Guyanese fighter signs with UFC

By Crystal Hosannah

Carlston ‘Mozambique’ Harris

Carlston ‘Mozambique’ Harris has signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization after his win against Saygid Izagakhmaev at the UAE Warriors 15 event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on January 15 last.

The mixed martial arts fighter from Skeldon, Guyana, defeated Izagakhmaey by submission, using a chokehold in the second round.

The 33-year-old welterweight currently lives and competes in Brazil and  is currently ranked seventh among  583 active pro athletes in his division in the country.

Harris trains at the Renewal Fight Team (RFT), in Rio de Janeiro, and

Carlston ‘Mozambique’ Harris

has a career record of 15 wins and four losses. 

Speaking with Dana White, president of the UFC, Harris said getting signed into the UFC is a dream come true.

“I have been waiting a lifetime for this opportunity,” an elated Harris.

“It has been 10 or 11 years since I left my mom and family in Guyana. I have not seen them since I left. I have been living in Brazil in hopes of fulfilling my dream,” said Harris.

Harris defeated seven out of his last eight opponents. He is currently on a three-win fighting streak after his defeat of Izagakhmaev whose record was 17 wins and 1 loss.