Jarrah Al-Selawe or Rodrigo Cavalheiro: Who is Brave CF Welterweight Champion Carlston Harris’s next challenger?

Carlston Harris, Thiago Vieira Damascena
Sao Jose dos Pinhais, PR, Brazil; 18/03/2017; BRAVE 3; Carlston Harris vs. Thiago Monster Midweight durante o Brave 3 no ginasio Max Rosenmann em Sao Jose dos Pinhais. Foto: Jason Silva / Divulgacao BRAVE

Reigning Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Champion Carlston “Mocambique” Harris, 30, of Brazil is back in training after recovering from an injury. Among the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion’s fighters expected to challenge the champion are Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 28, of Jordan and Rodrigo Cavalheiro, 35, of Brazil.

“Jarrah Al-Selawe is a well-rounded fighter but I can see weak points in his game plan,” Harris stated. “Meanwhile, Cavalheiro was supposed to fight me before I became a champion. I think with his two straight wins at Brave, he wants that chance to fight me, but Al-Selawe is next in line for a title shot.”

Born in Guyana but fighting out of Brazil, Harris became the inaugural Brave CF Welterweight Champion on August 12, 2017 by defeating Carl “The Bomber” Booth, 28, of England at “Brave 8: The Rise of the Champions.” Originally, Harris’s opponent was supposed to be Carlos “Carlão” Leal, 25, of Brazil but he was replaced by Cavalheiro, who was eventually replaced by Booth.

The fight against Booth was Harris’s most recent bout. After capturing the title, the Guyanese-Brazilian champ went on hiatus to give himself time to recover from his injury.

Currently, Harris has 12 wins and 3 losses while Al-Selawe has 12 wins and 2 losses and Cavalheiro has 23 wins and 7 losses. The three are all undefeated in Brave CF.

Including Harris, Brave CF currently has five reigning champions. The other four are Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 24, of France, Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar, 28, of Germany and Klidson de Abreu, 25, of Brazil, who are reigning in the promotion’s bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, respectively.

When Harris made his Brave CF debut at “Brave CF 3,” which took place in Parana, Brazil on March 18, 2017, he knocked out Thiago “Monstro” Vieira Damascena, 26, of Brazil. Watch their bout here:

Brave CF’s ‘Brave 14’ is Africa’s first international MMA event

'Brave 14' announcement

Headquartered in Muharraq, Bahrain, mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation is making history on August 18, 2018. Its 14th event titled “Brave 14” will take place in Tangier, Morocco making it the first ever international MMA event in Africa.

It appears that Brave CF is planning to conquer all the continents. After establishing its base in its home continent Asia, the promotion explored South America, North America and most recently Europe.

Brave CF was founded on September 23, 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 28, of the Bahraini royal family Al Khalifa. The promotion is headed by its president Mohammed “The Hawk” Shahid, 29, the KHK Sports CEO and the first fighter from Middle East to headline an international MMA event.

The first two events and the ninth event of Brave CF took place at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain. Its third, eighth and 11th events were all hosted in Brazil while its seventh event was held at the Caliente Casino in Tijuana, Mexico.

Aside from Bahrain, Brave CF’s previous Asian destinations include India in its fifth event, Kazakhstan in its sixth event, Jordan in its 10th event and Indonesia in its 12th event. Its first event in Europe took place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 9, 2018 in its 13th event.

There are still no details about the fight card for “Brave 14.” Among the expected fighters to be on the card are the promotion’s South African athletes J.P. Buys, 22, and Chad “Superman” Hanekom, 26.

“Brave 14” will be held under the patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco. Brave CF has secured extensive broadcast coverage in Africa through the partnership with StarSat and VodaCom before its entry into Africa.

Currently, Brave CF is broadcasting live on Abu Dhabi Sports, Combate, StarSat, VodaCom, Ran Fighting and Fite TV. The promotion aims to reach 140 countries by the end of 2018.

In the second half of 2018, Brave CF will host at least eight events. One of these is the 2018 Brave International Combat Week, which will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Tangier, Morocco was confirmed as the “Brave 14” venue on the 49th edition of “Brave News” on July 1, 2018. Here is the Brave CF president: