Palestinian MMA fighter Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady: See you all at the top

Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady  (© Brave Combat Federation)
Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady (© Brave Combat Federation)

Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 24, of Jordan has a long career ahead of him. The former Brave Combat Federation Lightweight World Champion lost his title in a dramatic fashion at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019 at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.

At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Al-Selwady was knocked out by Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24,  of Brazil in the first round. The dethroned champion’s first setback inside the Brave CF Arena has not stopped his quest to affirm himself as a legend of the sport.

Al-Selwady is on the mend from injuries sustained in the fight with Santiago. Still, the Palestinian mixed martial artist has kept busy with light training in Jordan and vowed to come back stronger and better than before.

“The road to success is very bumpy, filled with many ups and down,” Al-Selwady stated. “The most important part for me is the final result. This small setback I’m fighting through now is just a motivation for me to come back stronger and better than before.”

“I am already learning so much about myself I did not know,” the Palestinian MMA fighter continued. “See you all at the top.”

The loss to Santiago snapped a six-fight win streak for Al-Selwady with five of those coming under the Brave CF banner. The Palestinian MMA fighter was victorious in the first ever event of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion on September 23, 2016 when he submitted Rami “Raminator” Aziz, 27, of Iraq and Sweden at “Brave 1: The Beginning” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain.

After beating Aziz, Al-Selwady won three more bouts to earn a title shot. On April 13, 2018, he became the Brave CF Lightweight World Champion by dethroning Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 30, of Brazil at “Brave 11” in Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Currently, Al-Selwady holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Meanwhile, here is a clip of the Palestinian MMA fighter enjoying horseback riding in the mountains of his village Selwad, Palestine:

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:

Jordan vs France: Jarrah Al-Selawe, Abdoul Abdouraguimov fight at ‘Brave 23: Pride and Honor’ in Amman

Jarrah Al-Selawe, Mohammed Shahid, Abdoul Abdouraguimov (© Brave Combat Federation)
Jarrah Al-Selawe, Mohammed Shahid, Abdoul Abdouraguimov (© Brave Combat Federation)

Jordan and France 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 main event of the evening, Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, of France challenged reigning Brave CF Welterweight Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan.

Al-Selawe was one of the five hometown heroes at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” while Abdouraguimov solely represented France. Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia, the United States and Wales were also represented.

Blue Corner

Abdouraguimov made his successful professional MMA debut in 2016. He joined Brave CF in 2018.

“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marked Abdouraguimov’s third Brave CF bout. He previously competed in 100% Fight and European Beatdown, among others.

Red Corner

Al-Selawe made his successful professional MMA debut in 2013. He joined Brave CF in 2016.

“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marked Al-Selawe’s seventh Brave CF bout. He previously competed in Cage Warriors Fighting Championship and Desert Force MMA.

Fight Result

The championship bout between Al-Selawe and Abdouraguimov went full five five-minute rounds. It was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, the referee raised the hand of Abdouraguimov. The French-Russian challenger was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” improved Abdouraguimov’s professional MMA record to 10 wins, 0 loss, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Al-Selawe now has 13 wins and 3 losses.

“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” Co-Main Events

Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Brazil challenged Brave CF Lightweight Champion Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, in the first co-main event. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia and Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, of Bahrain competed for the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Championship title in the second co-main event. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Check all the official results on Conan Daily.