UFC Signs Top European Prospects: “Valhalla” and “Abacus”
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UFC Signs Top European Prospects: “Valhalla” and “Abacus”; Set to Square off in Fight Night Card in Hamburg
By George Portoulas
Less than three weeks ago, Emil “Valhalla” Weber Meek scored the biggest win in his MMA career by annihilating former Pride, WSOF, and UFC vet, Rousimar Palhares in a mere 45 seconds. Meek (8-2-1; 1 NC). The win was enough to get Meek noticed by the UFC, and a spot on UFC Fight Night set in Hamburg, Germany for September 3.
The 27-year-old Norwegian trains out of the Frontline Academy in Oslo, and has finished all of his eight opponents, seven of those wins coming by way of TKO / KO.
Meek is on a current three-fight winning streak, with his latest win being in the main event of Italian MMA promotion Venator FC. The Venator card showcased many former UFC competitors, such as Luke Barnatt, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Matt Hamill, Cody Mckenzie, and Che Mills.
Emil Meek will be facing a tough task in fellow newcomer Jessin “Abacus” Ayari in a welterweight showdown. The German native Ayari (15-3) is the top ranked active welterweight in professional German MMA, and second ranked in Western Europe. Ayari has eight submission wins, and is on a six-fight winning streak.
The UFC never stops in their search for the best talent around the world, and these two young welterweights will look to become the next big name out of Europe.
Top European prospects – Emil Weber Meek (left) and Jessin Arayi (right)