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BRAVE CF announces nominees for Breakout Fighter of The Year award

LockerRoom Team
08 January 2023

Many stars had "coming out parties" in 2022, demonstrating that the BRAVE Combat Federation's future is secure. Several athletes have demonstrated that they are the BRAVE CF stars of the future.

For the BRAVE CF 2022 Breakout Fighter of the Year award, Murtaza Talha, Maysara Mohammed, Issa Isakov, Axel Sola, and Nkosi Ndebele have each done enough to earn their nominations.

Murtaza Talha, a former amateur world champion from Bahrain, successfully transitioned from the amateur ranks to the professional leagues. With two swift round-one submission victories against Mikheil Sazhiniani and Kirill Khomitsky at BRAVE CF 57 and 62, respectively, he continued his upward trajectory in 2022.

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Egypt's Maysara Mohammed, a flyweight, caught the attention of the BRAVE CF brain trust early in 2022 with a devastating knockout victory over Mohammad Farhad in March of the previous year. He then fought to a hard-fought draw against Frieh Harahsheh at BRAVE CF 65 in October of that same year, a fight he would have won but for a point deduction.

Belgian fighter Issa Isakov, who has three victories up to 165 pounds, has won the hearts of BRAVE Nation supporters after recording a three-fight winning streak in 2022 (two by KO/TKO and one by unanimous decision). He also joined former rival Ahmed Labban as the record-holders for most Super Lightweight victories.

As the top amateur fighter in the world, pound-for-pound, Axel Sola has continued his transition into the professional ranks, leaving everyone in the BRAVE CF Welterweight, Super Lightweight, and Lightweight divisions on the edge of their seats heading into 2023 with two unanimous decision victories and one TKO win.

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Following a successful 2022 campaign in which he defeated opponents Eduardo Mora of Colombia and Fajar of Indonesia via unanimous decision and KO/TKO at BRAVE CF 60 and 66, respectively, South Africa's Nkosi Ndebele is well on his way to a Bantamweight title battle in 2023.


  • Murtaza Talha (Bahrain)
  • Maysara Mohammed (Egypt)
  • Issa Isakov (Belgium)
  • Axel Sola (France)
  • Nkosi Ndebele (South Africa)

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