Undefeated French MMA fighter Abdoul Abdouraguimov beats Rodrigo Cavalheiro at ‘Brave 17’ in Pakistan

Abdoul Abdouraguimov, Carlos Kremmer
Abdoul Abdouraguimov, Carlos Kremmer

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, “Brave 17” was the inaugural Brave Combat Federation event in Pakistan. It was headlined by Rodrigo Cavalheiro, 35, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, of Nantes, France.

“Brave 17” was also the first ever mixed martial events hosted by a global MMA promotion in the country. Taking place at the Nistar Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018, it featured one amateur mixed martial arts match and nine professional MMA bouts.

In the main event of the evening, Cavalheiro and Abdouraguimov competed in the welterweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the French contender won via unanimous decision.

By defeating Cavalheiro at “Brave 17,” Abdouraguimov was able to retain his undefeated professional MMA record. The French fighter now has 9 wins, 0 loss and 1 No Contest.

“Brave 17” marked Abdouraguimov’s second bout in Brave CF. When he made his debut in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion, which was at “Brave 14” in Morocco on August 14, 2018, he knocked out Sidney “The All-American Kid” Wheeler, 21, of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, United States.

As the winner of the main event of “Brave 17,” Abdouraguimov is expected to face Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al Selawe, 26, of Jordan for the the Brave CF Welterweight Championship. This will be the first title defense of the latter.

Jarrah Al-Selawe or Rodrigo Cavalheiro: Who is Brave CF Welterweight Champion Carlston Harris’s next challenger?

Carlston Harris, Thiago Vieira Damascena
Sao Jose dos Pinhais, PR, Brazil; 18/03/2017; BRAVE 3; Carlston Harris vs. Thiago Monster Midweight durante o Brave 3 no ginasio Max Rosenmann em Sao Jose dos Pinhais. Foto: Jason Silva / Divulgacao BRAVE

Reigning Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Champion Carlston “Mocambique” Harris, 30, of Brazil is back in training after recovering from an injury. Among the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion’s fighters expected to challenge the champion are Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 28, of Jordan and Rodrigo Cavalheiro, 35, of Brazil.

“Jarrah Al-Selawe is a well-rounded fighter but I can see weak points in his game plan,” Harris stated. “Meanwhile, Cavalheiro was supposed to fight me before I became a champion. I think with his two straight wins at Brave, he wants that chance to fight me, but Al-Selawe is next in line for a title shot.”

Born in Guyana but fighting out of Brazil, Harris became the inaugural Brave CF Welterweight Champion on August 12, 2017 by defeating Carl “The Bomber” Booth, 28, of England at “Brave 8: The Rise of the Champions.” Originally, Harris’s opponent was supposed to be Carlos “Carlão” Leal, 25, of Brazil but he was replaced by Cavalheiro, who was eventually replaced by Booth.

The fight against Booth was Harris’s most recent bout. After capturing the title, the Guyanese-Brazilian champ went on hiatus to give himself time to recover from his injury.

Currently, Harris has 12 wins and 3 losses while Al-Selawe has 12 wins and 2 losses and Cavalheiro has 23 wins and 7 losses. The three are all undefeated in Brave CF.

Including Harris, Brave CF currently has five reigning champions. The other four are Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 24, of France, Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar, 28, of Germany and Klidson de Abreu, 25, of Brazil, who are reigning in the promotion’s bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, respectively.

When Harris made his Brave CF debut at “Brave CF 3,” which took place in Parana, Brazil on March 18, 2017, he knocked out Thiago “Monstro” Vieira Damascena, 26, of Brazil. Watch their bout here: