Prior to his BRAVE CF 65 Bantamweight matchup with Jose "Shorty" Torres this weekend, Izzedine Al-Derbani raised the stakes. The Jordanian was brutally honest about his sentiments toward his co-main event rival in the third and final leg of the BRAVE CF Kombat Kingdom series on the media day for BRAVE CF.
“I am sorry, Shorty, you’re an easy fight for me. I know Torres is a tough guy, a good fighter. I liked watching the fight between him and Amir Albazi at BRAVE CF 23. But I don’t know about his power’’, said the Arab superstar.
Out of his six stoppages, Torres has four knockout or technical knockout victories. A tie against fellow countryman Sean Santella at BRAVE CF 42 gives the fifth-ranked BRAVE CF Flyweight, who moves up a level, his only loss in the organisation. Al-Derbani, however, is unconcerned about his opponent's background and claims he accepted the fight without even giving it a second thought.
‘“My manager asked me ‘do you know who Shorty is?’ I said ‘yes, I know this guy’. He then asked me if I wanted to fight with him … I didn't even look at his fight footage or anything, all I said was ‘send me the contract, bro, I will sign’. “At the end of the day, Shorty wants to fight with me, so I am happy to do the fight with him. “Don’t get me wrong, he has a good level, but my level is much higher than his’’.
Al-Derbani is making his first professional weight cut to bantamweight because he views his signing with BRAVE CF as a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
‘’I have always fought at Lightweight and Featherweight. To me, only a huge opportunity would make me cut down to Bantamweight. I was saving myself for it. And now it’s here. Signing with BRAVE CF has been the huge opportunity I’ve been waiting for, and now the cut is worth it’’.
The epic nine-day Kombat Kingdom MMA Jamboree comes to an end with BRAVE CF 65 this Friday, October 28th, following the success of BRAVE CF 63 and 64. Visit www.bravecf.com for more details on BRAVE CF's Kombat Kingdom series.