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BRAVE CF 66 Results: Chad Hanekom lands huge KO against In Jae La

LockerRoom Team
06 December 2022

When BRAVE CF 66 took place in the South-East Asian country today, Indonesian MMA supporters were recognised for their steadfast support of the biggest international promotion. Twenty warriors from all over the world entered the BRAVE CF cage in the scenic Bali region, creating a spectacle of ten fights that demonstrated the organization's wide and extensive international reach.

The best was saved for last in the main event when Chad "Superman" Hanekom of South Africa knocked out In Jae La of South Korea with a powerful right elbow early in the first round of their Middleweight battle.

Both competitors were just getting a feel for their range and rhythm throughout the opening minute of the bout. They nearly got into a clinch at one point, but it was obvious that Hanekom wanted to add to his previous six stoppages when he shoved the South Korean aside to make room before launching one of the greatest elbow knockouts in history.

“Most people are speechless, that was pretty dope, my coaches and I have been practicing that for years. Working on instinct, spur-of-the-moment reactions, and just ticking boxes," said the number-two ranked BRAVE CF Middleweight.

When asked about his future aspirations, Hanekom said the following: “I've been on top of the division for a while now. I just came here to do a job and get the win, and I did it convincingly. That KO is going to send ripples around the world. As a wise man from Stockton once said ‘I'm not surprised motherf******’,” referencing global MMA star Nate Diaz.

Asu Almabaev of Kazakhstan defeated Kenneth Maningat of the Philippines by submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round of the co-main event of the evening, demonstrating why he is currently ranked third in the BRAVE CF Flyweight rankings.

From the first bell on, Almabaev had Maningat pinned after dominating his opponent with a wrestling and grappling clinic. From the bottom, the Filipino athlete continued to move about, working and firing upward strikes.

Maningat, who agreed to the bout on short notice, soon grew weary, which gave Almabaev the opportunity to land top-heavy strikes. The Kazakh continued to dominate in the second round, proving to be too powerful, quick, and technical before securing a rear-naked choke to solidify his position at the top of the BRAVE CF Flyweight class.

The "Big Boys" delivered a thrilling performance in the sole heavyweight contest of the evening, as Australia's Junior "The Juggernaut" Tafa knocked out Serbia's Nicolas Djurdjevic through TKO (punches) in the first round.

Mohammed Farhad and Ruel Panales' highly anticipated battle on the BRAVE CF 66 card ended in a No Contest, disappointing both fighters. When Panales, a Filipino bantamweight, moved to throw a kick of his own, Farhad delivered a clear inadvertent strike to Panales' groyne. Ruel attempted to continue the battle but was unable, hence there was no winner.

The last event on the 2022 BRAVE CF calendar, BRAVE CF 67, will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain on December 12 before BRAVE Combat Federation wraps up the ground-breaking year with BRAVE CF 68 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on December 17. Visit for additional details.

BRAVE CF 66 Results: Main Card

  • Middleweight: Chad Hanekom def. In Jae La via KO (elbow) - 1min35s - Round 1
  • Flyweight: Asu Almabaev def. Kenneth Maningat via submission (rear-naked choke) - 3min30s - Round 2
  • Bantamweight: Nkosi Ndebele def. Fajar via TKO (strikes) - 2min37s - Round 2
  • Heavyweight: Junior Tafa def. Nicolas Djurdjevic via TKO (strikes) - 2min02s - Round 1
  • Middleweight: Zagid Gaidarov def. Abel Brites via TKO (strikes) - 2min37s- Round 1

Preliminary Card

  • Bantamweight: Mohammed Farhad and Ruel Panales ended in a No Contest (accidental low blow)
  • Flyweight: Dansheel Moodley def. Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Atomweight: Shi Yin Tan def. Gillian Goh via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Light Heavyweight: Oloan Silalahi def. Wilem Natalex Munster via submission (rear-naked choke) - 1m29s - Round 1
  • Featherweight: Randi Febian def. Achterton Andre Rumainum via TKO (strikes) - 2min0s - Round 1

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