by Frankie Anderson
2016 IMMAF World Championships witnessed Cian Cowley from Ireland and Hardeep Rai from the United Kingdom sharing the bronze medal in the welterweight division.
Little did they know that the two welterweights will carry forward the unfinished business at a later stage. Ironically when both the welterweights took their career to the professional level, they landed up in the same promotion which is an active hotspot for talent evolving from the IMMAF.
Hardeep Rai was the first to join Brave Combat Federation when he made his promotional debut which was also his professional debut at Brave 5 hosted in Mumbai, India.
Rai submitted Arnan Chaiyasan in the very first round to mark his presence in Brave Combat Federation. Rai made three appearances in Brave Combat Federation winning twice. Training at the Jackson-Wink MMA, Rai is set to make his fourth appearance at Brave 18 taking place in Bahrain.
Meanwhile, Cian Cowley who shared the podium representing Ireland at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships with bronze had made his promotional debut at Brave Combat Federation during Brave 13 hosted in Belfast.
Cowley secured a TKO victory in the very first round and went ahead signing a multi-fight contract with Brave Combat Federation.
Trained by John Kavanagh, the prospect from SBG Ireland has unsettled business from the 2016 IMMAF World Championships. The two IMMAF medalists will clash for the first time inside the cage at Brave 18 taking place on 16th November at the Khalifa Sports City in Bahrain.
While the bout is highlighted as a clash between Ireland and the United Kingdom, it is also the final showdown for the unsettled score from 2016 IMMAF World Championships.
Hardeep Rai had already made his statement over the social media, “Very few can relate, but all understand. This is the greatest sport on earth. Excited to be making this walk again so soon”
A win for Cowley is critical to boosting his professional record which stands at 1-1-0.
Meanwhile, for Hardeep Rai, it is his return after an overwhelming loss against the currently undefeated John Brewin at Brave 12 which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The event will take place during Brave International Combat Week, which is also the venue for 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championship making the showdown between the welterweight medalists iconic and to break the tie to find the best warrior.