Amir was born in Baghdad. When he was seven years old, he fled Baghdad in the middle of the night and went to Iraqi Kurdistan, his family then went to Syria, where Amir saw his father for the first time since he was a toddler. The family stayed in Syria for a year and a half, before moving to Sweden.
Amir's first fight came in the World Ultimate Full Contact 15, where he defeated Pavlo Kulish in 59 seconds by making him submit. He went on an 8 bout win streak to start his MMA career before moving to Bellator, where he extended that streak to 10 bouts after defeating Jamie Powell and Iurie Bejenari. Amir's first loss came in the Middle eastern promotion Brave CF to Jose "Shorty" Torres. Amir rebounded from his loss by defeating Ryan Curtis in BRAVE CF 29.