Kamal Shalorus made his WEC debut in violent fashion in November, finishing Will Kerr in just over one minute after escaping from a kneebar. It was a stunning debut for anyone making their first appearance on the national scene, a feat made all the more impressive when you consider that Shalorus is 37 years old.
Or is he?
Really interesting story and read. Kamal claims that the birth certificate that he has is actually that of his brother (who passed away at a young age). Apparently his parents couldn't afford to bring him to the hospital for a second one and he believes he is closer to 29 or 30 than actually 37.
The government of Iran says Shalorus is 37, but he maintains that he's much closer to 29. "Maybe I was born in 1978, maybe 1979, maybe 1975. I don't know," says Shalorus. "I said, 'Mom, what happened?' She said, 'Oh yeah, we had another son before you and he passed away. We could not go to city (to the hospital) because we had no money and it was snowing, so we just gave his birth certificate to you.' It's very common where I come from."