Abdoul Abdouraguimov shares prediction for ‘Brave 27’ rematch with Jarrah Al-Selawe in Abu Dhabi, UAE

'Brave 27' poster

Reigning Brave Combat Federation Welterweight World Champion Abdoul “The Conqueror” Abdouraguimov, 23, of France is a man on a mission. The French-Russian Grappling phenom has promised to erase any doubts remaining with regards to him being a superior fighter to his first challenger  Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan.

Abdouraguimov and Al-Selawe will have their rematch at “Brave 27” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 4, 2019. It will be the main event of the evening.

On April 19, 2019, Abdouraguimov challenged the reigning Brave CF Welterweight World Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan “Brave 23” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. Their bout was an instant classic, with the French-Russian challenger dominating early on before being on the brink of a stoppage defeat in the later rounds.

After five five-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the judges felt Abdouraguimov had done enough in the first frames to become the Brave CF Welterweight World Champion.

The decision did not go down well with the Jordanian fans and with Al-Selawe, who has campaigned for another go at the new champ during the last few months.  Abdouraguimov has granted an immediate rematch to the former champion and guaranteed the fight will end quickly.

“My wishes for the rematch are basically to erase any doubt and silence everyone who thinks I don’t deserve this belt,” Abdouraguimov stated. “This fight will end quickly. Fans will see this fight as a killer. The last fight I took it too lightly.”

The French-Russian powerhouse is still undefeated as a professional and has enjoyed three victories in Brave CF. Known for his grappling credentials, he has won several titles at national and continental level in the jiu-jitsu circuit and is excited to showcase his moves in Abu Dhabi, a historic city for Brazilian jiu-jitsu and combat sports in general.

“I thought it would be easy and it was but not as much as I thought,” the undefeated French-Russian mixed martial artist said. “So for this one, everyone will see me hungrier than ever for victory.”

Watch the teaser trailer for “Brave 27” here:

Brave CF announces full ‘Brave 27’ fight card; Abdoul Abdouraguimov vs Jarrah Al-Selawe rematch to happen in Abu Dhabi, UAE

'Brave 27' fight card

Brave Combat Federation will come back to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the third time. The Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion has released the full card for “Brave 27,” which will take place on October 4, 2019 at the Mubadala Arena in the capital of the UAE.

The fight card is set to send shockwaves through the Arab MMA world, as the promotion focuses once again on the development of local talent, by giving them a global platform and international opponents of the highest caliber.

The show will be headlined by an immediate rematch between reigning Welterweight world champion Abdoul Abdouraguimov and former titleholder Jarrah Al-Selawe. The two met in the main event of BRAVE CF 23, in Jordan, when Abdoul ended up beating Al-Selawe by the slightest of margins, in a split decision that was contested by Brave CF fans, who demanded an immediate rematch.

In the co-main event, another rematch of epic proportions will take place, as surging Lightweights Anas Siraj Mounir and Alex Martínez run it back after their “Brave 23” bout only lasted a few seconds after Alex connected with a low blow and the fight had to be stopped.

Meanwhile, the biggest prospect in MMA returns to Middleweight in search of his first title shot. Khamzat Chimaev takes on internet sensation Mzwandile Hlongwa in the main card, as there are also returns for fan favorites Mohammad Fakhreddine, who battles Ikram Aliskerov in a Middleweight contest, and Tarek Suleiman, who takes on Rustam Chsiev, in a battle of top grapplers.

Check the details of the full “Brave 27” fight card on Conan Daily

2019 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships to be held at Khalifa Sport City Stadium in Isa Town, Bahrain

2019 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association World Amateur MMA Championships will return to Bahrain as part of Brave International Combat Week from November 11-16, 2019. This will be the third consecutive year the combat sports event is taking place in the country.

Hosted by the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation under the Bahrain Olympic Committee, the IMMAF’s 2019 Senior and Junior World Championship tournaments will take place at the Khalifa Sport City Stadium in Isa Town, Bahrain. Commencing on November 10, 2019 with the Tournament Draw and Opening Ceremony, the competitions will play out from November 11-14, 2019.

The finals will be on November 16, 2019. Prior to this, Bahraini MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation will host a professional MMA night on November 15, 2019 at the Khalifa Sport City Stadium.

In 2018, the IMMAF-WMMAA World Amateur MMA Championships featured 285 athletes from 51 competing nations. The unification of international governing bodies WMMAA and IMMAF saw a shake-up of the World Amateur MMA Rankings as Team Russia ascended to top nation.

Continued growth and global expansion by IMMAF through 2019 foretells record-breaking numbers at this year’s crown event. IMMAF president Kerrith Brown thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Khalifa, the Youth and Sports Minister and national Olympic Committee President in Bahrain, for this work as “the driving force behind the development of MMA in the region.”

“We look forward to working again with the Bahrain MMA Federation and BRAVE to deliver another incomparable World Championship event for our athletes,” Brown stated. “Bahrain has exceeded expectations for two years running and I urge MMA amateurs to apply for the opportunity to participate in this extraordinary, world-class, sporting experience.”

MMA amateurs wishing to participate should contact their national IMMAF or WMMAA affiliated national federation for information. Meanwhile, here is a clip from IMMAF-WMMAA:

Jordan is Brave CF champ Luan Santiago’s third home after Brazil and Bahrain

Luan Santiago (©Brave Combat Federation)
Luan Santiago (©Brave Combat Federation)

Brazilian mixed martial arts star Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, is back. In his home country, the reigning Brave Combat Federation Lightweight World Champion will defend his title against his countryman Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33,

Santiago has fought around the world thanks to the Bahrain-based MMA promotion and his experience in the last few fights can be a difference maker at “Brave 25.” On April 19, 2019, he dethroned then reigning Brave CF Lightweight Champion Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

As one of Jordanian MMA heroes, Al-Selwady is a young man who needs no introduction when it comes to MMA in the Middle East. One of the top stars of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” he came into the Brave CF arena to a chorus of cheers while his Brazilian challenger was welcomed with boos and menacing chants.

Unfazed, Santiago put on the performance of a lifetime as he avoided all the main strikes from the then-champion while connecting at will. Then out of nowhere, the Brazilian challenger threw the strike heard around the world and with a quick motion of his hips and the perfect placement of his elbow, he knocked out the Jordanian defending champion.

As Carlos Kremer announced Santiago’s name as the new Brave CF Lightweight World Champion, the Brazilian MMA star fell to his knees, crying in disbelief. He paid tribute to the crowd that was cheering against him seconds before.

“Jordan is my third home after Brazil and Bahrain,” Santiago said. “I want to thank you all for the support and I hope to fight here again but this time with this amazing and beautiful crowd behind me.”

Luan Santiago (©Brave Combat Federation)
Luan Santiago (©Brave Combat Federation)

It was the realization of a dream years in the making. From the poor upbringing in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to the injury in his first title fight for Brave CF and from the bullying he suffered as a child and the need to be protected by his sister to the disagreements with his family, most of which did not want him to be a fighter, Santiago is now an MMA hero.

From Salvador, Santiago move to Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil where he went with a pocket full of dreams but empty of money. Hard work brought him to the riches of international fights and title belts.

Having gone through it all, Santiago did not forget where he came from. Since becoming a world champion, he has transformed into one of the biggest personalities of the fight game in Brazil and wherever he goes now in Curitiba, he is treated a VIP.

In Curitiba, Santiago trains under famed trainer and fellow Brave CF fighter Cristiano Marcello in CM System Academy.

Aside from MMA, Santiago has developed a liking for public speaking. He is blossoming into one of the leaders of the talent-rich CM System Academy and is gearing up for a comeback to defend his title.

On August 30, 2019, Santiago and Silva will headline “Brave 25,” which will take place in the challenger’s hometown Belo Horizonte. The fight will not be exactly at home for the defending champion as will once again fight in enemy territory instead of his native Salvador or his adopted home of Curitiba.

Revered in Belo Horizonte as one of its best fighters, Silva will have his family, friends and fans, who will look to create a heavy and uncomfortable atmosphere for Santiago. But the defending champion is ready to prove himself in front of a hostile crowd again.

Meanwhile, here is Santiago’s post-fight interview when he was crowned as the Brave CF Lightweight World Champion: