By Aidan Payne
Mixed Martial Arts fans are in for a treat this weekend as Brave 2: Dynasty takes place on December2 from 6pm at the Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town. Yes it’s happening again as Bahrain will play host to the biggest combat sports event the region has ever witnessed. Warriors who battled at Brave “The Beginning” along with new world class fighters added to the Brave roster have landed in the Kingdom to put on a great show.
Brave began its legacy last month and delivered a memorable card of action-packed fights with seven out of ten resulting in exciting finishes. Fans at the sold-out arena at Khalifa Sports City were given the excitement they were promised, to the delight of H.H Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Brave CEO Mohamed Shahid. The success of our first event was the result of a lot of hard work put in by KHK MMA and the Brave CF team worldwide, said Shahid. “Brave 2 will have some exciting fights and more entertainment before and at the event. For global MMA fans we will have some bigger names in the world of fighting and we might even think of dropping in our first title fight. We will close the year for Brave CF in great fashion”, he guaranteed.
Buying Brave Combat Federation is your chance to see some of the toughest fighters in the world going head to head in the BRAVE cage. The action is powerful, the spectacle is amazing and with fighters from all over the world taking part, the competition is intense! A total of 20 fighters from 16 countries - three each from Philippines, US and one each from Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Jordan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia and Sweden will be in the fray competing from 6pm in the preliminaries ranging from the 52kg to 94kg and then from 8pm the main competition ranging from from 61kg to 94kg with the welterweight clashes between Gadzhimusa Gaziev and Carl Booth and Ottman Azaitar and Kevin Koldobsky the main and co-main event of the evening. These classes have been approved after the original title fight between Alan Omer and Masio Fullen was cancelled due to injuries suffered by both fighters.
The event is being held under the patronage of HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa the founder of Khalid Hamad Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts (KHK MMA) team who is also the President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of Bahrain Athletics Association.
The fighters yesterday were working out at Orange Suites in Juffair and today the official weigh-ins are taking place at 6pm ahead of tomorrow’s action at 6pm. In the first-ever BRAVE Combat Federation “The Beginning’ event, Jordanian fighter, Abdulkareem Al Selwady defeated Iraq’s Rami Aziz after four minutes and 30 seconds of the first round with a chokehold in the lightweight division to win the main event back in September.
The event’s line-up schedule: (6pm): Preliminaries: (66kg): Daniel Swain (16-7, US) vs Alex Da Silva (17-0, Brazil). (61kg): Gurdarshan “St. Lion” Mangat (8-1, India) vs Troy “The Hunter” Bantaig (5-4, Philippines). (94kg): Ben “The Spider Monkey” Forsyth (2-0, Ireland) vs Tyree Fortune (1-0, US). (61kg): Ahmed “Prince” Faress (13-1, Egypt) vs Cristian “El Taylon” Quiñones (6-1, Mexico). (52kg): Haidar Farman (Pakistan, 3-1) vs Jomar Paac (2-0, Philippines). Main Card: (8pm): Main Event (77kg) Gadzhimusa Gaziev (7-1, Russia) vs Carl “The Bomber” Booth (6-1, England). Co-Main (77kg): Jarrah “Ziad” Selawe (6-2, Jordan) vs Erik Carlsson (5-1, Sweden). (77kg) Kevin “El General” Koldobsky (6-3 Argentina) vs Ottman Azaitar (6-0, Germany). (61kg) Hamza Kooheji (4-1, Bahrain) vs Jeremy Pacatiw (5-0, Philippines). (66kg) Walel “The Gazelle” Watson (13-8, US) vs Elias Boudegzdame (12-4 France).
Brave 2 tickets are available on sale via www.bravefights.com, Virgin Megastore and at all SADAD kiosks throughout Bahrain.