From San Bernardino, California, Saad Awad trains at Millennia MMA in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He has fought for promotions such as Bellator, Strikeforce, King of the Cage, and Gladiator Challenge. With a win at Bellator 91, Saad Awad now has a record of 14 wins and four losses.
On February 28, 2013 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Saad Awad fought Will Brooks in the semifinal of Bellator's lightweight tournament. With a record of nine wins and zero losses, Brooks had a lot of hype behind him coming into the match. Despite the hype, however, Brooks was unsuccessful in his efforts to take down Awad, and Awad punished Brooks with many punches. Awad was relentless with his punches, which sent Brooks falling to the ground. From there, Awad continued punching Brooks to get a technical knockout win in 43 seconds of the first round.
With his impressive win, Awad will advance to the final match of the lightweight tournament. He will face David Rickels, who beat Jason Fischer by unanimous decision in the other semifinal match in the lightweight tournament.
Awad appeared on the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter 16. He did not win his match in the opening episode of TUF 16 and was unable to enter the TUF house for a chance to win a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Although he did not win a contract with the UFC, Awad, who has finished six opponents in a row, has a chance to be the lightweight tournament champion in another major Mixed Martial Arts promotion. If he continues his winning streak, he will become a tournament champion for Bellator.
To see the highlights of Bellator 91, visit Bellator's website.