Irshaad Sayed

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Irshaad Sayed
BornIrshaad Sayed
(1989-03-30) 30 March 1989 (age 32)
Cape Town
Other namesThe White Tiger
NationalitySouth African
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)
DivisionBantamweight (135lb)
StyleBoxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Kickboxing record
By knockout21
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision3
By decision2
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 4 April 2016

Irshaad "The White Tiger" Sayed (born 30 March 1989) is a South African national kickboxing champion, two time Muay Thai world champion and mixed martial arts champion who is currently signed with EFC Worldwide: Extreme Fighting Championship and is the Interim EFC Bantamweight Champion. He is a former 135 lbs Chinese National MMA Champion.[1]

Biography and career[edit]

Sayed was born in Cape Town and has two sisters and one brother. At school he loved sports participating in soccer, rugby and cricket before taking up kickboxing at the age of 15. He began competing in amateur competitions in South Africa running up a record of 9-0 but at the age of 17 he wanted to compete professionally and decided to move to Thailand to fight.

He won the WPMF Lightweight belt in Thailand in 2007 and returned home to win the South African National Kickboxing Championships the same year. In 2008, at the age of 18, he won the WMC I-1 Asia Championship title in Hong Kong and was invited to move there permanently to work at the Impakt MMA Academy.

In 2010 he won the WMC Lightweight title by defeating Australia’s Phillip "Flip" Street at Planet Battle in Hong Kong.[2]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Sayed has a professional MMA record of 11-2 with both his losses coming at the hands of top Chinese bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun. He made his MMA debut against Ngoo Ditty and stopped him by first round KO at Fury 1 in Macau.[3]

His second fight was against Jumabieke Tuerxun at Top of The Forbidden City Championship and he lost by unanimous decision. Sayed subsequently signed for Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation (Ruff) and made his debut at Ruff 2 against Jumayi Ayideng, winning by split decision. he was then called up to replace the injured Ngoo Ditty to fight top Filipino bantamweight Jessie Rafols at ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes.[4][5]

Sayed's aggressive approach paid off quickly when he downed Filipino Jessie Rafols with a short left uppercut 1:49 into the first stanza.[6]

His next fight was a rematch with Jumabieke at Ruff 3 and this fight was even closer than the first with Sayed only losing by split decision. He went on to win his next two fights for Ruff submitting Ayideng in the first round of their rematch at Ruff 4 and beating Guobin Xue by TKO in the first round of their fight at Ruff 6.

On 2 February 2013 Sayed will fight Jumabieke Tuerxun for the third time for the opportunity to win the RUFF 135 lbs belt and be crowned the first ever Chinese National Bantamweight Champion. The fight is set for the Inner Mongolia Indoor Stadium.[7]

On 29 January it was revealed that Jumabieke Tuerxun had withdrawn from the fight with several articles suggesting that he had refused to sign a new Ruff contract and was on the verge of signing with the UFC. Another Chinese fighter, Yuan Chun Bo, stepped in to replace him.[8]

Sayed stopped Yuan Chun Bo by TKO (strikes) in the second round to become the first ever Ruff bantamweight champion and the first ever bantamweight champion of China.[8] Sayed is a member of the fight team at Evolve MMA in Singapore.[9]

Sayed is currently signed to EFC Worldwide: Extreme Fighting Championship, based in South Africa (formerly known as EFC Africa). He holds wins over Leo Gloss, Charlie Weyer, Abdul Hassan and Oumpie Sebeko. On 22 April 2016, Sayed fought Cedric Doyle for the interim EFC Bantamweight Championship in Cape Town at EFC 48, which was originally scheduled on 23 April. Sayed won via KO with a knee at the last second in round 3. On 11 November 2016, Irshaad fought Demarte Pena at EFC 55 for the Undisputed EFC Bantamweight Championship in a heated rivalry in Cape Town. He lost via unanimous decision. On 15 February 2017, Demarte Pena failed a doping test from SAIDS (South African Institute For Drug Free Sport). SAIDS overturned the result to a no contest and Sayed was reinstated the Inaugural EFC Bantamweight Champion.

On September 20, 2018, WADA have found Pena to be guilty of doping after EFC 66 and sentenced him to a four-year suspension, minus time already served. The second fight between himself and Sayed has been disqualified, and thus ruled a No Contest.[10]

Sayed coached the first season of EFC's new reality television show, The Fighter, which is EFC's own version of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter and is opposing rival Demarte Pena.


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 12 wins 2 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 3 0
By decision 3 2
Draws 0
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
NC 12–2 (2) Demarte Pena NC (overturned) EFC Worldwide 66 16 December 2017 4 4:23 Pretoria, South Africa For the Undisputed EFC Bantamweight Championship. Originally stopped for strikes. Later overturned and Pena was disqualified for doping after WADA decision. Sayed had retired from MMA prior to decision, so he was not reinstated champion.
Win 12–2 (1) Tumisang Madiba TKO (punches) EFC World Wide 58 8 April 2017 2 1:33 Cape Town, South Africa
NC 11–2 (1) Demarte Pena NC (overturned) EFC Worldwide 55 11 November 2016 5 5:00 Cape Town, South Africa For the Undisputed EFC Bantamweight Championship. Originally a unanimous decision win for Pena but failed a doping test. Sayed was reinstated the Interim EFC Bantamweight Champion.
Win 11–2 Cedric Doyle KO (knee) EFC Worldwide 48 22 April 2016 3 4:59 Cape Town, South Africa Won the Interim EFC Bantamweight Championship
Win 10–2 Oumpie Sebeko Decision (unanimous) EFC Worldwide 39 7 May 2015 3 5:00 Cape Town, South Africa
Win 9–2 Abdul Hassan Decision (unanimous) EFC Worldwide 35 6 November 2014 3 5:00 Cape Town, South Africa
Win 8–2 Charlie Weyer Submission (rear-naked choke) EFC Worldwide 30 5 June 2014 1 3:45 Cape Town, South Africa
Win 7–2 Leo Gloss Submission (rear-naked choke) EFC Worldwide 28 27 March 2014 1 4:01 Johannesburg, South Africa
Win 6–2 Chunbo Yuan TKO (punches) Ruff 8 2 February 2013 2 4:22 Hohhot, China
Win 5–2 Guobin Xue TKO (punches) Ruff 6 3 November 2012 1 3:24 Hohhot, China
Win 4–2 Jumayi Ayideng Submission (rear-naked choke) Ruff 4 3 December 2011 1 4:40 Hohhot, China
Loss 3–2 Jumabieke Tuerxun Decision (split) Ruff 3 24 March 2012 3 5:00 Chongqing, China
Win 3–1 Jessie Rafols KO (punch to the body) ONE Fighting Championship: Battle of Heroes 18 December 2010 1 1:49 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win 2–1 Jumayi Ayideng Decision (split) Ruff 2 17 December 2011 3 5:00 Chongqing, China
Loss 1–1 Jumabieke Tuerxun Decision (unanimous) Top of the Forbidden City World Combat Championship 8 July 2011 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 1–0 Ngoo Ditty TKO Fury 1: Clash of the Titans 21 May 2010 1 N/A Cotai, Macau


  1. ^ "RUFF crowns China MMA national champions at inaugural Super Fight". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Li, Lee (28 February 2012). "IRSHAAD SAYED: A CAGED "WHITE TIGER" IS A DANGEROUS FOE". Retrieved 17 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Muay Thai Champion Irshaad Sayed Thinks Win over Jessie Rafols Could Launch his MMA Career". 10 February 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Goyder, James (20 February 2012). "Irshaad Sayed The Latest Muay Thai Champion to Try his Hand at MMA". Retrieved 17 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "South African Irshaad Sayed Set for Asia's Biggest MMA Show". 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Marciniak, Tomasz (11 February 2012). "FELIPE ENOMOTO SUBMITS OLE LAURSEN AT ONE FC 2 'BATTLE OF HEROES'". Retrieved 17 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Goyder, James (19 December 2012). "RUFF riders: Irshaad Sayed vs. Jumabieke Tuerxan 3 with one million RMB on the line". Retrieved 12 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Asian MMA: Top Chinese fighter Jumabieke Tuerxun declines extension for RUFF's 1 Million RMB Super-Fight - Bloody Elbow
  9. ^ Goyder, James (14 May 2013). "South African Muay Thai Champion Irshaad Sayed Struck Gold with Title Win in China". Retrieved 16 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Doping ban, retirement muddies EFC bantamweight scene. Sport 24

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