Brave 23: Pride and Honor was a historic event in itself, with several Knockouts and the emergence of new stars. One of the fights, however, had a special meaning, as Eldar Eldarov and Mounir Lazzez battled for the first-ever Super Lightweight world championship in MMA history. Eldarov emerged victorious in a back-and-forth war, beating the previously unbeaten Lazzez by decision. But “The Sniper” wants to run it back.
In a lengthy statement after his first-ever defeat, Mounir congratulated his foe on the victory but called for an immediate rematch to take place, as he felt their fight was a close call.
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Hi everyone. I just want to first & foremost say Alhamdhulillah. Allah is best of all planners. Unfortunately the fight didn’t go my way, it was a hard close battle & my opponent @eldar_khan edged it in the final round with the takedown. I want to congratulate him for winning & thank him for brining it to the cage. This is a new weight class in the Brave organisation and we are the only two in the division so I think it’s right for an immediate rematch. I feel the fight was close & we need a clear winner @khaled_hamad_alkhalifa @thehawkshahid @bravemmaf. I would like to thank my family, my beautiful wife and son who are my biggest supporters and inspiration. I love you guys and cannot wait to see you. I trained very hard for this fight and I would like to thank all my coaches @benjey.z @buglibule @zaidgerber @ua_wrest and sparring partners for their dedication with me Day in, day out. I would also like to thank my @mtkglobal management for all their support and always looking out for the best in me. Thanks to @tndubai and all Dubai In general for supporting me. I will be back stronger and more dedicated then ever. This is the best thing for my career. It woke me up & I want to jump in the gym tomorrow as I am hungry to get this title. Thanks to my sponsors for all the support during my training camp @fueluplife @sexyfitlauren and @edge_design_uae @ivarchitect . Eldar you fought a smart fight. Let’s rematch! Anywhere, anytime! You’re a good dancing partner and let’s go one more time. I feel the fans deserve to see a clear winner. Thank you all for supporting me and I’m sorry if I disappointed you with my first loss but it’s not a loss for me, it’s a learning curve and I will be back holding that belt around my waist by the end of the year inshallah. God bless you all ❤
“Unfortunately, the fight didn’t go my way, it was a hard, close battle and my opponent Eldar Eldarov edged it in the final round with the takedown. I want to congratulate him for winning and thank him for bringing it to the cage. This is a new weight class and in the Brave organization so I think it’s right that we have a rematch. I feel the fight was close and we need a clear winner”, said Mounir.
The new champion Eldar Eldarov made sure to send his best wishes to his opponent and, responding to Mounir’s own Instagram post, said he would be ready and waiting for a rematch between the two.
“I wish you a fast recovery and I will be ready and waiting for you anytime. Ask Brave Combat Federation to provide us with a ready dance stage”, commented Eldarov.
Brave 23: Pride and Honor was the biggest event in promotional history, and saw the rise of three new champions. Apart from Eldarov, Luan “Miau” Santiago snatched the Lightweight title from Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady with a vicious first-round KO, and Abdoul Abdouraguimov edged former Welterweight titleholder Jarrah Al-Selawe to become the new divisional king.