About

Irshaad Sayed, 28 years old, is one of the most promising international fighters of his generation.

Irshaad, born in Cape Town, competed in his 1st professional kickboxing fight during his school years. After this first experience, all other sports fell away and his focus fell on fighting.

After graduating from school, Irshaad decided to take his fighting to the next level and moved to Thailand. All he did was train day in and day out, learning the life of a real Muay Thai fighter. His fighting took him to different regions of Thailand and Asia, as well as legendary stadiums.

Recognizing his powerful and spectacular style, a Thai promoter gave him his fighting name “White Tiger”, a name now well known in the world of martial arts.

His fighting career being successfully launched, Irshaad got the opportunity to fight for the W.P.M.F World Muay Thai title on the king’s birthday. Following a tough fight, he won his 1st world title at the age of 18.

After a year of training and fighting in Thailand, Irshaad moved back to South Africa. Looking to share his experience and passion, Irshaad decided to establish his own training camp “White Tiger Muay Thai” in Cape Town. He also enrolled at the Exercise Teachers Academy to further his sporting knowledge. 

While training at home, Irshaad’s reputation managed to get him competing at an international level in Asia. He was then offered to join a mixed martial arts gym in Hong Kong.

During his time in Hong Kong, 
Irshaad made his MMA debut in 2010, winning by KO against an experienced opponent at the City of Dreams in Macau. Wanting to take his MMA career to the next level, Irshaad decided to move to Singapore where he trained and fought out of the world renowned Evolve MMA in Singapore under coach Heath Sims.  

In 2013, Irshaad won his 1st MMA title in China, crowning him as the RUFF bantamweight Champion and Chinese National Champion of MMA.

While based in New Zealand, Irshaad is still actively involved in the development of martial arts in South Africa. He is the founder of “Kickboxing Against Drugs” amateur events in Cape Town. Standing out by his achievements, Irshaad won several youth awards recognising him as an inspiring role model.

In 2016 Irshaad became the EFC world banatweight champion. EFC is Africa’s premier mixed martial arts platform and is broadcast live in South Africa and streamed online globally to millions of homes each month. With his well known status as a world class athlete, Irshaad was selected to be head coach on EFC’s inaugural show “The Fighter”, an exciting new reality TV show where athletes from all around the world are living together in the same house and fighting each other in a cut throat elimination tournament.