WIN OR LOSE I AM A SUCCESS STORY – KANE MOUSAH
There is plenty of excitement leading in to BAMMA 22 this weekend and none more so than for Kane Mousah.
The Manchester fighter will make his long awaited debut for the promotion after overcoming long term injury.
Mousah was originally scheduled to make his debut earlier in the year against Marc Diakiese until a knee injury ruled him out.
It was a blow for the reformed Mousah who has amassed an impressive unbeaten 6-0 record in his time in the sport.
Now healed and ready to go, Mousah will fight Myles Price in front of what is expected to be a partisan crowd.
With BAMMA making their first foray into Ireland, Price will have the benefit of home support as Dublin’s 3Arena plays host to BAMMA 22.
Mousah can call himself a success story and a genuine example of the good that mixed martial arts and sport in general can do for someone who embraces the discipline.
The 29-year-old grew up in a rough area of Manchester and his youth was spent battling his environment.
He freely admits that life was tough in area where there were a lot of “young alpha males” all jostling for survival.
He eventually found MMA and made an impressive start until he was
“I come from a rough area,” said Mousah. “Next to Moss Side which was rife with gangs and since I have been a kid all I have done is fight, defend myself, fight for survival and been around an urban area where there is a lot of alpha young males.
“I have to fight for respect and to not be bullied.”
Mousah’s career in MMA was in the ascendancy until it came to a sudden halt.
He was arrested three days after his second pro fight for being in possession of a firearm after being stopped by the police.
He was given nine years of which he served close to three in closed conditions.
Mousah said: “I feel like it was blessing and a curse at the same time. I don’t know where I would have ended up, if what happened to me didn’t happen. I might have got shot you never know.
Having that experience made me realise what I had lost, friends, family and especially my career.”
He added: “I used that to stir me and I said to my co-defendant, no matter what when I get out I am going to carry on fighting.”
During his sentence, Mousah spent his time doing business and personal training courses as he looked for self-improvement.
That has lead him on a positive path since his release and he currently works as a gym manager as well as devoting is time to his sport.
He said: “Win or lose, I am a success story.
“I had trials and tribulations as a youngster, I have been hit with adversity but I have come out better than when I went in and qualification that will allow me to go anywhere in the world and make money.”
Mousah knows he is playing catch-up, especially in a competitive lightweight division and is raring to go.
He said: “have been hurting inside from wanting to fight, it has been horrible sitting on the sidelines. My time is now so we will just have to see, I am just hopeful that Myles Price can give me a good fight and test me.”
BAMMA 22 takes place on 19 September at the 3Arena, Dublin.