Ali Khatibi Opens Up About Relationship With Cristine ReyesAli Khatibi, the half-Pinoy half-Persian boyfriend of Cristine Reyes, spoke about his relationship with the actress and their plans for the future now that Cristine is pregnant.
Aside from being a mixed martial arts athlete, not many know about Ali. According to the article "Toe to Toe with Ali Khatibi" published on Large on Sports Channel and posted on his Facebook account, Ali is not only an MMA fighter, but he is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.
Although he already expected the barrage of questions about him, he is still overwhelmed by the buzz as soon as Cristine admitted she is pregnant with their baby. Cristine obviously knows how to deal with showbiz, but Ali was a little surprised with the attention.
He would be happier if that attention can be diverted to local mixed martial arts because although it has been around for quite some time, it is still a growing sport in the Philippines. He is encouraging Filipinos to follow and support local MMA fighters.
Ali shared how he met Cristine. They were with some common friends and the actress told him she wanted to learn Jiu-jitsu. He invited her to the gym and to his surprise, she actually showed up.
Their relationship was "totally unexpected," Ali said, adding that Cristine is doing very well in her training, and is quite ready for competition. That has to be put aside for now, but after their baby arrives, maybe the actress can try joining the tournament.
He will be fighting again soon after a two-year hiatus following his clinching of a gold medal. His only problem is "ring rust," but he is sure his team would be able to address that. This is the best time for him to fight because he already regained the "hunger" he lost before.
Cristine has never seen him fight live, but she is very supportive of his passion for MMA. He won't even wait until the baby is born. He will get back in action because he loves the fact that Cristine is up for it too.