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“I threw that fight”- Leonardo Barbosa explained a terrifying gun threat forced him losing the fight against Ahmed Wali in Afghanistan

Barbosa was at gunpoint before his match against Wali

The MMA fighter for TGFC, Leonardo Barbosa, confessed the reason behind his loss against Ahmad Wali. The 32-year-old holds the Pro MMA record at 18-8-0. His latest fight against Wali took place in Kabul, Afganistan on February 11th at the Main Event of TGFC’s 11th event.

In an Interview, Barbosa explained the terrifying spot in which they dragged him. The 32-year-old described how he was taken at a gunpoint to his locker room.

The Distressing Condition of Leonardo Barbosa

The Brazilian lost the fight in the second round via knees to the body. However, before the fight began, an armed man with a gun entered his locker room, aggressively yelling at him in his native language. Apart from this, Barbosa made it to the ring, and on his way saw the same man again in the crowd.

The fighter explained the traumatic situation which he experienced. The man continued to get closer in between rounds and shouted similarly like before. The 32-year-old felt completely dominating the first round and winning it, but somehow could not make it.

Borbosa confessed about being under gunpoint before match against Wali

“And then that happened. I threw the fight, came back different for the second round, a series of things were going through my mind. I have a son, I have a family. Him killing me wasn’t my biggest fear because the repercussion would be huge, but, I don’t know, people there are a bit complicated. It’s complicated, really. That region is still at war. There are terrorist attacks going on and people is kind of used to that now. A car exploded while I was there and they simply isolated the street, the army put a detour to another street and that’s it.” –Leonardo Barbosa. (via

The fighter exclaimed that he never foresaw a situation like that before. Besides, he did not know the laws and the biggest fear was if he could leave that place or not. Another fear was of getting arrested or turning up at a hospital without documents, only the immigration paper.

Rematch Against Ahmad Wali

Post situation, The Brazilian fighter received a rematch offer against Wali. Following, the 32-year-old fighter does not hesitate in accepting the offer, but with ensuring some conditions this time.

“I’d go with a different structure this time, with my cornermen and everything else,” Barbosa said. “I’ll never travel again without my cornermen.” This rematch will be different,” he added. “I believe I can win this fight with ease, to tell you the truth” -Leonardo Barbosa

They have scheduled the fight for May. Without a doubt, the controversies will definitely help to increase the heat for this match. Barbosa vs Wali is one of the prime examples of matches being tagged as fixed. Clearly, an event like this will push TGFC to work on its security for future events.

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