Paramount MMA’s Noufel El Kasri: From GLORY to MMA
Paramount MMA is one of many organizations to not only showcase professional MMA fighters but they also feature amateurs on their cards as well. Those fighters usually fight with little hype, however Noufel El Kasri is the exception to that rule, as not many amateur MMA fighters have also competed for Glory Kickboxing. The accomplished kickboxer from Rabat, Morocco might not have made it to the cage if it wasn’t for his ability to be distracted in school at a young age.
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“At a young when I was going to school, I had so much energy,” said El Kasri.
“The school talked with my parents and said I should do a sport because when he (El Kasri) came to class he had so much energy. Then my parents decided to put me in martial arts.”
After participating in Tae Kwon Do, he switched to kickboxing and when he moved to the United States, he found High Altitude Martial Arts after a few months and continued training. Eventually, El Kasri started training with Elevation Fight Team but stayed away from grappling and jiu jitsu. It was something he wasn’t interested until the wrestling coach; Lester Bowling got the idea stuck in his head.
“He was like, ‘you’re talented, you’re a good kickboxer, you should join the MMA world.’”
It took a few months and then encouragement after he joined to continue his journey in MMA. It’s been only six to seven months, but he has made tremendous progress, partly by training with elite talent such as recent UFC debutant, Cory Sandhagen.
“Seeing Cory training and fighting, training with me, working hard outside of the UFC, then he gets the contract and the call from the UFC and it was just like, this stuff is real, this is doable, it’s possible. Just hard work. Cory is a big big inspiration for me, he inspires me every day.”
At 14-2 in Muay Thai and kickboxing, El Kasri could’ve turned pro and had success, but he wants to test himself and make sure he is ready when the time comes.
“Being amateur – that’s when you should make mistakes,” said El Kasri. “That’s when you should test yourself. When you turn pro, those mistakes are going to cost you money. The amateurs are where you learn, that’s why I didn’t turn pro. I want to test myself and my ground game.”
El Kasri is fighting Robin Maggs, an 0-1 amateur who has already competed under the Paramount banner. El Kasri envisions the fight going his way, first on the feet and then on the ground. However, this won’t be his only amateur appearance because at 21, he feels he can take his time and start his career off right.
“I want to get at least four MMA fights before I turn pro,” said El Kasri.
“It’s not about me, it’s a decision that my coach can take. Obviously, I’m gonna feel like when I’m ready. I’m going to have to be smart about it. want to have tough fights, I want to fight wrestlers, I want to fight high level grapplers before I go pro.”
You can watch Noufel El Kasri’s MMA debut at Paramount MMA “Contenders” on March 16, 2018.