Brave Combat Federation’s first event in India went down yesterday night in the Dome Stadium of National Sports Club of India, Mumbai. This exciting card was headlined by a welterweight bout between red-hot newcomer Tahar Hadbi and returning Brave fighter Carl Booth, while the rest of the card featured names like Gurdarshan Mangat, Abdul Muneer, Alejandro Martinez, Mohammad Farhad, and Ahmed Faress.
Highlighted by some fun, back-and-forth scraps, some truly dramatic finishes, some Brave history, and a questionable ruling, Brave’s first trip to Mumbai was an undeniably memorable one. Here’s a recap of the madness for those who missed it!
Carl Booth and Gurdarshan Mangat both came out with close wins in the two main event fights, over tough competitors Tahar Hadbi and Abdul Muneer, respectively.
The fight between Booth and Hadbi was originally scheduled to be a 5 round headliner. It evolved into an entertaining firefight, yet the referee called the end of the fight by the end of round 3. This led to some confusion among the fighters, and despite Booth winning via UD, both fighters firmly demanded a rematch.
According to Booth, his second win inside the Brave cage was enough to deserve a title shot next. Although “Fast Hands” started off with a bang, trying to corner “The Bomber”, the Englishman slowly started to find his rhythm. Booth managed to sting his opponent repeatedly with leg kicks. Booth’s victory means he improves to 8-1 in his MMA career. Hadbi, on the other hand, sees a three-fight winning streak snapped and his record now reads 13 wins with seven losses.
“I deserve my strap, and I think that was for the title. I should be champion by now”, claimed “The Bomber” after a hard-fought win.
The co-main event of the evening featured a local rivalry at its best. Gurdarshan Mangat’s youth proved too much for Abdul Muneer, India’s Fighter of the Year for 2016. “Saint Lion” and “The Cutman”, who brawled a day before during their staredown at the public weigh-ins, showed much more respect once the fight started. But Mangat’s wrestling-based gameplan kept Muneer at bay. He now improved to 10 wins with only one defeat in his professional record.
Elsewhere on the card, there were impressive wins for former TUF Latin America fighter Alejandro Martinez, who finished Brazil’s Paulo “Bananada” with strikes and Mohammad Farhad, responsible for the greatest knockout of the night over Irfan Khan. Hardeep Rai and Faress with first round submission armbars.
Brave 5 Results:
Welterweight (Main event): Carl Booth x Tahar Hadbi, Carl Booth via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight (Co-Main event): Gurdarshan Mangat x Abdul Muneer, Gurdarshan Mangat via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight: Alex Leko x Jakub Kowalewicz, Jakub Kowalewicz via Split Decision
Lightweight: Erick Indio Brabo x Brian Hooi, Erick Indio Brabo via Split Decision
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw x Chaitanyia Gavali, Jeremy Pacatiw via Split Decision
Catchweight (68kg): Paulo Bananada x Alejandro Martinez, Alejandro Martinez via TKO, Round 2
Featherweight: Rolando Gabriel Dy x Nelson Paes, No Contest (Due to accidental head clash)
Bantamweight: Mohammad Farhad x Irfan Khan, Mohammad Farhad via KO, Round 1
Bantamweight: Bharat Khandare x Ahmed Faress, Ahmed Faress via Submission (armbar), Round 1
Lightweight: Hardeep Rai x Arnan Chayiasan, Hardeep Rai via Submission (armbar), Round 1
Brave’s next show is held on April 29th, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Make sure to tune in to ArabsMMA.com for all Brave related news.