Kamal Shalorus

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Kamal Shalorus
Born (1977-08-27) August 27, 1977 (age 37)
Khalkhal, Iran
Other names The Prince of Persia
Nationality Iranian
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 68.0 in (173 cm)
Fighting out of Austin, Texas, United States
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 9
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 4
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 3
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kamal Shalorus is an Iranian professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler.

Early life[edit]

Born in the city of Khalkhal in Ardabil Province, “There is no electric, no school, no hospital, nothing, and in winter time when the snow comes heavy all the roads are closed so we don’t have access to the big city. If we wanted to go to the big city, we have to travel seven hours, eight hours to reach there and the big city was more of a big village. It was that kind of lifestyle.”

The current age of the Iranian has been reported as anything from 35 to 40, but it’s difficult for MMA websites or organizations to accurately report how old Shalorus is when he can’t actually answer the question himself. “I was born in my own house, not in hospital, so no paper, no nothing and I have two brothers older than me. One of them he passed away, so they give his birth certificate to me. I don't know how old I am, but I think I am around 35 because my brother used to be able to hold me and carry me around, but I am older than him on my birth certificate.”

Not only did the place where Shalorus spent his formative years lack modern facilities and infrastructure, but he also had to endure some harsh and inhospitable weather as his family etched out a living by herding sheep. “I grew up on a big, big mountain in north Iran, very close to Azerbaijan and the Russian border and sometimes you would see snow there for 12 months. There was snow all the time. We were shepherds and we had maybe 2,000 sheep. We built our own house with my family and my uncle and a couple of relatives, we lived together and herded sheep.”

Kamal is a decorated wrestler, representing Great Britain in an Olympic Qualification tournament where he placed 8th.

He has also been very competitive in grappling tournaments. He has a notable win over Joachim Hansen in the European Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Qualifiers.[1]

Shalorus might have remained in this rural existence for his entire life had it not been for his aptitude for wrestling. He discovered during his school days that he excelled at this sport and it ultimately provided him with a ticket out of Iran. “I was a good wrestler. When I competed with junior national team, I came first and the Turkey national team they brought me as a sparring partner. After that I went to Greece and I met the UK team there and they invited me to come to England to train with them, this happened in 1997 when I was 21 or 22.”[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Although he would never compete there, it was in England that Shalorus first started to transition into mixed martial arts as local fighters sought him out for his wrestling knowledge and in return started to school him in the other aspects of the game. “Lee Murray was my good friend in England, he helped me a lot and Alex Reid. I used to teach them wrestling and they said ‘Kamal you can be good in fighting.' I moved to Texas because my girlfriend is from Texas and we moved there. My first fight I fought welterweight for the King of Combat title against a guy who had around 12 wins and was an All-American wrestler and I knocked him down after 75 seconds.”

Kamal trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with WEC veteran and Relson Gracie Black Belt Phil Cardella.[3] He has also had in-person training with Relson Gracie in Hawaii, in addition to 5x BJJ World Champ Daniel Moraes.[4] Kamal also trains in catch wrestling and mma with Neil Melanson and Randy Couture at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Kamal also hired Laren Umphlett, one of Karl Gotch's last students, to be a grappling coach at his gym Arte Training Center in Austin Texas.

Kamal is a partner in (and official grappling instructor for) the American Combat Association and he certifies MMA schools in his fighting system SICS and conducts seminars focused on catch wrestling through the ACA.[5]

Kamal captured the welterweight title in the Austin Texas MMA promotion King of Kombat in April 2008, still undefeated. He then won the welterweight title in the Supreme Warrior Challenge, preparing his way into the WEC.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

He was scheduled to make his WEC debut against Alex Karalexis on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44, but a broken hand forced Karalexis off the card.[6] Karalexis was replaced by WEC newcomer Will Kerr.[7] Shalorus defeated Kerr via TKO in the very first round.[8]

Shalorus defeated previously unbeaten Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46. Shalorus showed impressive striking, takedown offense and defense. It was also noted, by Frank Mir, that Shalorus would be a force to be reckoned with in the future.[9]

Shalorus was expected to face former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48,[10] but Shalorus was forced off of the card with an injury.[11] Varner/Shalorus took place on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[12] The fight ended in a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28), with Shalorus being deducted one point for multiple groin shots.

Kamal Shalorus was expected to face Bart Palaszewski on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52,[13] but the bout was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus reinjured his hand that was broken during the bout with Varner.[14] Shalorus won the fight via split decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[15] Shalorus was the third Iranian fighter to ever compete for the UFC; the other two being Reza Nasri, and Reza Madadi.

In his UFC debut, Shalorus faced Jim Miller on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round, the first loss of his professional career.

Shalorus next faced promotional newcomer Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.[17] He lost the fight via submission in the third round.

Shalorus faced Rafael dos Anjos on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[18] After being dropped with a head kick, Shalorus was submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[19]

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

Nearly a year after being released from the UFC, Shalorus signed with the Asia's biggest MMA promotion, ONE FC promotion. He made his promotional debut against Eduard Folayang at ONE Fighting Championship 9 on May 31, 2013 and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Kamal faced Ariel Sexton on March 14, 2014 at ONE Fighting Championship 14. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Shalorus faced current champion Shinya Aoki on August 29, 2014 at ONE Fighting Championship 19.[20] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.


On February 25th 2015 it was announced by the American Combat Association that Kamal is also beginning a career in pro wrestling and is available for professional wrestling bookings [21]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–4–2 Shinya Aoki Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE FC: Reign of Champions August 29, 2014 1 2:15 Dubai, UAE For the ONE FC Lightweight Championshipt
Win 9–3–2 Ariel Sexton Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: War of Nations March 14, 2014 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Win 8–3–2 Eduard Folayang Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013 3 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines
Loss 7–3–2 Rafael dos Anjos Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 1 1:40 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 7–2–2 Khabib Nurmagomedov Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 3 2:08 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 7–1–2 Jim Miller TKO (knee and punches) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 2:15 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0–2 Bart Palaszewski Decision (split) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Draw 6–0–2 Jamie Varner Draw (split) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Shalorus was deducted a point in round 2 for groin strikes.
Win 6–0–1 Dave Jansen Decision (unanimous) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–0–1 Will Kerr TKO (punches) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 1 1:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0–1 Justin Miller TKO (punches) Supreme Warrior Championship 7: Discountenance June 20, 2009 2 0:32 Frisco, Texas, United States
Draw 3–0–1 Mike Bronzoulis Draw (majority) King of Kombat 6: Fists of Fury April 25, 2009 5 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Jonathan Evans TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge: War at the Shore January 23, 2009 1 0:35 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Edwyn Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Supreme Warrior Championship 2: Battlegrounds November 28, 2008 2 2:52 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Jeff Davis TKO (punches) King of Kombat 3 April 5, 2008 1 1:06 Austin, Texas, United States


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  2. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/news/humble-beginnings-pro-fighter-kamal-160342305--mma.html From Humble Beginnings to Pro Fighter, Kamal Shalorus Calls Out One FC Champ Shinya Aoki
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  4. ^ "Alan Belcher brushing up Jiu-Jitsu for Maia fight in Brazil". GRACIEMAG. 
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  7. ^ "WEC newcomer Will Kerr signed, replaces Alex Karalexis at WEC 44". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
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  9. ^ "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2010-01-11. 
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  11. ^ "Kamal Shalorus Injury". mmarus.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  12. ^ "WEC 49: 'Varner vs Shalorus' official for June 20 in Edmonton". mmamania.com. 2010-04-15. 
  13. ^ "Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus targeted for WEC 52 in November". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-07-09. 
  14. ^ "PALASZEWSKI VS. SHALORUS MOVED TO WEC 53". MMAweekly.com. 2010-09-15. 
  15. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Jim Miller Set to Face Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. December 30, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Kamal Shalorus meets Habib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville". mmaweeklymmajunkie.com. November 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ "UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier". ufc.com. March 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ Anton Tabuena (June 4, 2012). "UFC Releases Several Fighters From Their Roster". bloodyelbow.com. 
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (July 3, 2014). "Aoki-Shalorus, Suzuki-Askren Set for One FC’s First Event in Dubai on Aug. 29". sherdog.com. 
  21. ^ https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=124046867634003&ref=bookmark

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