His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President of the General Sports Authority and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, witnessed the first round of fights of the first edition of the MMA Super Cup which is held within the activities of the BRAVE International Combat Week.
The event is being held under the patronage of His Highness and organized by the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF), in cooperation with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the KHK SPORTS. The event will also feature BRAVE CF 57 which will take place on Friday March 11 headlined by a BRAVE CF World Bantamweight Title between Hamza "The Bahrain of Pride" Kooheji and Brad "Superman" Katona.
On this occasion, HH Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa praised the levels witnessed by the competitions on the first day of the championship, stressing that the displays delivered by the fighters reflect their strong preparations ahead of the Championship. His Highness added that the MMA Super Cup carries high value and is a great addition to the competitions organized by the IMMAF, stressing that it will contribute to advancing the MMA sport globally. Finally, HH Shaikh Khalid wished the participants the best of luck.
From his side, HE Mr Aymen bin Tawfiq Almoayed affirmed that the vision of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of HM the King for Humanitarian Works and Youth Affairs and President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports has made the Kingdom of Bahrain a preferred destination for holding various sports events and activities on its soil due to the Kingdom’s distinguished elements as well as modern sports infrastructure. He pointed out that the interest of HH Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa to organise this prestigious event has put the Kingdom at the centre of the world's attention.
"HH Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa is making outstanding efforts in promoting MMA sport, not only at a local level, but also at the regional and global levels through tangible steps. And this includes the exceptional initiatives launched by His Highness to form a solid base for this sport, and encourage young people to practice it, so that Bahrain can become a global hub for the MMA sport," he said, adding: "The vision of HH Shaikh Khaled in organising the BRAVE International Combat Week will have an important role in raising the skills of the Kingdom's fighters and giving them the ability to compete and achieve great accomplishments in the name of Bahrain. Moreover, the tournament will be a suitable place to confirm Bahrain's capabilities and leadership in this sport at the global level."
The Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs concluded, saying: "We are fully confident that the event's Organising Committee, with its capabilities, high efficiency and distinguished expertise, and the national cadres it has, is able to bring out the global forum in a distinct way from an organizational point of view and confirm the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain as a major host for prestigious sports events.