Iranian professional mixed martial artist.
Born in the city of Khalkhal in Ardabil Province, Shalorus began wrestling as a teenager in Iran before beginning training in Turkey and Russia. During his wrestling career, he was granted British citizenship and then moved to Austin, Texas in 2006 with his American girlfriend. He began training in MMA upon his arrival in the United States.
Wrestling and grappling career
Kamal is a decorated wrestler, representing Great Britain in an Olympic Qualification tournament where he placed 19th.
He has also been very competitive in grappling tournaments. He has a notable win over Joachim Hansen in the European Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Qualifiers.
Mixed martial arts career
Kamal trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with WEC veteran and Relson Gracie Black Belt Phil Cardella. He has also had in-person training with Relson Gracie in Hawaii, in addition to 5x BJJ World Champ Daniel Moraes. Kamal also trains in catch wrestling and mma with Neil Melanson and Randy Couture at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
Kamal is a partner in (and official grappling instructor for) the American Combat Association and he certifies MMA schools in his fighting system SICS and conducts seminars focused on catch wrestling through the ACA.
Kamal captured the welterweight title in the Austin Texas MMA promotion King of Kombat in April 2008, still undefeated. He then won the welterweight title in the Supreme Warrior Challenge, preparing his way into the WEC.
World Extreme Cagefighting
He was scheduled to make his WEC debut against Alex Karalexis on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44, but a broken hand forced Karalexis off the card. Karalexis was replaced by WEC newcomer Will Kerr. Shalorus defeated Kerr via TKO in the very first round.
Shalorus defeated previously unbeaten Dave Jansen via unanimous decision on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46. Shalorus showed impressive striking, takedown offense and defense. It was also noted, by Frank Mir, that Shalorus would be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Shalorus was expected to face former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48, but Shalorus was forced off of the card with an injury. Varner/Shalorus took place on June 20, 2010 at WEC 49. The fight ended in a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28), with Shalorus being deducted one point for multiple groin shots.
Kamal Shalorus was expected to face Bart Palaszewski on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52, but the bout was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus reinjured his hand that was broken during the bout with Varner. Shalorus won the fight via split decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC. Shalorus was the third Iranian fighter to ever compete for the UFC; the first being Reza Nasri who fought at UFC 11 and the second being Amir Sadollah.
In his UFC debut, Shalorus faced Jim Miller on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128. He lost the fight via TKO in the third round, the first loss of his professional career.
Shalorus next faced promotional newcomer Khabib Nurmagomedov on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. He lost the fight via submission in the third round.
Shalorus faced Rafael dos Anjos on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. After being dropped with a head kick, Shalorus was submitted via rear-naked choke in the first round.
Shalorus was released from the UFC after going 0-3 in the promotion.