Kamal Shalorus

Kamal Shalorus (Persian: کمال شعله روز‎; born 27 August 1977) is an Iranian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of ONE FC. A professional competitor since 2008, Shalorus has also formerly competed for the UFC and the WEC.

Kamal Shalorus
Born (1977-08-27) 27 August 1977 (age 42)
Khalkhal, Iran
Other namesThe Prince of Persia
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach68.0 in (173 cm)
Fighting out ofAustin, Texas, United States
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

Sahlorus was born in an isolated rural hut near the village [1] of Khalkhal in Ardabil Province.

Kamal is a wrestler, represented Great Britain in an Olympic Qualification tournament where he placed 8th.

He has also competed in grappling tournaments. He has a notable win over Joachim Hansen in the European Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Qualifiers.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Kamal trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with WEC veteran and Relson Gracie Black Belt Phil Cardella.[3] He has also had in-person training with Relson Gracie in Hawaii, in addition to 5x BJJ World Champ Daniel Moraes[4] and Henry Akins. Kamal also trains in catch wrestling and mma with Neil Melanson and Randy Couture at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Kamal also hired Laren Umphlett, one of Karl Gotch's last students, to be a grappling coach at his gym Arte Training Center in Austin Texas.

Kamal is a partner in (and official grappling instructor for) the American Combat Association and he certifies MMA schools in his fighting system SICS and conducts seminars focused on catch wrestling through the ACA.[5]

Kamal captured the welterweight title in the Austin Texas MMA promotion King of Kombat in April 2008, still undefeated. He then won the welterweight title in the Supreme Warrior Challenge, preparing his way into the WEC.

World Extreme CagefightingEdit

He was scheduled to make his WEC debut against Alex Karalexis on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44, but a broken hand forced Karalexis off the card.[6] Karalexis was replaced by WEC newcomer Will Kerr.[7] Shalorus defeated Kerr via TKO in the very first round.[8]

Shalorus defeated previously unbeaten Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46. Shalorus showed impressive striking, takedown offense and defense. It was also noted, by Frank Mir, that Shalorus would be a force to be reckoned with in the future.[9]

Shalorus was expected to face former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48,[10] but Shalorus was forced off of the card with an injury.[11] Varner/Shalorus took place on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49.[12] The fight ended in a split draw (29–27 Varner, 29–27 Shalorus, and 28–28), with Shalorus being docked one point for multiple groin strikes.

Kamal Shalorus was expected to face Bart Palaszewski on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52,[13] but the bout was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus reinjured his hand that was broken during the bout with Varner.[14] Shalorus won the fight via split decision (30–27, 28–29, and 29–28).

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[15] Shalorus was the third Iranian fighter to ever compete for the UFC; the other two being Reza Nasri, and Reza Madadi.

In his UFC debut, Shalorus faced Jim Miller on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[16] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round, the first loss of his professional career.

Shalorus next faced promotional newcomer and future UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.[17] He lost the fight via submission in the third round.[18]

Shalorus faced Rafael dos Anjos on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[19] After being dropped with a head kick, Shalorus was submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[20]

ONE Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Nearly a year after being released from the UFC, Shalorus signed with the Asia's biggest MMA promotion, ONE FC promotion. He made his promotional debut against Eduard Folayang at ONE Fighting Championship 9 on May 31, 2013 and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Kamal faced Ariel Sexton on March 14, 2014 at ONE Fighting Championship 14. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Shalorus faced current champion Shinya Aoki on August 29, 2014 at ONE Fighting Championship 19.[21] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Professional wrestlingEdit

On February 25, 2015 it was announced by the American Combat Association that Kamal is also beginning a career in a professional wrestling and is available for professional wrestling bookings [22]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 9 wins 5 losses
By knockout 4 1
By submission 1 3
By decision 4 1
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–5–2 Ev Ting Decision (split) One Championship: Throne of Tigers February 10, 2017 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Loss 9–4–2 Shinya Aoki Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE FC: Reign of Champions August 29, 2014 1 2:15 Dubai, UAE For the ONE FC Lightweight Championship.
Win 9–3–2 Ariel Sexton Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: War of Nations March 14, 2014 3 5:00 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Win 8–3–2 Eduard Folayang Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013 3 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines
Loss 7–3–2 Rafael dos Anjos Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 1 1:40 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Loss 7–2–2 Khabib Nurmagomedov Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 3 2:08 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 7–1–2 Jim Miller TKO (knee and punches) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 2:15 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0–2 Bart Palaszewski Decision (split) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Draw 6–0–2 Jamie Varner Draw (split) WEC 49 June 20, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Shalorus was docked a point in round 2 for groin strikes.
Win 6–0–1 Dave Jansen Decision (unanimous) WEC 46 January 10, 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 5–0–1 Will Kerr TKO (punches) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 1 1:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0–1 Justin Miller TKO (punches) Supreme Warrior Championship 7: Discountenance June 20, 2009 2 0:32 Frisco, Texas, United States
Draw 3–0–1 Mike Bronzoulis Draw (majority) King of Kombat 6: Fists of Fury April 25, 2009 5 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Jonathan Evans TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge: War at the Shore January 23, 2009 1 0:35 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Edwyn Jones Submission (rear-naked choke) Supreme Warrior Championship 2: Battlegrounds November 28, 2008 2 2:52 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Jeff Davis TKO (punches) King of Kombat 3 April 5, 2008 1 1:06 Austin, Texas, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "From Humble Beginnings to Pro Fighter, Kamal Shalorus Calls Out One FC Champ Shinya Aoki". Yahoo Sports. 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 22, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Frank Currerri (2010-01-07). "Jansen to Olympian Shalorus: 'I'm The Better Wrestler'". UFC. Retrieved April 20, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Alan Belcher brushing up Jiu-Jitsu for Maia fight in Brazil". GRACIEMAG.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Broken hand forces lightweight Alex Karalexis out of WEC 44 contest". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  7. ^ "WEC newcomer Will Kerr signed, replaces Alex Karalexis at WEC 44". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  8. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". Wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19.
  9. ^ "WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson results". Wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2010-01-11.
  10. ^ "Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus likely for WEC 48 PPV main card". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  11. ^ "Kamal Shalorus Injury". mmarus.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  12. ^ "WEC 49: 'Varner vs Shalorus' official for June 20 in Edmonton". mmamania.com. 2010-04-15.
  13. ^ "Bart Palaszewski vs. Kamal Shalorus targeted for WEC 52 in November". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-07-09. Archived from the original on 2010-09-10.
  14. ^ "PALASZEWSKI VS. SHALORUS MOVED TO WEC 53". MMAweekly.com. 2010-09-15.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. Archived from the original on May 25, 2012.
  16. ^ "Jim Miller Set to Face Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. December 30, 2010.
  17. ^ "Kamal Shalorus meets Habib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville". mmaweeklymmajunkie.com. November 24, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  18. ^ "UFC on FX 1 results: Newcomer Nurmagomedov shocks Shalorus, earns third-round tap". MMAjunkie.com. July 8, 2012.
  19. ^ "UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier". ufc.com. March 12, 2012.
  20. ^ Anton Tabuena (June 4, 2012). "UFC Releases Several Fighters From Their Roster". bloodyelbow.com.
  21. ^ Tristen Critchfield (July 3, 2014). "Aoki-Shalorus, Suzuki-Askren Set for One FC's First Event in Dubai on Aug. 29". sherdog.com.
  22. ^ "The Official American Combat Association Facebook". M.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-28.

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