Pakistan vs Saudi Arabia: Najam Khan, Mostafa Rashed Neda fight at ‘Brave 21: Saudi Arabia’ in Jeddah

Najam Khan, Mohammed Shahid, Mostafa Rashed Neda
Najam Khan, Mohammed Shahid, Mostafa Rashed Neda

Saudi Arabia and Syria were among the 11 countries represented at the Brave Combat Federation event “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” held on December 28, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the final event of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion in 2018.

Featuring 10 MMA bouts, “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” is the first Brave CF event to be held in Saudi Arabia. In the fourth bout of the evening, Najam Khan of Pakistan faced Mostafa Rashed Neda of Saudi Arabia.

Blue Corner

Born in Saudi Arabia, Neda has been competing professionally since 2013. He previously competed in Desert Force and Phoenix Fighting Championship.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Neda’s Brave CF debut. Three hometown heroes competed in the event namely Neda, Ahmad Makki and Abdullah Al-Qahtani.

Red Corner

Born in Pakistan on March 13, 1988, Khan is training out of Team Fight Fortress in Islamabad, Pakistan. When he made his professional MMA debut on October 27, 2018 at “Brave 17: Pakistan,” he submitted Mohammad Wasim of Afghanistan via ninja choke.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Khan’s second Brave CF bout. He was the only fighter who represented Pakistan in the event.

Fight Result

Khan and Neda competed in a catch weight of 90 kg. The referee put a stop to the contest in the first round when the Saudi Arabian fighter knocked out his Pakistani opponent.

It was a redemptive win for Neda who was coming out of two consecutive losses. Winning at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” improved his professional MMA record to 5 wins and 3 losses.

On the other hand, it was Khan’s first MMA loss. He now holds a professional MMA record of 1 win and 1 loss.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gadzhiev of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia faced Rami “The Russian” Hamed of Beirut, Lebanon in the welterweight division. The Lebanese fighter knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Marat Magomedov of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada battled it out in the featherweight division. The Canadian contender knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the third round.

Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Lebanon, Russia and Syria were also represented at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.” Check the complete results here.

Pakistan’s Najam Khan from gardening to successful Brave CF debut

Najam Khan
Najam Khan

Fighting out of Waziristan, Pakistan, Najam Khan was one of the hometown heroes who competed at “Brave 17” at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018. It marked the Brave Combat Federation debut of the Pakistani mixed martial artist, who works as a gardener to make ends meet.

Khan faced Mohammad Wasim of Afghanistan at “Brave 17” in the welterweight division. Their welterweight bout was the second bout of the evening.

Representing Team Fight Fortress, the gardener from Waziristan made his compatriots proud as he made his successful debut in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion. He defeated his Afghan opponent via technical submission via ninja choke.

The bout seemed to slip off from the hands of Khan as Wasim made successful takedowns. As the bout entered the third round, the Pakistani contender received an illegal knee, which slowed the fighter down.

However, Wasim tried his best to stay out of Khan’s range. But by the end of the third round, the striker from Team Fight Fortress locked in a ninja choke as Wasim went for the takedown.

The choke was so deep that Wasim did not tap but was left cold and unconscious. This made Khan the first professional MMA fighter from Pakistan to secure a win in an international MMA event held in the country.

“Brave 17” also marked Khan’s professional MMA debut. From being an amateur athlete with a clean record, he is now a professional fighter with 1 win and 0 loss.

Years before becoming an MMA figher, Khan had to overcome polio. He was born with this condition that affected his ability to walk.

Despite the challenge, Khan was not willing to give up on his dreams to become a professional MMA fighter. Meanwhile, here is a “Brave 17” promo clip: