The team at Champion’s Creed was extremely supportive and excited to finally see Hakeem fight and win in the middle of a pandemic far away at a serene yet vicious place, Abu Dhabi's UFC Island.
With Champion’s Creed being closed for months, we are so grateful for our amazing members who stuck by us during this time.
The reopening in June was desperately needed for our community — people needed to get back out in the world, enjoy martial arts training again, and return to a better state of mind.
This reopening allowed our close-knit members at Champion’s Creed to finally start looking towards the future, planning their goals and helping us now achieve this huge accomplishment.
We all needed to see some positive things happening and something to push us all forward.
Coach Brian Bird had the opportunity to experience his own world-class experience travelling to UFC Island, during a pandemic, to coach his fighter.
Not knowing what to expect when it all began, he soon became very aware of the unique experience he was going to have as he made his way to the UFC Island.
He was picked up in his own personal limo the moment he arrived at his layover in Las Vegas and went through multiple COVID tests and quarantines during his travels.
This week included the usual fight week preparation with lots of media responsibilities as well as training and cutting weight.
This was Hakeem’s first chance to be on the main card shown on Pay-per-view. He was looking stronger than ever mentally and physically with only one goal in mind: to get in the octagon, perform and take home the win.
This fight could not have happened if it wasn’t for the support and dedication from all the members and staff at Champion’s Creed.
We want to take this opportunity to thank our members once again because without you, these world-class experiences cannot happen.
Martial arts is a team sport, and we look forward to continuing to help our members achieve their personal goals through Champion's Creed's world-class martial arts experience.
“I have been training at Champion's Creed since 2012...very much enjoyed my time here. The Jiu-Jitsu and striking training are very good, and the culture here is very welcoming and supportive. Instructors are enjoyable to train with, and that attitude carries over to the students. It's a good gym for all levels: a good job of meeting beginners where they're at; good training for more advanced people; high-level sparring partners; a safe training atmosphere for beginners, so anyone can fit in. Plus, it's a clean gym with good etiquette and quality training gear. I recommend it.” -Christian McKen