Mumbai is all set to host the fifth edition of Brave Combat Federation in India for the first time. The event will be held on Sunday, April 23, in the Dome Stadium of National Sports Club of India. The fight card is stacked with heated rivalries and qualifying matches that lead to unlocking more championships in the promotion. “Brave: Go For Glory” will be broadcasted across 48 nations in South America, Middle East, Europe and Africa. While the countdown towards the event has already begun, let us check top 7 reasons that make the event a must watch.
Brave Combat Federation is the first global MMA promotion to organize an event in India. Apart from much required investment, economic relations and infrastructure development will boost the growth of mixed martial arts in India. Brave has announced that the event is one among the future projects aimed at India and development of the sport in India is key to the future plans of the organization. The South Asian country has long been paralleled with unprofessional practice of the sport, and Brave CF is going there first to transform the nation’s Mixed Martial Arts scene.
1- “Bomber” vs. “Fast Hands”
Someone’s halo will be shut when this fight ends. In Brave 5’s main feature, Carl “The Bomber” Booth and promotional new comer Tahar “Fast Hands” Hadbi will battle it out in the most unpredictable bout India will ever witness. Carl Booth (7-1) will be one of the most lethal and precise strikers ever to step into an MMA cage on Indian soil. The one man wrecking crew, made his Brave Combat Federation debut in a eye-catching fashion when he KO’d Gadzhimusa Gaziev at Brave 2: Dynasty. His opponent is a man they call ” 1,2 ” AKA ” Fast Hands. Hadbi has won 8 out of his last 9 bouts including 2 jaw dropping knockouts. Do not blink when these two step into the cage!
2- The Rivalry
Who will be able to connect first when Gurdarshan Mangat and Abdul Muneer are left alone inside the Brave CF cage?
This landmark rivalry is the talking point of Brave 5: Go For Glory. Despite having two India fighters going at it in the co-main event, there will only be ONE “best Indian fighter”, and that’s what this fight boils down to. The war of words has ensured Mohammad Shahid, President of Brave Combat Federation to beef up security for the event in Mumbai considering the strong sentiments of the crowd.
It was all triggered by a poll voting which had Abdul Muneer as “The Best Indian Fighter”, despite having registered a loss prior to this vote. Gurdarshan, a fellow Indian MMA fighter who was victorious 9 times out his 10 appearances took this personally and fired back. Gurdarshan will be moving two weight classes to compete with Abdul Muneer in Mumbai.
The odds are definitely in favor of Mangat “But Muneer has the power to end this at any time.” Both men have something to prove in this battle and it should be a thrilling climax to a card that will likely exceed expectations for Indian fans.
3- Line-up Featuring Athletes from 11 Nations
Brave Combat Federation has made a point of becoming a multinational organization, and India’s Brave event is just another step towards the goal of giving every fighter the chance to be the best in the world. Brave 5: Go For Flory will feature athletes from Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. This makes the event the biggest global MMA event to ever occur in Indian soil.
Brave 5’s global line-up is headlined by UK (Carl Booth) versus Algeria (Tahar Hadbi), and has India stamped on almost every other fight. The event in India will also see Saudi Arabia sending it’s first ambassador, former Desert Force featherweight champion, Aziz Julaidan, to make his promotional debut with the Bahraini organization.
The night also features high profile officials who have experience working with the top global MMA promotions in the world. Another major presence will be that of former UFC fighter and Bellator legend, Alex “Extremo” Soto.
4- Kooheji Wants More
The KHK MMA representative showed out in his Brave Combat Federation debut, submitting Mohamed Mashally in impressive fashion marking his 4th professional win at Brave 1: The Beginning. It was pretty clear the promotion wanted to see him perform again as he then went on to impress at Brave 2: Dynasty, earning a clear unanimous decision win over Philippine’s Jeremy Pacatiw.
Given how comfortable he looked in the cage, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kooheji shine again in Mumbai. The Bahraini super star will look to add a 6th win to his record when he faces Chaitanya Gavali at Brave 5: ‘Go For Glory’ on April 23 in Mumbai, India.
Gavali, one of the best fighters out of India, boats a 6 wins and 3 losses coming into this fight, with the crowd advantage clearly bumping his spirit. Yet, Kooheji is no stranger to challenges and that’s what brings the best out of him.
5- Army of Four
Hamza Kooheji, Aziz Julaidan, Ahmed Faress, and Tahar Hadbi: Four Arab fighters will be trusted to represent an entire nation when Brave CF gets underway in India.
Bahrain’s Hamza Kooheji (5-1 MMA, 2-0 Brave) will look to upset the Indian local crowd and stack a third victory under Brave CF when he faces veteran Chaitanya Gavali (6-3). Former Desert Force featherweight champion Aziz Julaidan (3-2) who has just joined the promotion will be looking to make an imposing debut when he meets India’s Mohammed Farhad (8-2 MMA 1-0 Brave). The Egyptian “Prince” Ahmed Faress will look for a strong rebound coming short in his brave debut. He faces former Indian Champion Bharat Khandare who walks into this fight with a 5 win streak. And finally, Tahar Hadbi will be leading on the quest of raising the Algerian flag once again after his fellow countryman Elias Boudegzdame gloriously made the Algerian and Arab crowds proud in Brave 4’s main event in Abu Dhabi.
6- Biggest budget for an MMA Event in India
Brave 5 in India will be realized as part of the developmental initiative conceptualised by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and CEO Mohammed Shahid towards the growth of MMA in India. The event will indeed provide a global platform for Indian athletes in what was started as a stride to give a hard-rock base for the sport in the country.
Brave Combat Federation has invested a whooping $2 million towards talent acquisition, talent development and athlete relations. Apart from that the magnitude of the event along with featuring international officials, production crew and event design marks the event the costliest MMA event in India. The organization has announced the event to be star studded with the presence of A-listers, diplomats, celebrities from Bollywood and political figures.
7-Every Brave Event Has Been significant
In just half a year since its launch, Bahrain’s Brave Combat Federation has brought to fans across the globe a lifetime worth of legendary fights and events. The promotion kicked off in 2016 with two flawless fight nights in its hometown Bahrain, sending huge shock waves onto the global MMA scene. Never has any “newborn” mixed martial arts promotion made noise this huge since day 1. In March 2017, Brave flew to Curitiba, Brazil to host one of the most entertaining nights in what was its first event outside of Bahrain. In that same month, Brave headed to Abu Dhabi as part of the previously announced Middle Eastern expansion, delivering the strongest Arab card the region has ever witnessed. In less than a week, Brave Combat Federation promises to give India a night of world-class MMA action like never seen before.