Two champions crowned at Brave 16 in Abu Dhabi
Al Selawe ended the title reign of the welterweight champion Carlston Harris and the welterweight champion from Jordan still holds his undefeated record in the organization alongside the most number of wins. In the co-main event, Bubba Jenkins dominated all five rounds against the featherweight champion, Elias Boudegzdame. The 2011 NCAA Division 1 champion, Jenkins dethroned Boudegzdame to end the longest championship reign in the promotions short history. However, the victory did not come without adversity as Jenkins escaped a locked in heel-hook that Boudegzdame threw up in a last-gasp effort late in the fourth round. With some cunning defensive groundwork, Jenkins escaped and sailed to a lopsided Unanimous Decision, securing his first major promotional championship.
10-time BJJ World Champ Bruno Malfacine remains undefeated in his professional MMA career as he submitted Cris Rodriguez Jr. in the first round. Mohammed Fakhreddine suffered his second defeat in Brave Combat Federation as Dagestan’s Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev handed the superstar from Lebanon the loss by TKO. Sweden’s Dmitrijs Homjakovs faced Mounir Lazzez, in one of the most exciting fights of the night. Lazzez stood his ground and tried to time counter punches and elbows against Homjakovs. Just when Homjakovs seemed to be in control, the Tunisian knocked him down with a short right hand. Homjakovs withstood the punishment from Lazzez showing incredible heart. Lazzez however finished the opponent in the second round in a fight that could easily claim the fight of the night. South Africa’s Chad Hanekom secured a second round win over the undefeated Italian, Leon Aliu. The South African dominated all the three rounds with his wrestling securing the win by unanimous decision. Crisanto Pitpitunge was handed over his second defeat by Hamza Kooheji from Bahrain. Kooheji dominated two rounds with his wrestling to secure a major win for Bahrain.
Guram Kutateladze made his promotional debut with an incredible win by unanimous decision over Erick da Silva. Guram showcased a high volume assault of punches and kicks to inflict significant damage over Da Silva. Guram Kutateladze closed the fight by mixing in a pair of takedowns before slugging it out to the bell. In other matches Vaughn Donayre was submitted by Flavio Serafim, while Nawras Abzakh suffered defeat by unanimous decision against Louie Sanoudakis. In the opening bout, Team Lakay dominated with a win against IMMAF medalist Hussain Ayyad. Philippines secured the first win for the night as John Cris Corton secured win by unanimous decision.