The #4 ranked Nordic lightweight Ayub Tashkilot (11 wins & 3 losses) is looking to start off 2014 with the European MMA belt in February. The Iranian born fighter moved to Denmark as a teenager and at 26 years old now, he has settled in at Aalborg Martial Arts.
Let’s meet the fighter before he embarks on a year that could see the wrestler make an impact on the Nordic scene. Undefeated since his lost to Swede Claes Beverlov back in April of 2011, Tashkilot has won all four of his fights. More impressively, the fighter has won the last 8 out of 9 bouts.
Interview with Tashkilot
1. Can you give us a little background on yourself and how you got into MMA?
My name is Ayub Tashkilot, called Zap, I’m graduated as a civil engineer in control and automation, and I also working as greco-roman wrestling coach in THOR Vejgård. I’ve wrestled for several years before I started to mma for almost 5 years ago.
2. What is your gym now and what other fighters do you train with?
I train in Aalborg Martial Arts, located in Aalborg where I also live, I have different trainings partners such as my little brother, and MMA fighter, Shamal Tashkilot, and world class kick boxer, Delwar Mizori, MMA fighter Mikkel Kærsgaard and many more who are always ready to help when there is fight time.
3. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
I have won various titles throughout time, from the XFC to Fightergalla and will soon fight for EUROPEAN MMA title in February, so the higher you go up the list, more exciting the fights gets. so my biggest accomplishment may come in the future.
4. You are a top ranked fighter in the Nordics, what are your goals for 2014?
My goals in 2014 will certainly be, first of all to win the title of EUMMA and then come up in the big league and convince them that I can compete with the best in the world.
Look for a high-profile matchup for Tashkilot on the European MMA 8 card taking place on February 28th in Frederiksberg. With a signing with Cage Warriors, the Dane will have a busy 2014.