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Nkosi Ndebele Seeks New Challenger, Eyes Muhammad Idrisov for Next Fight

LockerRoom Team
08 June 2024

BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight champion Nkosi Ndebele is actively seeking his next opponent, and Muhammad Idrisov has emerged as a strong contender.

Nkosi, who recently defended his Bantamweight title in a historic trilogy bout against Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres at BRAVE CF 82 in Mauritius, took to Instagram to issue a challenge to potential opponents in the division. In the video, he showcased his world title and specifically called out Hamza Kooheji and Muhammad Idrisov, asking, "So, you all quiet now. Somebody say something. Who is next? Who is next?"

Muhammad Idrisov quickly responded, expressing his eagerness to fight later this year. "Right now, I like you. Let’s do it in October or November," Idrisov wrote while resharing Nkosi’s video.

Idrisov, who recently moved up from the Flyweight division, was scheduled to compete in the Bantamweight division at BRAVE CF 83 in the Netherlands. However, due to an opponent change, he fought at Catchweight against Zaka Fatullazade. Despite this adjustment, Idrisov delivered a dominant performance, securing a first-round submission victory. This win marked Idrisov's second consecutive victory, improving his professional MMA record to 9-1 and positioning him as a strong contender for the Bantamweight title.

Meanwhile, Hamza Kooheji has been sidelined since 2022 due to injury but has been using his recovery time to train the next generation of fighters.

Although Nkosi had previously expressed interest in challenging Featherweight champion Nemat Abdrashitov after his victory at BRAVE CF 82, he appears eager to remain active in the Bantamweight division until he gets the chance to become a double champion.

The exchange between Nkosi and Idrisov has sparked excitement in the BRAVE CF Bantamweight division, giving fans plenty to look forward to in the coming months.


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