Hayder Hassan
Hayder Hassan

Iraqi-American mixed martial artist Hayder “Hulk” Hassan, 36, recently signed with Brave Combat Federation. On October 16, 2019, the Bahrain-based MMA promotion took to Twitter to welcome its new athlete, who is training out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States.

Hassan was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 20, 1982 to Iraqi parents, who relocated from Baghdad, Iraq to the U.S. in 1977. Before starting his training at the American Top Team academy, the Iraqi-American MMA fighter was a sales representative at a pharmaceutical firm.

While in Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Hassan performed well as a wrestler and a football player. In 2007, he graduated from Florida University.

In 2009, Hassan made his professional MMA debut and won his first two bouts. In 2015, he represented American Top Team on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 21 and made it to the final.

On December 15, 2015, Hassan made his UFC debut at “UFC on Fox 17” at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. He lost to Vicente “The Silent Assassin” Luque, 27, of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil.

From 2009 to 2019, Hassan competed in 11 promotions. These are the UFC, King of the Cage, Raging Wolf, Xtreme Fighting Championships, Strikeforce, Mixed Fighting Alliance, Champion Fighting Alliance, Titan Fighting Championship, Phoenix Fighting Championship, Kumite 1 League and M-1 Global.

Holding a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 4 losses, Hassan is currently riding a three-bout streak. He won two bouts in 2018 and one in 2019.

Brave CF has yet to announce the details about Hassan’s promotion debut. On October 15, 2019, he took to Instagram to share the news about his signing with the promotion.