“I AM ALGERIAN, HE IS NOT” – stated Boudegzdame when asked about his biggest advantage in this fight.
Algerian Elias Boudegzdame will be carrying the pride of a nation into the most important fight of his life. Is it nerve wrecking for him? Not at all, the Algerian can’t wait to represent on the biggest middle eastern MMA platform.
A young and confident individual, Brave Combat Federation featherweight title contender Elias Boudegzdame has locked down the deal, and will be fighting for the inaugural Brave featherweight belt in Abu Dhabi. The promotion announced yesterday its main event for Brave 4: Unstoppable taking place in UAE on March 31, 2017.
“Brave gave me the key to the house, it’s up to me to make use of it. I will take this opportunity and show that I am champion material. You will see a REAL ALGERIAN in the cage, Arab fans know what that means.”
The first Brave title fight was originally set to take part of Brave 2 pitting Masio Fullen vs. Alan Omer, yet the fight was scrapped due to Alan Omer being injured. On that same card, Elias made his promotional debut and spun heads, when he submitted X-UFC fighter Walel Watson, making it look easy and earning fan’s votes for the ArabsMMA Submission of the Year Award. It was then that Brave officials realized the quality of fighter this young Algerian is.
“I knew that Masio was set to face Omer, but the fight got cancelled as both fighters got injured before Brave 2. I faced Watson on the same card, did my job and that was that. I didn’t think about it at the time, I just continued training and put my faith in god. When I got the call from Brave, I was very excited and happy. The featherweight division in Brave is filling up with high level fighters and it’s a privilege to get this opportunity.”
Boudegzdame will face up against former UFC fighter Masio Fullen in what will be the promotions first visit to Abu Dhabi and first world championship title fight. On March 31st, only one fighter will leave the IPIC ARENA with the belt.
“Masio has competed in the UFC and I respect that. For me, no matter where my opponent has been, I will take him seriously. He made a good debut with Brave, finishing his opponent in the first round, that doesn’t intimidate me at all. One thing I learned in MMA, not to judge a fighter by his record, and as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover.”
According to Elias, fighting in front of Arab crowd gives him a great sense of purpose and motivation to perform at his best. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, he makes sure he is ready in all different aspects of the game.
I am blessed with a great coach, who is my brother Amin. He makes sure am ready for anything, and my training partners are always there to help. We don’t have a game plan, this is not a game. I train tough and hard and once in the cage, my natural instinct takes over and does the job.
Check out Boudegzdame’s latest fight at Brave Combat Federation: