters to be trained under ONE FC fighter Bashir Ahmad and is known as a top fighter on the local ranks.

‘Enty’ isn’t underestimating his opponent though, despite holding an edge in the experience department. But he knows all too well that he has faced higher caliber opponents thus far, making the 27-year-old all the more confident in getting the ‘W’ should the two meet.

“I haven’t watched any footage on Umar and I don’t plan to. We are confidant no matter who I fight,” Entwistle said. “One thing I can promise you is Umar or anyone else in the world hasn’t fought anyone like me before.”

Photo credit: Phuket Top Team


Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook

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