BRAVE Combat Federation's first card of 2023 in the Middle East exploded with thrilling action as Kombat Kingdom commenced in Riffa, Bahrain. BRAVE CF 71 showcased a relentless display of talent, with sixteen world-class athletes representing thirteen nations, all vying for glory, honours, and bragging rights on the global MMA platform.
The opening card of the two-part Kombat Kingdom series set the stage for this year's fight festival in spectacular fashion, featuring five stoppages and three decision wins that captivated fans of BRAVE Nation. Emerging contenders and rising stars shone brightly in the fastest-growing MMA brand. In the main event, Ukraine's Omar Solomanov asserted his dominance as he claimed the title of Featherweight number-one contender with a unanimous decision victory over Kazakhstan's Ilyar Askhanov.
Solomanov wins the main event
Solomanov dictated the pace from the start, showcasing his control of the BRAVE CF cage. He skillfully combined striking combinations with pressure wrestling and takedown techniques. A pivotal moment in the fight occurred when Solomanov executed a single-leg entry, transitioning into a double leg takedown, carrying Askhanov to his corner, and driving him into the BRAVE CF cage just before the end of the first round.
As the second round commenced, Askhanov initially appeared fatigued but quickly regained his composure, inflicting damage in the clinch with sharp elbows. Solomanov's impatience prevented him from securing three rear-naked choke submissions, as he attempted to force the submission without attaining the correct position.
Nevertheless, Solomanov maintained an active fighting style, consistently gaining advantages in wrestling exchanges. Towards the end of the fight, he sealed the deal with a flurry of punches on a grounded Askhanov. Solomanov now looks forward to facing the winner of the championship bout between reigning champion Roman Bogatov and challenger Nemat Abdrashitov at BRAVE CF 72, which will take place in the same venue on Friday. With confidence, the victorious Ukrainian athlete sent a message to the current BRAVE CF 145-pound king.
"Roman, good luck and keep my belt ready for me. I am coming for it," said Solomanov.
Velimurad Alkhasov takes home the co-main event
The co-main event witnessed the rise of two promising Bantamweight stars, with BRAVE CF Flyweight Velimurad Alkhasov stepping up a division and triumphing over Zimbabwe's Nicholas Hwende, potentially securing a shot at the 135-pound strap.
The main card kicked off in electrifying fashion as BRAVE Combat Federation's first-ever Olympian, Mahmoud Sebie, swiftly dispatched his Tunisian opponent Oussama Zeidi. Sebie pursued Zeidi relentlessly, securing a takedown and smothering his opponent before transitioning to a figure-four body triangle and eventually locking in a tight submission on Zeidi's neck. Zeidi had no choice but to tap just past the one-minute mark of the first round.
In his BRAVE CF debut, Turkey's rising phenom Khamzat Maaev lived up to the hype, dispatching Lebanese opponent Elias Farah in under fifty seconds of the first round in their Super Lightweight bout. Maaev effectively maintained distance with thunderous leg kicks and capitalized on Farah's ineffective single-leg takedown attempt. With his opponent vulnerable, Maaev unleashed a barrage of head punches and elbows, resulting in a knockout victory.
The intense Flyweight rivalry between Ruel Panales and Maysara Mohamed concluded when Egypt's Mohamed swiftly defeated his Filipino counterpart in the first round. Mohamed showcased impeccable distance management, utilizing a variety of kicks before delivering a devastating southpaw straight that instantaneously turned off the lights for Panales. Despite the pre-fight controversy and animosity, both fighters and
BRAVE CF 71 Official Results
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