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Brave “The Beginning” | Kooheji Wins Via North/South Choke in His Bantamweight Debut!

Isa Town – Bahrain. Bahrain’s Hamzah Kooheji made a successful comeback against the Egyptian Mohammad Mashaly winning via north/south choke 3 minutes into the 2nd round!

Kooheji managed to make a big statement after his latest upset at Desert Force 21 back in March 2016.

The bantamweight bout was part of the Brave 1 card which streamed live on bravefights.com and on ArabsMMA.com.

Kooheji employed a patient game plan against the faster striker in Mashaly during the first half of the 1st round waiting for the opportunity to shoot for the takedown. Once the opportunity presented itself, Kooheji was quick to take advantage of it and showed tremendous improvement on his grappling capabilities. He fended off a guillotine attempt before swiftly transitioning to a mounted crucifix where he landed punishing elbows until the end of the round.

The 2nd round started siimlar to the first one with Kooheji waiting for the opportunity to take Mashaly to the ground. He once again worked for the mounted crucifix position before transitioning the north/south choke and forcing Mashaly to tap!

Hamza Kooheji:

It’s like am fighting in my house, these are not my fans , they are all my friends and family. Fighting in bahrain is everything for me. Thanks to Sheikh Khalid and Sheikh Nasser , no matter what the sport is.

I worked alot on my striking for this fight, I wanted to strike , but I thought about it. In my last fight i came from a loss, I wanted to play safe. I did what I am good at so I can fight again.

The pride of Bahrain is back! Stay tuned to ArabsMMA.com for more live updates on Brave 1 “The Beginning”.

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