Rami Hamed makes his long awaited return to the cage at Titan FC 76.
The 31-year-old is finally fully healthy after nearly a year long layoff caused by LCL and meniscus injuries which required surgery. This was the second knee surgery of his pro career. Throughout the recovery process, he remained positive and diligent during rehab and physical therapy. Now, back at full health, Hamed feels like the process has benefitted him mentally. Going into this fight, he found motivation in not being able to travel back home to Lebanon and see his family. Hamed discussed his current state and how long he's been away from home.
“I feel more menatlly tough,” he said. “I haven’t seen my family in three years. It’s extra motivation and makes me want to work harder.”
Following his full recovery, he returned to training at American Combat Gym to work with head coach, Charles McCarthy, wrestling coach, Steve Williams and a plethora of other quality names. Hamed has a great appreciation for his team and coaches and even does some coaching himself at the gym. The six-time Muay Thai national champion, five-time kickboxing national champion and a two-time Taekwondo national champion is also the one to show Charles Rosa that infamous spinning elbow he landed in a UFC bout against Damon Jackson.
During this camp, he has done some training at South Beach Boxing with prolific coach Orlando Cuellar and two-time boxing world champion, Jean Pascal. The fan favorite striker sharpening his stand up is a scary sight. Despite his stint at the boxing gym, Hamed is excited to show off his grappling on fight night. Being coached by the beyond notable names he is, shows a recipe for success. He described his camp training at the two gyms as “amazing”.
Hamed’s diligence in the gym has transferred to the cage as he’s won four of his last five fights including back-to-back victories. The former Titan FC welterweight title challenger makes his fifth walk to the promotions cage at Titan FC 76. Since his return to Titan FC in 2020, he’s been relatively dominant scoring two unanimous decision wins. His style has been compared to the likes of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and every time he steps in the cage fight fans rise to their feet. Hamed talked about his appreciation for Titan FC and shared his veteran mentality prior to stepping into the cage.
“Titan has always been good to me so I’m appreciative of them,” he said. “Whatever is meant to happen, will happen.”
His fifth promotional appearance will take place this Friday against undefeated Columbian prospect, Jimi Alberto Diaz Zuleta. Hamed, as well as Diaz Zuleta, have taken this fight on short notice, but were both active in the gym. Although Hamed is known for being a high level striker, he stressed how confident he is in his grappling. He expects to display a complete performance in his first bout in nearly a year. Hamed explained that he will try and showcase his entire skill set in the cage this weekend.
“Expect to see good striking and good grappling,” said Hamed. “I’ll use all my weapons to get a win.”
The 31-year-old is unsatisfied with his lack of activity, but is patient and knows what's best for his career. Hamed is a quality talent and a household name in the Titan FC community. Despite coming off an injury, he is realistically a convincing win away from getting a big time opportunity. On Friday night, look for Hamed to capitalize on that opportunity and prove he can compete at the highest level.