In a response to British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan’s ongoing call to action for anyone to take him on with the challenge, Pakistani MMA star Bashir Ahmad has publicly challenged him to fight.
Bashir Ahmad challenged Amir through his own Facebook page. The status read “I have a #StingChallenge for @amirkingkhan! I know he wants to fight in #MMA and take on @thenotoriousmma Conor McGregor! Why not have match with me first? It can be the Pakistani version of Mayweather vs McGregor. Let’s challenge you with something that the Pakistani fans will be crazy to see! @StingEnergy make it happen! Fans share the message! We all want to see this! #friendlymatch #spottmanship #bleedgreen #ahmadvskhan #bashirvsamir #mma #grappling.”
Amir is yet to accept or deny the challenge.
Bashir Ahmad is widely known as the “Godfather of Pakistani MMA.” Born in Pakistan, he left for the United States as a child. He served in the United States Army and did a tour of Iraq in 2004-2005 where he began studying martial arts. In 2009 he moved to Pakistan to promote the sport of Mixed Martial Arts through his organization (PAKMMA). Since then his efforts have propelled MMA to become the fastest growing sport in Pakistan with a growing domestic scene and the creation of sports heroes, the foremost of which is Bashir Ahmad himself. Bashir Ahmad is the first person to represent Pakistan in international MMA competition when he made his debut at the largest MMA league in Asia, ONE Championship in April 2013, defeating the heavily favored Shannon “One Shin” Wriratchai.