Frontline Academy’s middleweight Joseph Karim is looking for his first fight to start off his pro career after a 4-0 amateur MMA record, winning all matches with submissions. “He has a huge potential” says coach Mohsen Bahari of the fighter that most recently won the Contenders Norwich semi-pro title in December.
This BJJ brown belt under Norway-based professor Eduardo “Teta” Rios is well known in BJJ and grappling circuits having won the European Open as purple belt, London Open as brown belt as well as many other local tournaments all over Scandinavia.
The Norwegian found BJJ after having a paintball war with friends in the town Drammen, as a BJJ club was in the same building. There Joseph trained for a couple of years under Nic Ruben Nikolaisen before moving into Oslo, often shifting between BJJ, Submission Wrestling and Thai Boxing. He trains everyday mixing grappling, wrestling, standup and strength.
“Right now I am looking for sponsors and fights” says the grappler that runs a company together with his father selling business furniture. Since it is a family company he can time off during the day to train, but his main aim is to make his MMA career his main living.
Now, MMA is being his main focus and aims to have a successful career, training full time with coaches such as Jack Hermansson, Mohsen Bahari and Teta.
“One could easily be fooled to think he is a one trick pony. But this kid is huge source of frustration for our veteran thaiboxers AS he has a very technical and powerful stand up game to go along with his superior clinch game.” – Bahari
“I want to thank my teammates at Frontline Academy and his coaches, Mohsen Bahari, Jack Hermansson and Eduardo “Teta” Rios.” says the fighter.