Besides being a fighter in our featherweight division, Bashir Ahmad is known as the godfather of MMA in Pakistan being the first person to bring the sport there.
However, many don’t know that he also used to be a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq as a medic, a Bachelor’s degree holder in Global Affairs, and has a Master’s in exercise science.
Yahoo U.S. recently did a feature on Ahmad, which explores how he was inspired to take up martial arts, and in turn how he’s now trying to inspire underprivileged youths in Pakistan the same way.
The story also outlines his trials and tribulations as a Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S.A., service in the armed forces, and the difficulties he faced as an MMA pioneer and American citizen living in Pakistan.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
”Wherever I go, there always is a hyphen or a caveat,” he said. “Even when I was in the military, there were some guys who wondered, ‘Is he really for us?’ And in Pakistan, people ask why I’m fighting a war against Muslim people. That has been the story of my life.”
To read the article in its entirety, go to http://sports.yahoo.com/news/u-s–army-veteran-bashir-ahmad-using-mma-to-inspire-impoverished-pakistani-youth-025126518-mma.html