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.

Team Lakay’s Stephen Loman vs Bubba Jenkins as Brave CF’s 1st ever champ vs champ bout?

Brave Combat Federation is toying with the idea of having its first ever bout between two reigning champions. On May 29, 2019, the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion took to Instagram to post a photo pitting Bubba “Bad Man” Jenkins, 30, of the United States against Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines.

Reigning as the Brave CF Featherweight World Champion, Jenkins is looking to make history for the promotion as he aims a double title reign. He has set his eyes on Loman and has not been shy in pursuing the superfight.

Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Loman is the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight World Champion. Before Loman defended his belt successfully for the third time, Jenkins had already called out the Filipino hero and doubled down on his challenge recently.

After the Brave CF fans voiced their wishes for the fight to materialize on the promotion’s Instagram profile, Jenkins commented that he would be willing to step up. He asked the organization to “sign him up” and give him a time and a date for a superfight.

Jenkins became the Brave CF Featherweight World Champion by dominating Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France and Algeria in the co-main event of “Brave 16” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2018. The 2011 Division I All-American Champion used his world-class wrestling to stifled the French-Algerian fighter’s submission game en route to a unanimous decision victory and the fulfillment of his greatest dream, a world title in MMA.

Now, Jenkins wants a new belt and will look to derail Loman’s amazing title run. The Team Lakay fighter is undefeated under the Brave CF banner with five wins in as many bouts.

In Loman’s Brave CF debut, he defeated Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Ireland. The Filipino champ went on to grab the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight World Championship title against Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of Canada at “Brave 9” in 2017 and defended the throne twice in 2018 with a rematch against Mlambo and by outpointing world-class striker Felipe Efrain, 25, of Brazil.

Loman then passed his greatest test with flying colors by dominating and knocking out Boudegzdame, who went down a weight class to challenge for the bantamweight title. The Team Lakay fighter beat his French-Algerian challenger at “Brave 22” in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, here is a clip from the “Brave 22” bout between Loman and Boudegzdame:

Brave CF releases full ‘Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises’ fight videos

Jarrah Al-Selawe (©Brave Combat Federation)
Jarrah Al-Selawe (©Brave Combat Federation)

Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation recently made a historical comeback to Jordan with three title fights for “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” The Jordanian fans showed their support for MMA in a legendary night of fights.

Little more than a year ago, the Jordanian fans were introduced to the revolutionary vision of bringing the best fighters of the world together in one arena. On March 2, 2018, they were served to “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” took place in Amman, Jordan.

“Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” was the first taste of international MMA to the Jordanian audience, who embraced their idols in an unforgettable fight night. Now, the promotion is giving fans the chance to relive the amazing show by uploading the fight card to its YouTube channel.

The Brave CF fans and supporters, collectively known as the Brave Nation, will be able to revisit one of the organization’s best-ever shows, which featured the cream of the crop of its roster, who put on a show of submissions, knockouts and all-around incredible performances. The promotion’s debut in Jordanian soil was deemed a success as up and coming fighters and local heroes Jarrah Al-Selawe and Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady scored major victories in front of their fans.

Also, “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” had a number of submission victories with Nawras Abzakh’s finish of Abdul Hussein being voted as Brave CF’s Submission of the Year in 2018. Overall, the fight card featured 11 bouts with seven of those ending in finishes.

The main event saw former Brave CF Featherweight World Champion Elias Boudegzdame become the first Brave CF titleholder to defend his crown as he submitted Jakub Kowalewicz with a triangle choke. Relive the emotions of “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” by signing up to the promotion’s official YouTube channel:

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Brave CF’s first ever super lightweight title bout voted Fight of the Night at ‘Brave 23: Pride and Honor’

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

The co-main event of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” between Eldar Eldarov and Mounir Lazzez entered the history books for being the first-ever Super Lightweight world title fight in a truly global promotion. But the bout itself was also revered by critics and fans, as Eldarov’s decision victory over Lazzez earned Fight of the Night honors for last month’s groundbreaking event.

Brave Combat Federation’s social media profiles asked its followers which was the best bout from BRAVE 23: Pride and Honor, and Eldarov x Lazzez received the most votes, with thousands of followers choosing from a series of amazing fights that took place in the promotion’s much-anticipated return to Jordan.

The other nominees were the Lightweight world title fight which Luan “Miau” Santiago won against former champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady; Hashem Arkhagha’s victorious return to MMA competition against Jeremy Smith; and Khamzat Chimaev’s landmark win over Ikram Aliskerov.

The fight took both athletes to their physical limits, as Eldarov’s wrestling took the lead in the first three rounds, but Mounir Lazzez hung on. In the fourth, the Tunisian striker started to land heavy punches, and the fifth frame saw both fighters have their moments.

The three judges gave the fight to Eldarov, handing him the first-ever Super Lightweight world title. However, both fighters have expressed a desire for a rematch, with Mounir Lazzez leaving the rivalry to one side to congratulate Eldar for the win.