Bahrain’s top MMA ranking celebrated by Europe, IMMAF-WMMAA

Eldar Eldarov, Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa (©Brave Combat Federation)
Eldar Eldarov, Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa (©Brave Combat Federation)

Bahrain started 2019 phenomenally as the country progressed through to the first place of the mixed martial arts ranking after victorious campaigns at the Asian and African Open Championships. It is the first time the country has topped the list after only four years of the official beginning of a MMA program led by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The groundbreaking achievement did not go unnoticed at the ongoing European Championships, which are being held in Rome, Italy. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAF-WMMAA) and national federations celebrated Bahrain’s topping of the world rankings and honored the efforts of the Bahrain MMA Federation and Al Khalifa.

Based in Bahrain, the MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation was founded by Al Khalifa. He was with reigning Brave CF Super Lightweight World Champion Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, of Russia and Bahrain at the Asian and African Open Championships.

A message of congratulations to Team Bahrain was put out on the big screen during all matches. Members of the squad were individually congratulated by their opposite fighters, coaches and directors of the IMMAF-WMMAA.

On the second day of competitions that included Team Bahrain, six of the country’s competitors kept their medal hopes alive. Magomed Idrisov, Abdulmanap Magomedov, Shamil Gaziev, Murad Guseinov, Abdulla Alyaqoob and Ramazan Gitinov each picked up crucial wins in Rome.

Bahrain wins 5 five senior golds, 1 junior gold at IMMAF-WMMAA European Open

Eldar Eldarov (1st from Left), Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa (2nd from Right) [©Brave Combat Federation]
Eldar Eldarov (1st from Left), Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa (2nd from Right) [©Brave Combat Federation]
Team Bahrain made history once again. After rising up to the number one spot in the world mixed martial arts rankings, the squad put on a collective performance for the ages, winning five senior golds and one junior gold at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAF-WMMAA) European Open.

The IMMAF-WMMAA European Open concluded on June 22, 2019 with Bahrain topping the table for most gold medals, alongside Russia, which had more silver medals. The squad counted on the presence of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, whose continued efforts made the achievements possible.

At the beginning of last day, the tournament was up for grabs but Bahrain made sure to make a run at the top. The country won all of the five finals that the squad were involved, topped by an incredible first-round knockout by Pasha Kharkhachev, who is the reigning world champion at super heavyweight and new European champion in this weight class.

At heavyweight, Shamil Gaziev was also dominant. He overwhelmed Gadzhimurad Bagaudinov of Russia en route to a second-round technical knockout after ground and pound strikes from mount position.

Bantamweight Magomed Idrisov of Bahrain came out victorious against Alvaro Ucendo of Spain. Featherweight Abdulmanap Magomedov of Bahrain beat Artem Afanasenko of Ukraine to claim the gold medal in their respective weight class.

Finally, Ramazan Gitinov of Bahrain went the distance but overwhelmed Evgeny Morozov of Russia to win the welterweight gold medal by unanimous decision. The historic result means Team Bahrain holds on the hard-earned top spot at the world rankings.

Team Bahrain looks forward to more success at home when the entire world of MMA will meet in November 2019 for the World Championships in Isa Town, Bahrain during the International Combat Week 2019.

Bahrain reaches new heights at IMMAF-WMMAA Asian MMA Open in Thailand

Eldar Eldarov, Pasha Kharkhachaev, Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (©Brave Combat Federation)
Eldar Eldarov, Pasha Kharkhachaev, Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (©Brave Combat Federation)

Team Bahrain made history at the IMMAF-WMMAA Asian Open, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand on May 2-4, 2019. The delegation achieved a new high of 13 medals, with five golds, one silver and seven bronzes.

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee, was on sight with Team Bahrain, as he helped with the preparation of the local fighters as they faced the cream of the crop of Asian MMA. His Highness congratulated His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, and HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa on this unprecedented achievement.

HH Shaikh Khalid expressed pride at this unique result scored by Bahrain’s national MMA team at the Asian level, attributing it to the support and sponsorship extended to this sport by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the follow up of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

“This extraordinary accomplishment cements our efforts to achieve the vision we have drawn up for the Bahraini MMA sport at the continental and international levels. This achievement hasn’t come out of the blue, it arrived thanks to the efforts we exerted to this point,” he said.

Aside from that, His Highness Sheikh Khalid also praised the individual performances by Bahraini fighters, which led to the amazing return of 13 medals at the Asian level, cementing Bahrain as a world force in the MMA scenario.

“We are looking forward to similar achievements in the MMA sport, especially in the 6th Amateur MMA World Championships,” he said, paying special attention to the efforts of Bahrain MMA Federation under the chairmanship of HE Mr. Khalid Abdulaziz Al Khayyat.

List of Bahraini medalists:

Strawweight:

  • Bronze – Isa Aldoy

Flyweight:

  • Gold – Mansur Magomedov
  • Bronze – Mohammed Almuamari

Bantamweight:

  • Bronze – Magomed Idrisov, Ali Yaqoob

Lightweight:

  • Gold – Shamil Gimbatov
  • Bronze – Yousif Sayyar

Welterweight:

  • Bronze – Abbas Khan

Middleweight:

  • Silver – Ramazan Gitinov
  • Bronze – Abdulrahman Alhasan

Light Heavyweight:

  • Gold – Magomed Gadzhiiasulov

Heavyweight:

  • Gold – Shamil Gaziev

Super Heavyweight:

  • Gold – Pasha Kharkhachaev

Sheikh Khalid in Thailand to support Team Bahrain at Asian MMA Games

Team Bahrain at Asian MMA Games
Team Bahrain at Asian MMA Games

His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain has once again proved his commitment to the sport of mixed martial arts on a global level. Founder of Brave Combat Federation, the fastest-growing MMA promotion in the world, Sheikh Khalid has landed in Thailand to support his fellow Bahraini fighters at the 2nd Asian Amateur MMA Championship, organized by the IMMAF (International MMA Federation), which takes place between May 2nd and May 4th.

His Highness Sheikh Khalid, who’s also the President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, was greeted by the Bahraini diplomatic mission in Thailand and stressed that the Bahraini participation in the event comes as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bolster its ties and collaboration with the IMMAF. The intention is to develop the sport at a continental level, adding that Bahrain has taken several steps to ensure the spread of this sport around the world.

“We have drawn up a strategy for our sport to allow it to conquer international arenas. It has proved successful to this point by allowing our national fighters to compete in international and continental events to upgrade their capabilities and abilities.”

His Highness also highlighted the pivotal role played by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the extraordinary efforts of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa in promoting mixed martial arts and supporting the Bahraini national team to achieve relevant results on a global scale.

It’s worth noting that Bahrain has raised its level in the continental and global scene at a grassroots level, attaining medals in international amateur competition and becoming a force to be reckoned with at all levels. For this year’s Asian Championship, the Kingdom of Bahrain will have 16 representatives out of 79 competitors across all weight classes.