BRAVE CF 80 fight card revealed: title fight, Uk & Ireland vs Arab Legends duel, and more

The most global MMA organization in the world will close out 2023 with a historic fight card. BRAVE Combat Federation has announced the full fight card for BRAVE CF 80, set to take place in Bahrain, on December 15, and it will feature some of the top fighters on the company’s roster, the best amateur female fighter of all time, and a special duel between the UK & Ireland and Arab Legends.

In the main event of the evening, Jose ‘’Shorty’’ Torres defends his Bantamweight world title against Nkosi Ndebele, in an immediate rematch of their bout back at BRAVE CF 73, in Bogota, Colombia – back then, ‘’Shorty’’ won the vacant title after a razor-thin split decision win over Ndebele. After much controversy and fan requests, BRAVE CF made the decision to put together an immediate rematch.

Before Torres and Ndebele run it back for the title, an Arab legend returns, as Jarrah Al-Silawi, the fighter with most victories in BRAVE CF history returns in a feature bout at Middleweight against Nenad Avramovich, looking to become the first fighter in history to earn 10 BRAVE CF wins.

Also set for BRAVE CF 80 is a special set of five fights between UK & Ireland fighters taking on some of the finest talent in the Arab MMA world.

Hussein Ayyad (Bahrain, Flyweight), Ahmed Labban (Lebanon, Super Welterweight), Mahmoud Sebie (Egypt, Super Lightweight), Izzedine Al-Derbani (Jordan, Bantamweight), Abbas Khan (Bahrain, Lightweight) are the initial representatives of Team Arab Legends. Mohammed Alsameea (Flyweight, Bahrain) and Abdulla Al-Yaqoob (Bahrain, Bantamweight) will also be added to the fold.

Meanwhile, Gerard Burns (Flyweight, Ireland), Jack Grant (England, Super Welterweight), Oscar Ownsworth (England, Super Lightweight), Dean Garnett (England, Bantamweight), and Stefano Catacoli (England, Lightweight) are the initial representatives of Team UK & Ireland.

In the early prelims, two huge fights in the women’s divisions, as two of the top IMMAF fighters will make their much-anticipated professional debuts. The only woman to win three IMMAF world titles, Sabrina de Sousa will face Rewan Yasser in a Bantamweight , while Fabiola Nascimento takes on Jleana Valentino at Strawweight.

BRAVE CF 80 closes out an explosive end to the year for the organization, which will host, in November and December alone, six events in four countries, and three of them as part of the BRAVE International Combat Week.


Main & Co-main events

Bantamweight championship: Jose Torres (c) vs Nkosi Ndebele 2

Middleweight: Jarrah Al-Silawi vs Nenad Avramovic

UK & Ireland vs Arab Legends

Flyweight: Hussein Ayyad vs Gerard Burns

Super Welterweight: Ahmed Labban vs Jack Grant

Super Lightweight: Mahmoud Sebie vs Oscar Ownsworth

Bantamweight: Izzedine Al-Derbani vs Dean Garnett

Lightweight: Abbas Khan vs Stefano Catacoli
Bantamweight: Abdulla Al-Yaqoob vs TBA
Flyweight: Mohammed Alsameea vs TBA

Early Prelims

Bantamweight: Sabrina de Sousa vs Rewan Yasser

Strawweight: Fabiola Nascimento vs Jleana Valentino

BRAVE International Combat Week Calendar

5 December

BRAVE CF 77 – Isa Town, Bahrain

8 December
BRAVE CF 79 – Isa Town, Bahrain

10 – 16 December

IMMAF Asian Championships

15 December
BRAVE CF 80 – Isa Town, Bahrain

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