Brave 16 hosted in Abu Dhabi, UAE witnessed the end of the title reign by Elias Boudegzdame from Algeria. Elias is the first champion to be crowned in the promotion after he defeated ex-UFC fighter Masio Fullen within the first round to a triangle choke submission. The Algerian national icon went ahead to become the longest reigning champion in the promotion and had defended the title against the former KSW fighter Jakub Kowalewicz. Elias who was on a six fight win streak faced Bubba Jenkins from the USA.
Bubba Jenkins lasted five rounds of action dominating the champion to with the fight by unanimous decision. The fight witnessed two calls of foul by the referee against Elias which took away a valuable point from the champion. Boudegzdame went forth with a knee, which was claimed by the champion to have connected to the shoulder of Jenkins. The referee’s judgement was immediately questioned from the corner of Elias Boudegzdame. However the referee stopped the bout allowing Jenkins to recover.
“La Bone Ecole” have alleged that this stopped Elias who was dominating at the point from going ahead for the win. The team from Montpellier, France have called out for the bout to be either a no contest or a rematch. During the turn of events what shocked the MMA world was that the former featherweight champion not only grappled with the 2011 NCAA Division 1 champion, but also took down the wrestler during the fight.
“The decision made by the referee changed the end of the fight yesterday! After talking with referee and staff it is clear that the knee of Elias Boudegzdame did not touch the head of Bubba, but his shoulder. It was a great fight but Bubba was out of the fight before the end. We from the corner of Elias claimed the mistake but nothing happened. What do you think about that? Should it be a no contest, rematch or just nothing”, stated Amine Boudegzdame, coach and brother of Elias Boudegzdame in an open statement.
Boudegzdame was clearly on the aggressive side as soon as he landed the knee. The statement had resulted in a heated online argument. Bubba Jenkins have came forward with messages that depicted his stance against the incident. What do you think about the action?