He was born and raised in Iraq and was contracted to be a convoy driver for the U.S. Marines Corp., according to TMZ Sports. He was later captured by Al Qaeda and threatened with death until U.S. Marines saved him.
After the rescue, Altamimi moved to the U.S. and began training in MMA. He happened to meet Glazer and Pratt at the gym.
Altamimi praised Pratt as a good person to train with.
“He’s really good. He has really good wrestling – he has a background in wrestling in high school. The guy has really good experience wrestling, and I work with him a lot with striking and I train him in striking. We roll a lot. He likes to roll, and he’s strong,” he said of Pratt, according to MMA Junkie.