Nordic’s top bantamweight Sirwan Kakai is back in training after some time off to recover from nose surgery. Although the Gothenburg fighter hasn’t yet signed on for a next fight, he has received a new nickname.

“Brad just called me Zohan, and ATT knows me as Zohan”

Kakai versus Dooley
The Swede's last bout in April at Superior Challenge was a dominant victory over
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The name popped-up on Sherdog’s FightFinder last month, and seems that fellow training partner Brad Pickett is responsible. Kakai tells MMA Viking “Brad from some strange reason called me Zohan, becuse alot of people had problems saying my real name Sirwan”.  So it seems that everyone at American Top Team in Florida calls Sirwan as Zohan, as he says “Brad just called my Zohan, and ATT knows me as Zohan.”

For more information on Kakai, read My goal now is to become the #1 in Europe this year or This will be my year. We look forward to seeing the bantamweight’s next move, which should be a high-profile bout.