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Amir Khillah

Amir Khillah
Born (1979-08-15) August 15, 1979 (age 34)
Cairo, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70 in (180 cm)
Fighting out of Sandy, Utah, United States
Team Elite Performance
Rank black belt in Taekwondo
black belt in Hapkido
black belt in Tang Soo Do
Years active 2006-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 11
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 2
By decision 3
Website http://www.khillah.com
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Amir Khillah (born August 15, 1979) is an Egyptian-American mixed martial artist. Amir has a professional record of 10-5, currently fighting in the lightweight division and previously in the welterweight division. He is a former member of The H.I.T. Squad, the team of UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes. He now owns and operates his own gym, Lighting Kicks MMA, while training full-time at Jeremy Horn's Elite Performance.

Biography

Khillah was born in Egypt and lived there for six years until he and his family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. For high school, he attended Battle Creek Academy, graduating in 1997. To further his studies, Amir attended Western Michigan University and obtained a degree in Exercise Science from the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department.

Khillah is currently teaching an MMA college credit class for the fall semester of 2011 at Western Michigan University.[1]

Mixed martial arts

Amir made his professional debut against The Ultimate Fighter 9 contestant, Mark Miller. Amir lost the fight in the first minute after Miller applied an armbar. Amir lost his second straight fight after being defeated late in the third round against Charles Wilson.

On August 5, 2007, he got his first win by defeating Devin Sprecher via a first round submission. He had accumulated a 3-2 record before fighting Pat Curran, the young cousin of seasoned veteran Jeff Curran. During the fight, Amir broke his hand but still managed to continue. He lost via split decision, with many spectators believing Khillah had won the fight. Amir bounced back winning two straight before losing to Alex Carter, a fighter with over 50 professional fights.

Amir's next victory was a 17 second technical knockout win over Brad McRae at Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night 9. While training Amir suffered a right shoulder tear causing him to require surgery.

He was a part of the third IFL draft held in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He was put in the pool of starters and alternates for the 2008 IFL season but never got his opportunity to compete. Amir tried out for season five of the Ultimate Fighter, making it to the final round of cuts before being disqualified because he tried out with a broken arm. He also tried out for season nine but was cut again in the final round.[3]

Amir finally was selected to be a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. He appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 12. He lost in the elimination round to Cody McKenzie via technical submission by way of McKenzie's own modified submission. The loss sent Amir home, not getting a chance for the six figure contract. Aside from the Ultimate Fighter, Khillah has been featured on two episodes of Spike TV's Knockout Sportsworld.

After his appearance on TUF, Amir returned to competition against Sergio Lopez at Cage Raisers 3. Amir won the fight via TKO midway through round one. Six months later he fought for Jeremy Horn's promotion, winning his fight via arm-triangle choke submission in round one.

Amir won three fights before being signing with Resurrection Fighting Alliance. On June 30, 2012, Amir fought Bellator, WEC, and The Ultimate Fighter veteran, James Krause, at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3. Amir lost the fight via split decision.

In January 2013, Amir was signed to Bellator MMA to compete on their Bellator 87 card. The card took place in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on January 31, 2013 and Amir fought undefeated John Schulz. He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Awards and accomplishments

  • State Championships (Gold medalist)
  • National Championships
  • Olympic Training Center athlete
  • Pan-Am Cup (Silver medalist)
  • World University Games
  • Olympic Trials
  • 2004 U.S. National Collegiate National Champion (welter weight)

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|11-5 |United States John Schulz |Submission (rear-naked choke) |Bellator 87 |02013-01-31January 31, 2013 |align=center|1 |align=center|4:34 |Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|10-5 |United States James Krause |Decision (split) |Resurrection Fighting Alliance 3 |02012-06-30June 30, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Kearney, Nebraska, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|10-4 |United States Dom O'Grady |Decision (unanimous) |Donofrio Entertainment |02012-02-18February 18, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9-4 |United States Jay Little |TKO (punches) |Upper Peninsula Cagefighting |02011-09-10September 10, 2011 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:04 |Baraga, Michigan, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8-4 |United States James Francis |Submission (arm-triangle choke) |Elite Fight Night 13 |02011-03-18March 18, 2011 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:23 |Lehi, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7-4 |United States Sergio Lopez |TKO (punches) |Cage Raisers 3 |02010-09-18September 18, 2010 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:09 |Grand Junction, Colorado, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6-4 |United States Brad McRae |TKO (punches) |Elite Fight Night 9 |02009-06-26June 26, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:17 |Layton, Utah, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|5-4 |United States Alex Carter |Decision (unanimous) |Take That Promotions 3 |02009-04-11April 11, 2009 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Bethalto, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5-3 |United States Aaron Wise |Submission (rear-naked choke) |PB MMA: Return to Glory |02009-03-28March 28, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:01 |Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4-3 |United States Zach Lennon |Decision (unanimous) |Headhunter Productions 1 |02009-02-07February 7, 2009 |align=center|3 |align=center|3:00 |Columbia, Missouri, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|3-3 |United States Pat Curran |Decision (split) |Xtreme Fighting Organization 25 |02008-08-09August 9, 2008 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Island Lake, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3-2 |United States Dave Cochran |Submission (rear naked choke) |Crossroads Combat Challenge 3 |02008-05-06May 6, 2008 |align=center|2 |align=center|1:10 |Effingham, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2-2 |United States Lazar Stojadinovic |Submission (rear naked choke) |Power Fights 2 |02007-12-08December 8, 2007 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:15 |Cicero, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1-2 |United States Devin Sprecher |Submission |Bonecrunch Fighting |02007-08-05August 5, 2007 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Sarasota, Florida, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|0-2 |United States Charles Wilson |Submission (strikes) |Pure Force V |02007-03-31March 31, 2007 |align=center|3 |align=center|4:23 |Tinley Park, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 0-1 |United States Mark Miller |Submission (armbar) |Total Fight Challenge 6 |02006-09-09September 9, 2006 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:41 |Hammond, Indiana, United States | |}

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