Guyana had its first champion in mixed martial arts crowned during Brave 8 hosted in Curitiba, Brazil. Carlston Harris was crowned the champion in the presence of the legend, Wanderlei Silva.
Harris has a record of 12-3-0 and has never been submitted or knocked out in his 15 fight career. He will defend the championship against Jarrah Al Selawe who has the longest win streak in the history of Brave Combat Federation. Drawing parallels to Harris, Al Selawe has never been submitted in his career. Harris will be returning to action after overcoming a career-threatening injury that stopped him from competing for nearly a year. Currently training at the Renovação Fight Team, Harris is set to make a statement with his championship title defence.
“Being a champion is not just a title but a responsibility to represent. Championship for me represents a milestone in pursuing my passion facing every challenge that came in life. I am the first champion in a global mixed martial arts promotion from Guyana. I dedicated my championship to all those wonderful people who supported me in Brazil, Guyana and all around the world who had faith in my abilities. I will defend the title to prove a point that dreams are worth fighting for. This is about who is more hungry, resilient and passionate”, explained Harris.
Harris is the first mixed martial artist from Guyana to hold a championship title in any mixed martial arts promotion. Harris moved to Brazil to nurture his passion and to develop his career. He made his promotional debut at Brave Combat Federation against Thiago Vieira, handing over the second loss in his professional career. Harris stepping into taking Carl Booth in a day’s notice for the inaugural welterweight championship. After five rounds of action, Booth was overwhelmed by the wrestling game of Harris which gave him the victory by unanimous decision thereby crowing him as the first welterweight champion of the promotion.
“I never fought easy opponents, same is the case of Jarrah. He is respectful towards me for which I respect him. He does not talk thrash which is a great quality for a martial artist. I am sure that in Abu Dhabi he will have hometown support. This doesn’t matter. Life was tough for me, for fighters like him everything went their way, apart from maybe a couple of years of tough life. Challenges and pain make me feel at home, to fight odds is a part of my life and I am coming to Abu Dhabi to fight and give my best. His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa opened doors of opportunities for fighters around the world. It will be my honour to fight before him to prove to him and dedicate my victory to him for his birthday”, said Harris.