TV5 president Chot Reyes: Brave Combat Federation partnership will help promote Filipino warriors

Lloyd Manaloto, Mohammed Shahid, Chot Reyes
Lloyd Manaloto, Mohammed Shahid, Chot Reyes

A little less than a month before the official start to its 2019 fight calendar, Brave Combat Federation has announced a deal with TV5. The partnership will start with the broadcast of Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, which Filipino fans will now be able to watch it live in the biggest sports channel in the country. Both parties are excited about this deal’s potential as they announced details and talked about it in a press conference held this week in Manila.

Vincent “Chot” Reyes, TV5 president who has a long association with sports having coached the Filipino basketball national team to historic results, was appreciative of the opportunity that Brave provides to local athletes and agreed that people in the Philippines deserve to get to know more of its Brave stars, such as Stephen Loman, Jeremy Pacatiw, Harold Banario, among others.

“As you all know, ESPN5 is the biggest sports channel in the Philippines. And that’s not just down to trying to beat everyone else, but it is also to look and promote hidden gems of Filipino sports. This partnership with Brave is meant to promote our warriors, and on March 15th, everyone here will have the chance to watch live the likes of Stephen Loman. We’re very proud to be partnering with Brave and proud in our role in developing sports all over the world and with Filipino athletes”.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shahid, Brave president, talked about the opportunity that this deal provides for Brave local fighters to be recognized in their own country, and praised the Filipino warriors for their willingness to defend their flag around the world as they have done in the past.

“A lot of promotions use their local stars only when they go to their backyard. We don’t. We make sure to make this a global event, and these Filipino warriors have defended their flag all over the world. Stephen Loman has faced and beaten tough fighters from Brazil, Ireland, and India. Jeremy Pacatiw has beaten a Brazilian prospect in Brazil. People ask me why they’re not known here, but they will be now. They are known all over the world and will now have the chance to be known here”.

Brave 22 is set to take place at the iconic Mall of Asia Arena, on March 15th. In the main event of the evening, Filipino hero Stephen Loman defends his Bantamweight crown against Elias Boudegzdame, while American standout Jose Torres makes his promotional debut against undefeated Amir Albazi.

Mohammed Shahid: Philippines is a no-brainer destination for Brave CF

Mohammed Shahid, Alfonso A. Ver
Mohammed Shahid, Alfonso Ver

The Filipino Ambassador for Bahrain, Alfonso Ver, believes in the importance of seeing Filipino fighters represented in the biggest stage of combat sports that Brave Combat Federation provides to its athletes. Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid recently talked about the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion’s debut in the Philippines.

“We have big plans for this year,” Shahid said. “In Asia, we already have a confirmed event in the Philippines, which was something that was requested by Ambassador Alfonso Ver. The fact that we have a Filipino champion in Stephen Loman made the Philippines a no-brainer destination for Brave and this is just the beginning for him and for us as a promotion.”

Since its inception, Brave Combat Federation has counted on Filipino fighters to raise its level and the support from the local fans has been outstanding in the promotion’s pursuit of worldwide recognition. Wherever Brave CF goes, athletes from the Philippines can always count on their fans to make themselves heard.

Aside from reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman, Brave CF counts on the likes of Jeremy Pacatiw, Jon Chris Corton, Crisanto Pitpitunge and Harold Banario, among others as an ever-growing Filipino contingent joins the likes of Brazil, Jordan and United States as strong countries represented in the Brave roster. In the two years since the promotion’s inaugural event, it has taken its Filipino stars to places such as Brazil, Pakistan, Morocco and Northern Ireland.

Particularly at “Brave 13” in Northern Ireland on June 9, 2018, the Filipino crowd caught the attention of MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who was watching his teammate Frans Mlambo take on Loman for the belt. That support has also been felt in Bahrain as some of the Filipino fighters have used their time in the country for Brave events to influence youngsters from the Philippines that live in Bahrain.

For the last two years, Brave Combat Federation has looked to change the landscape of mixed martial arts, with a truly global vision of including all corners of the planet under the same roof. On March 15, 2019, the biggest combat sports property in the Middle East will land for the first time in the Philippines as “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” promises fireworks for sports fans in the country and those around the world.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the organization has taken big steps in a new sport. Compared to the likes of football and basketball, MMA has only been around since the 1990s.

MMA has already evolved and changed in many ways since its inception. It adapted its rules to gain a wider audience, which is one of the changes that has made it the fastest-growing sport in the world.

Aside from adapting its rules, MMA has also focused on marketable athletes and most promotions choose to invest in fighters with certain types of personalities. On the other hand, Brave CF takes pride in giving a truly global platform to athletes because of their in-cage abilities and fighting qualities, regardless of how they come across to the media.

This has allowed Brave CF to set an example in its two-year run as the fastest-growing promotion in the fastest-growing sport. No other organization has traveled so extensively as Brave CF has in their first two years of operations.

Since September 2016, Brave CF has visited 14 countries: Bahrain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Colombia, Pakistan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The promotion has given opportunities to fighters from more than 40 countries to showcase their abilities to more than 80 countries around the world with a reach close to 800 million homes.

Brave CF insists on blending in local talent with international fighters whenever it lands on a new country, making sure regional fighters have a chance to shine in the biggest of stages and leaving a lasting legacy to the sport in the new areas reached. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion:

South Africa’s JP Buys beats Bahrain’s Gamzat Magomedov at ‘Brave 17’ in Pakistan

Gamzat Magomedov, Mohammed Shahid, JP Buys
Gamzat Magomedov, Mohammed Shahid, JP Buys

Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation hosted its 17th event at the Nistar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018. “Brave 17” featured 10 bouts with fighters representing 12 countries.

The fight night featured intense rounds of action featuring heated rivalries, outbursts of emotions and athletes showcasing intense showmanship. The fight night started with two inspiring bouts that set the tone for the night as two hometown heroes emerged victorious.

The eight bout of the evening was one of the most controversial bouts in the history of Brave CF. Fighting out of Bahrain, 2017 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation gold medalist  Gamzat Magomedov, who is originally from Dagestan, Russia, faced J.P. Buys of South Africa in the bantamweight division.

In the first round, Buys dominated his way through against Magomedov with high precision strikes that rocked the Russian-Bahraini fighter. However, the second round witnessed one of the most aggressive sides of Magomedov as he used his wrestling skills to take down and pin his South African opponent against the cage.

Despite warnings from referee Marc Goddard, Magomedov landed intentional elbows to the back of Buys’ head. This forced the referee to stop the fight.

Consequentially, Buys was declared the winner since Magomedov was disqualified. Disappointed, the Russian-Bahraini fighter charged against the South African winner.

In time to defend Buys, South African Brave CF athlete Chad Hanekom pushed away Magomedov from inflicting further damage. The display of lack of sportsmanship was put down immediately as Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid and the officials called upon the security, who eventually evicted the group of fighters out of the cage.

On November 16, 2018, Brave CF will showcase its 18th event in the Kingdom of Bahrain during Brave International Combat Week 2018, which is the largest combat sports festival in Asia. The fight night will feature two championship title defenses, which are for the lightweight and bantamweight divisions, and the inaugural featherweight championship.

Buys was the only fighter who represented South Africa at “Brave 17.” Here are the official results:

UNDERCARD

  1. Abbas Khan (Pakistan) defeats Sikander Badar (Pakistan) by Technical Knockout (Round 1)
  2. Najam Khan (Pakistan) defeats Mohammad Wasim (Afghanistan) by Technical Submission (Round 3)
  3. Haider “The Giant” Farman (Pakistan) defeats Ariel “The Lady Boxer” Oliveros (Philippines) by Guillotine Choke Submission (Round 2)
  4. John Brewin (New Zealand) defeats Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir (Kuwait) by Technical Knockout (Round 2)
  5. Yibugele (China) defeats Zia Mashwani (Pakistan) by Knockout (Round 3)

MAIN CARD

  1. Aidan James (Wales) defeats Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo (Ireland) by Technical Submission (Round 1)
  2. Mehmosh “The Renegade” Raza (Pakistan) defeats Arben “Big Bang” Escayo (Philippines) by Guillotine Choke Submission (Round 1)
  3. P. Buys (South Africa) defeats Gamzat Magomedov (Bahrain) by Disqualification due to Repeated Fouls (Round 2)
  4. Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw (Philippines) defeats Uloomi “Kratos” Kareem (Pakistan) by Unanimous Decision
  5. Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov (France) defeats Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Brazil) by Unanimous Decision

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: