The drama between BRAVE CF Middleweight World Champion Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine and Mohamed “L’Ambiance" Said Maalem seems to be far from over as the Lebanese knockout artist made it known what he truly feels about his Algerian rival before they collide in their rematch this Friday, March 11.
Fakhreddine didn’t hold back during the BRAVE CF 57 pre-fight press conference on Wednesday, March 9 to promote his scheduled five-round clash against Said Maalem for the vacant BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight World Championship.
“I am going to finish the fight the nastiest way he can imagine,” Fakhreddine quipped when he was asked about his thoughts heading into their second encounter. “It doesn’t matter [what round]. I am going to take him to deep waters.”
The first meeting between the two at BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood in August 2021 ended in controversy as the result was overturned by the Italian Federation of Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts following a thorough investigation of the match.
It was found that there were illegal strikes made by Said Maalem on Fakhreddine in the final sequence, something that contributed to the stoppage.
Now, Fakhreddine and Said Maalem will have to settle the score with a chance to have a much more definitive ending in order to crown the new BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight World Champion.
It has been confirmed that Said Maalem that compatriot Tahar Hadbi will be working in his corner on fight night. The said veteran is no stranger to Fakhreddine as they went to war on two occasions under the banner of the Bahrain-based outfit—with the first encounter ending via no contest and then the Algerian winning the second date by second-round stoppage.
With Hadbi lending some assistance to Said Maalem, it could be a bane to Fakhreddine’s bid of becoming the first athlete in BRAVE CF history to hold two World Titles at the same time.
However, Fakhreddine isn't bothered if Said Maalem has to form an alliance with his old foe with the objective of defeating him on Friday.
“I really don’t care. He can have Jon Jones if he wants to,” Fakhreddine stated.