BRAVE Combat Federation has solidified its position as a breeding ground for champions since its establishment in 2016. With 22 champions crowned in the past seven years, the promotion has not only discovered remarkable talents but also provided a global platform for hundreds of professional stars.
This month, at the much-anticipated 2023 Kombat Kingdom series, six promising debutants will seize the opportunity to make their mark in Riffa, Bahrain. Taking centre stage at BRAVE CF 71 on June 19 and BRAVE CF 72 on June 23, these newcomers will step into the BRAVE CF cage for the first time, aiming to follow in the footsteps of esteemed fighters like Khamzat Chimaev, Ilia Topuria, and Muhammad Mokaev.
Among the remarkable debutants is Zimbabwe's Nicholas Hwende, who will compete at BRAVE CF 71 against Russia's Velimurad Alkhasov in the Bantamweight division. Hwende, the reigning 135-pound champion of Africa, has dominated his competition on the continent, amassing an impressive professional record of 6-0. With notable wins over fighters such as Nkazimulo Zulu and Gian Souza, Hwende has demonstrated his ability to overcome seasoned veterans. Armed with exceptional striking, wrestling, and cardio, he aims to introduce himself to the world on the global stage of BRAVE CF and move closer to contender conversations.
Another debut to watch out for is Bahrain's own Ramazan Gitinov, the number one pound-for-pound amateur athlete in the world. Gitinov will face Morocco's rising star Abderrahman Errachidy in a Lightweight bout at BRAVE CF 71. With a legendary amateur career featuring an outstanding 31-2 record and a 30-fight win streak at the IMMAF World Championships earlier this year, Gitinov is primed to showcase his skills and become a dominant force in the professional ranks.
Omar Hussein, a former training partner of BRAVE CF Featherweight Izzedine Al-Derbani, aims to bounce back from recent setbacks in his mixed martial arts journey. Making his BRAVE CF debut at BRAVE CF 71, Hussein will take on Pakistan's Abbas Khan in a Super Lightweight bout. With an overall professional record of 9 wins and 4 losses, Hussein possesses exceptional durability, having never been knocked out. Armed with five stoppage victories, he aims to ignite the BRAVE CF Super Lightweight division with his electrifying style.
Rasul Magomedov, a two-time Heavyweight amateur world champion, will make his professional debut at BRAVE CF 72 against Egypt's Mohamed Hisham Baraka in a Light Heavyweight clash. Magomedov, hailing from Bahrain, gained recognition within the wrestling community when he defeated American wrestling legend Kyle Snyder in a freestyle match. Now transitioning to the professional leagues, Magomedov brings his unbeaten streak and determination to leave a mark on the professional stage.
Adding to the international database of talent, the Democratic Republic of Congo will witness its first BRAVE CF athlete, Eliezer Kubanza, compete at Kombat Kingdom. Making his promotional debut at BRAVE CF 72, Kubanza will face Algeria's Rayan Atmani in the Super Welterweight division. With an undefeated professional record of three wins, Kubanza's most notable victory came against the highly regarded Ramazan Gitinov via TKO at the IMMAF Africa Open Championships in 2017. Kubanza aims to make history in the BRAVE CF Super Welterweight division, contributing to the promotion's global MMA platform.
Turkey's Khamzat Maaev, who will make his BRAVE CF debut in a Super Lightweight bout against Lebanon's Elias Farah at BRAVE CF 71. Maaev has already captivated the hearts of MMA fans and garnered attention with his relentless prowess, securing three impressive stoppage victories, all achieved in the first round.
Not only does Maaev share similarities in name and origin with the global superstar Khamzat Chimaev, but his fighting abilities have also drawn comparisons. This resemblance has significantly elevated his status within BRAVE CF, especially considering how Chimaev has become a household name in the sport.
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