We haven’t seen Frontline Academy’s fighter and coach Mohsen Bahari (8-3) hasn’t been in the cage since a short notice fight against Borys Mankowski at KSW 30 back in February of last year. “The Professor” talks to MMAViking.com about the reason for his absence and matchup versus Ali Arish (20-5) ahead on CWFC 78 taking place at the Liverpool’s Echo Arena on September 10.


“There are many factors that contributed to my inactivity in competition. I fought Two of the best European welterweights in back to back fights and lost both on decision. I took partly due to weaknesses in my wrestling game. I really wanted to come back as a more complete fighter. And i Did not want loose a fight again due to that kind of weakness. So I focused on developing my game rather than showcasing IT the very first chance I got. Subsequently I had a series of different injuries and infections that kept me from competing. Then I found myself in the middle of delivering my masters thesis so I decided to not compete until that was done. And now i have been ready to go for a while just had some difficulties getting a fight. So now IT’S on =)”

Bahari was on a solid three fight winning streak with Cage Warriors, beating Alexander Voitenko, Bruno Carvalho, then Ben Alloway in 2013 and 204, before decision losses to Nicolas Dalby and Mankowski.


“It is no secret what Arish will try to do. He is a high level wrestler and he will try to take me down and work the top. This will be an excellent opportunity for me to test the skills I have honed during my layoff.” – Bahari

Arish is also a Cage Warriors veteran and once had a 10 fight winning streak and another 9 fight winning streak in his career. The England based fighter however has lost three of four bouts as of late.