Traditionally football-mad with a recent penchant for basketball, Lebanon is venturing into territory uncharted by any other Middle Eastern or North African nation. The country will host an event termed the Revolution Fighting Champion (RFC), boosting hopes among Lebanese and foreign martial artists that the occasion will herald a new era in the expansion and popularity of their sport. [DailyStar]

This one of a kind tournament will include 32 people from 10 different countries. I went to school with Wissam Abi Nader, the Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Committee (LMMA) President. He’s a great guy and a great champion from Lebanon. I remember one time I was just messing with him and he flipped me over in a flash of a second. Here’s a nice compilation of Wissam I found online [YouTube].