Brazil’s Luan Santiago: Bahrain, Jordan are my 2nd, 3rd homes

Kirik Jenness, Luan Santiago, João Vitor Xavier (© Brave Combat Federation)
Kirik Jenness, Luan Santiago, João Vitor Xavier (© Brave Combat Federation)

Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, was one of the three new Brave Combat Federation champions crowned at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019. Fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, he became the new lightweight champion of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.

“I always say that Bahrain is my second home and now I think I have a third home,” Santiago in his post-fight cage interview with Kirik Jenness through João Vitor Xavier as the translator. “From the moment I stepped in Jordan, everyone has been so nice and welcoming and I’ve been blown away by the support you guys give your fighters. I would like to fight here one day again but this time, I will want you all behind me!”.

Santiago fulfilled his promise to become the new Brave CF Lightweight World Champion with a stunning first-round knockout of former titleholder Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, of Jordan at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” He made true on his prediction to finish the bout in the first  4 minutes by knocking out the defending champion with a vicious spinning elbow that went viral on social media.

It only took the Santiago 2 minutes and 54 seconds to snatch the belt from the hometown favorite. After the bout, the Brazilian challenger expressed his admiration for his fallen foe and talked about the great experience he had in Jordan, which received some applause from the disappointed crowd.

“This fight, I tried to not do so much trash talking as I normally do due to the fact that I consider Al-Selwady to be a great competitor,” Santiago said. “It was the first time that I fought someone with such immense support. Practically all of Jordan supports him.”

“I’d like everyone to give him a round of applause,” the new Brave CF Lightweight World Champion continued. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. He’s done a great job with Brave.”

Moreover, Santiago praised the Jordanian fans for their support for MMA. He now has 4 wins and 1 loss in Brave CF with the only loss coming from his fellow Brazilian fighter Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 30, on April 13, 2018 at “Brave 11” in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They were fighting for the Interim Brave CF Lightweight Championship title.

At the time, Santiago was winning the fight on the judges’ scorecards. However, Martins scored a late takedown and his opponent ended up injuring his elbow and losing the bout and the belt.

Meanwhile, here is Santiago and his crowning as the new Brave CF Lightweight World Champion:

KHK MMA’s Eldar Eldarov brings pride and honor to Bahrain with 1st Brave CF world title

Eldar Eldarov, Mounir Lazzez (© Brave Combat Federation)
Eldar Eldarov, Mounir Lazzez (© Brave Combat Federation)

Brave Combat Federation’s new Super Lightweight champion Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, flew the flag of Bahrain to the highest place on April 19, 2019. Fighting out of KHK MMA in Manama, Bahrain, he took a unanimous decision victory over Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia  in the co-main event of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

Eldarov made history for Bahrain by becoming the first-ever world champion from the Kingdom as he wrote his name in one of mixed martial arts’ most iconic moments. As he had the belt wrapped around his waist by Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid, the Bahrain-based Russian MMA fighter became the first-ever world champion at the newly formed division.

The new weight class was approved by several commissions around the world. However, Brave CF has been the only truly global promotion to install the weight class, providing fighters with more options to fight at their optimal body weight.

For Eldarov, the victory and the world title were also the culmination of a life-long ambition of holding a martial arts world title. He was silver medalist in the Combat Sambo World Championships but now has mixed martial arts gold wrapped around his waist.

“We made history together,” Eldarov stated after his fight against Lazzez at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” “Since I was a little kid, training, and grinding away, I’ve envisioned this moment. I’ve always wanted to be a martial arts world champion.”

“I was very close to achieving that in combat sambo but I lost in the finals,” the KHK MMA athlete continued. “Now, I fulfill that vision. Thank you to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for this honor.”

Aside from representing Bahrain inside the Brave CF arena, Eldarov also coaches the KHK MMA professional team as well as Bahrain’s national amateur MMA team. Here is a clip featuring the newly crowned Brave CF Super Lightweight World Champion:

Bahrain vs Tunisia: Eldar Eldarov, Mounir Lazzez fight at ‘Brave 23: Pride and Honor’ in Jordan

Eldar Eldarov, Mounir Lazzez

Bahrain and Tunisia were among the 16 countries represented at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019. It was the second Brave Combat Federation event to take place in the country.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, which included three title bouts, “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” took place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. In the second co-main event, Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia and Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, of Bahrain competed for the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Championship title.

Lazzez was the only fighter who represented Tunisia at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” while Eldarov solely represented Bahrain. Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and Wales were also represented.

Blue Corner

Lazzez made his successful professional MMA debut in 2012. He joined Brave CF in 2018.

“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marked Lazzez’s second Brave CF bout. He previously competed in Dubai Fight Championship, Desert Force MMA and Phoenix Fighting Championship.

Red Corner

Eldarov made his successful professional MMA debut in 2009 and in the same year, he suffered his first and only loss in the hands of his childhood friend, now reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia.

Originally from Dagestan, Eldarov is training out of KHK MMA in Bahrain. “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marked his fourth Brave CF bout.

Fight Result

The championship bout between Eldarov and Lazzez was the 11th bout of the evening.

After five five-minute rounds, the championship bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Eldarov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

The first and second judges scored the bout 50-45. The third judge scored it 49-46.

Winning at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” improved Eldarov’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Lazzez now has 7 wins and 1 loss.

“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” Main Event

Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, challenged reigning Brave CF Welterweight Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan in the main event. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

Brave CF athlete Eldar Eldarov from Russia to Bahrain

Eldar Eldarov (© Brave Combat Federation)
Eldar Eldarov (© Brave Combat Federation)

Hailing from Dagestan, Russia, mixed martial artist Russia, Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, moved to Bahrain in 2015. He was invited by his friend and fellow Brave Combat Federation fighter Hamza “The Pride of Bahrain” Kooheji, 26, of Bahrain.

Kooheji was training for the biggest fight of his career up to that point so he invited Eldarov to help him in Bahrain. After the victory of the Bahraini fighter in a historically significant bout for the sport in Bahrain, the Dagestani fighter ended up moving permanently.

Eldarov quickly adapted to his new surroundings, made lifelong friends and started to coach the Bahraini amateur team. When His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s vision to build KHK MMA, a world-class MMA team, came to fruition, the Dagestani fighter was called up to help the gym achieve its goals.

Between coaching commitments, Eldarov also forged one of the best MMA records in Brave CF, winning all of his three previous bouts in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion. His fourth bout in the promotion will be one of the two co-main events of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” which will take place at the Al-Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019.

At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Eldarov will face undefeated fighter Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia. They will compete for the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Championship title.

To prepare for “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Eldarov will briefly take a step back as a coach to focus on making history. If he beats Lazzez at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” the Dagestani fighter will become the first fighter to claim a world championship for Bahrain.

Primarily known as a wrestler, Eldarov has made visible improvements in his overall MMA game, adding specific trainers for boxing and Muay Thai as well as wushu world champions as sparring partners, showing he is not underestimating Lazzez’s powerful striking.

The general feeling in Eldarov’s coaching team is that he is ready to surprise Lazzez should the fight remain standing. The Dagestani fighter himself is confident that he could be the first man to knock out the undefeated Tunisian fighter.

Brave CF has been at the forefront of positive changes in the sport of MMA and recently opened up the super lightweight division, which was created to give fighters more options to fight at their optimal weight. It offered Eldarov the chance to write his name and Bahrain’s into MMA history.

Here is a clip featuring Eldarov and Lazzez: