BRAVE Combat Federation has become a breeding ground for many champions since its inception in 2016. The promotion has not only crowned 22 champions over the last seven years, but more than that, BRAVE CF has unearthed and provided a global platform for hundreds of professional stars.
This month, at the 2023 Kombat Kingdom series, six debutants will seek to grab their opportunity with both hands in Riffa, Bahrain, when they step into the BRAVE CF cage for the first time and compete on June 19 and 23 at BRAVE CF 71 and BRAVE CF 72, respectively.
They will look to follow the footsteps of the likes of Khamzat Chimaev, Ilia Topuria, Muhammad Mokaev, and a host of other superstars who came out of the most global MMA organization in the world
BRAVE Combat Federation will now be home to two of Africa’s best Bantamweights when Zimbabwe’s Nicholas Hwende debuts at BRAVE CF 71 against Russia’s Velimurad Alkhasov. Hwende is the 135-pound king of Africa, having bulldozed through his competition in the continent. He now enters the BRAVE CF Bantamweight stable, home to fellow African and the globally-recognized star Nkosi Ndebele, who is nearing a world title shot of his own.
The South African-based Zimbabwean champion has built an impressive 6-0 professional record with wins over renowned names like Nkazimulo Zulu and Gian Souza. The total record of his opponents at the time was 30-13-2 – highlighting Hwende’s ability to overcome veterans of the fight game. With four stoppages in six fights, Hwende is a lethal finisher with great striking, wrestling, and cardio, making him a formidable opponent. He now has an incredible opportunity to step out of Africa and introduce himself to the world on the most-global platform – and a win at BRAVE CF 71 could catapult him closer to contender conversations.
The number one pound-for-pound amateur athlete in the world will make his BRAVE CF debut when he meets Morocco’s rising star Abderrahman Errachidy in a Lightweight bout at BRAVE CF 71. Bahrain’s Ramazan Gitinov made his professional debut in May after racking up a legendary 31-2 amateur career, which ended on a 30-fight win streak at the IMMAF World Championships in Serbia earlier this year.
Under the tutelage of BRAVE CF Super Lightweight champion Eldar Eldarov, Gitinov has flourished as an athlete. Gitinov is one of three athletes to become a three-time amateur world champion and has tallied up nine IMMAF medals, including seven golds. Aside from his world championships, he also won the IMMAF European and Asian Championships.
He will now look to carry his prowess to the professional scene and become a dominant force on the global stage.
Omar Hussein is one of the most exciting mixed martial artists, however, the former training partner of electric BRAVE CF Featherweight Izzedine Al-Derbani has produced a mixed bag of results lately. Hussein’s last fight ended in disappointment, but he’s ready to bounce back.
After 13 professional fights – nine wins and four losses – Hussein aims to start a clean slate when he makes his BRAVE CF debut against Pakistan’s Abbas Khan in a Super Lightweight bout at BRAVE CF 71. The former Team Alpha Male athlete’s last win came in July last year when he beat Moha Jaghdal via a D’Arce choke.
Hussein is one of the toughest athletes on the scene as he has never been knocked out. With five stoppage victories, he aims to set alight the BRAVE CF Super Lightweight division on June 19.
In a much-anticipated bout, two-time Heavyweight amateur world champion Rasul Magomedov will make his professional debut against Egypt’s Mohamed Hisham Baraka in a Light Heavyweight fight at BRAVE CF 72.
Bahrain’s Magomedov earned the respect of the wrestling fraternity when he beat the youngest American gold medalist and wrestling legend Kyle Snyder in a freestyle match. He now leaves behind a huge amateur career and will look to transfer his unbeaten streak over to the professional leagues starting at BRAVE CF 72 this month.
BRAVE Combat Federation will grow its international database on June 23. At BRAVE CF 72, the Democratic Republic of Congo will see its first BRAVE CF athlete compete at Kombat Kingdom when Eliezer Kubanza makes his promotional debut against Algeria’s Rayan Atmani in Riffa, Bahrain.
While Kubanza is unbeaten in the pro leagues with three wins, his amateur record is the most talked about. Fighting out of South Africa, Kubanza has recorded seven amateur wins in ten fights, with his most memorable victory coming against global amateur superstar Ramazan Gitinov via TKO at the IMMAF Africa Open Championships in 2017.
Nobody has since been able to unlock the Gitinov puzzle as the Bahraini is on a 31-fight win streak. Kubanza will now compete in the BRAVE CF Super Welterweight division, where he looks to make more history on the most-global MMA platform.
BRAVE Combat Federation is excited to present a firecracker fighter in BRAVE CF debutant and Turkey’s Khamzat Maaev, who takes on Lebanon’s Elias Farah in a Super Lightweight bout at BRAVE CF 71. Maaev has captured the imagination of MMA fans and made the headlines with his ferocious ability with three stoppages – all coming in the first round.
His resemblance in name, origin, and fighting ability to global superstar Khamzat Chimaev has increased his stock within BRAVE CF, considering how “Borz” has become a household name.
The Chechen-born Turkish fighter has heavy hands, but like his idol Chimaev, he is an absolute force on the canvas with multiple freestyle wrestling and grappling titles. He will now look to use the hype he has generated to unlock his potential when he steps inside the BRAVE CF cage for the first time on June 19.