Pictured above: Abdul Hussein’s hand is raised at the IMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas (left) and Joanne Doyle (right) steps up to receive the gold medal at last year’s European Open.
Former IMMAF European Open and World amateur champion Abdul Hussein picked up a second professional victory on home soil over the weekend, securing a rear-naked-choke submission stoppage at Cage 38 in Helsinki, Finland, besting French opponent Stephan Sergei.
Hussein’s latest win at the pro level was his second under the banner of the prominent Finnish promotion, his professional debut having taken place during November of 2016 with a TKO victory over Italian Andre Colazingari.
Hussein remained undefeated as an amateur competing on the IMMAF international platform. He amassed an 8-0 record while earning Men’s Bantamweight gold medals at the 2015 European Open and 2016 World Championships, taking on opponents from across Europe, Oceania and the USA.
Meanwhile, reigning European Open Women’s Featherweight champion Joanne Doyle grabbed victories of her own over the weekend. The UK’s Yorkshire based competitor stepped in on a week’s notice and made the four hour trip south to Colchester for BCMMA 18, a promotion of which has hosted a multitude of local amateurs and IMMAF championship veterans from the UK, France and Scandinavia.
With a first round TKO stoppage from full mount, Doyle secured a swift victory over France’s Celine Provost, a veteran of the 2015 IMMAF European Open. Furthermore, Doyle’s busy weekend continued the following day, February 19, picking up victories on the submission grappling circuit.
Yesterday Doyle was interviewed live on Radio Yorkshire and later informed IMMAF.org that she’s aiming to be matched again for competition during April/May with additional plans to remain active with grappling competitions.
By IMMAF.org lead writer and website manager, Jorden Curran