BRAVE CF 71 and 72 witnessed the emergence of new talents, fresh challengers, and a newly crowned champion. Kombat Kingdom in Riffa, Bahrain, captivated the world as international athletes gathered to compete on the global stage of MMA and pursue greatness with the prestigious organization, BRAVE Combat Federation. Among the notable highlights was the arrival of Khamzat Maaev, a Turkish fighter born in Chechnya, who demonstrated his immense potential and justified the comparisons to his almost-namesake Khamzat Chimaev.
In a devastating display, Maaev dispatched Elias Farah in just 41 seconds, instantly becoming a viral sensation and raising the bar of expectations for his future fights. He boldly declared his desire to surpass his idol, Chimaev, and strive for even greater achievements.
Nemat Abdrashitov impresses
The most memorable moment of this exhilarating fight week was the crowning of a new BRAVE CF Featherweight champion. Nemat Abdrashitov from Kyrgyzstan exhibited unwavering determination as he outlasted the former champion, Roman Bogatov from Russia, through a dominant unanimous decision victory (50-45, 49-46, 48-47). Abdrashitov etched his name in history as the fourth 145-pound champion in BRAVE CF, and his next challenge awaits in the form of Ukraine's Omar Solomanov, who secured his spot as the top contender in the division after defeating Ilyar Askhanov at BRAVE CF 71.
Solomanov showcased his threat in the Featherweight division by dictating the pace and employing relentless pressure wrestling and riding techniques throughout his three-round battle against Askhanov. His efforts paid off with a well-deserved unanimous decision victory in the main event of BRAVE CF 71.
Velimurad Alkhasov continues good run
Velimurad Alkhasov, a current Flyweight tournament contender from Russia, made a significant impact by moving up to the Bantamweight division and securing a hard-fought unanimous decision win over African Bantamweight champion Nicholas Hwende. Alkhasov's victory propels him closer to the Bantamweight throne, and he may potentially compete for a title shot against either Jose Torres or Nkosi Ndebele, who will face off for the vacant Bantamweight championship at BRAVE CF 73 on August 12.
Mahmoud Sebie make a statement
Mahmoud Sebie, competing in the Super Lightweight division and a former Olympian, extended his unbeaten streak in BRAVE CF with a commanding first-round stoppage victory over Tunisia's Ouessama Zeidi. Following his triumph, the Egyptian fighter called out his friend and fellow Super Lightweight Joilton Lutterbach for an interim title fight, while the current champion Eldar Eldarov recuperates from an injury.
In the Flyweight division, Maysara Mohamed of Egypt displayed exceptional skill and overwhelmed Ruel Panales from the Philippines with his explosive striking, resulting in a first-round knockout. Mohamed remains undefeated in eight fights and has positioned himself as a contender for the 125-pound title.
The inaugural installment of the Kombat Kingdom series also marked the introduction of new talents to the BRAVE CF cage. Notably, Ramazan Gitinov, hailed as the greatest amateur athlete, made his BRAVE CF debut and quickly submitted Morocco's Abderrahman Errachidy via a D'Arce choke in the first round, extending his remarkable win streak (amateur and pro) to 32 victories.
At BRAVE CF 72, Abdrashitov received the perfect buildup to his title triumph as his fellow competitors on the card delivered remarkable performances. Georgia's Bidzina Gavashelishvili, making his debut, overwhelmed Magomed Idrisov from Bahrain with his relentless takedowns and superior wrestling skills, establishing himself as a formidable threat to other BRAVE CF Flyweights in the future.
With BRAVE CF heading to Nantes, France, for the first time in September, Yanis Ghemmouri ensured his spot on the card with a spectacular second-round TKO victory over Pakistan's Mehmosh Raza, showcasing his versatility by moving from Bantamweight to Featherweight. Ghemmouri's win, marking his ninth consecutive victory, solidifies his position as a contender in the division.
The Light Heavyweight division also witnessed the rise of a promising star as former IMMAF Heavyweight champion and BRAVE CF debutant Rasul Magomedov dispatched his Egyptian opponent Mohamed Hisham Baraka with a first-round TKO, introducing himself as the next big sensation of BRAVE Combat Federation.
BRAVE CF will return on August 12 for BRAVE CF 73, taking place in Bogota, Colombia, as part of the BRAVE Pan-American Combat Week. The main event will feature American IMMAF legend Jose Torres against South Africa's Nkosi Ndebele, as they vie for the vacant Bantamweight world title.