Monster Mokdad is in Attack Mode

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Being on the front page of your hometown newspaper is one thing.

Living up to the hype is quite another.

But confidence is something Ali Mokdad is not in short supply of. In fact, despite being a rookie under the Maximum Fighting Championship banner and being only three fights into his mixed martial arts career, Mokdad is eagerly anticipating the big moment of appearing under the spotlight at MFC 29: Conquer.

“The Monster” is ready to attack.

“I know I want this more than he does and I’ll prove that on April 8,” touted Mokdad (3-0), who will face Andreas “The Sweet Swede” Spang (5-0) in the opening bout of the HDNet Fights televised portion of the card emanating from Caesars Windsor (bout subject to OAC approval).

“This fight isn’t going to a decision. It’s going to be a war and it’s going to be end early with my arm raised.”

As confident as Mokdad is about his anticipated performance, the Windsor, Ontario, product has been somewhat overwhelmed by the attention heaped his way during the build-up for the event. He was front and centre at the press conference to announce the show and was recently the subject of a profile in the Windsor Star.

“I knew the MFC was a big organization but I honestly didn’t expect this much publicity,” said Mokdad. “My family and friends can’t wait to see me take care of business in the MFC. I’m very excited about this opportunity with the MFC and I’m going to take full advantage of it.

“I’ll finally get to showcase my skills in front of my family and friends in my hometown and I get to be live on HDNet for the rest of the world to see.”

While a few jitters might be present when the lights go up and the cameras start rolling, Mokdad is convinced that it won’t take long for him to overpower Spang. Experience will likely be a big edge for Spang, who in addition to his five pro MMA fights has a plethora of accomplishments in boxing and kickboxing circles.

Still, Mokdad, who has finished all three of his previous opponents with second-round submissions via rear-naked choke, isn’t lacking for bravado and bold predictions.

“Spang is a game opponent and he will make a good name on my resume,” Mokdad declared. “After Spang I can definitely see myself making a run in the middleweight division. A win over Spang will set me up well on the ladder.”

Mokdad will be joined on the card by two other Windsor-based fighters in bantamweight Chuck “The Energiza Bunny” Mady and welterweight Josh Taveirne.

MFC 29: Conquer is fast-approaching so don’t miss out on the incredible night of fights – the first professional mixed martial arts card ever in Windsor. Tickets are available via www.caesarswindsor.com and www.ticketmaster.ca.

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