With Brave 16: Abu Dhabi all done and dusted, we have a new welterweight champion and a little piece of Brave CF history made too. After a brutal first-round finish, Jarrah Al Selawe became the first fighter from the Gulf to be crowned as a champion under the Brave CF banner.
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 organisation 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.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Bruno Malfacine continues his professional MMA undefeated streak after a dominant submission win over Cris Rodriguez Jr. After some work on the feet, Malfacine took the fight to the mat where he transitioned seamlessly to take the back and inevitably slip in a head-popping rear naked choke midway through the first round. Rodriguez just about immediately conceded the tap, allowing Malfacine to get his hand raised once again.
In other bouts, Lebanese star, Mohammed Fakhreddine suffered his second defeat in Brave CF to the hands of Dagestan native, Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev by TKO.
Swedish national, Dmitrijs Homjakovs faced Mounir Lazzez in arguably the most exciting fight of the night. Lazzez stood his ground, attempting to grasp the timing of Homjakovs throwing his own punches and elbows. Just when Homjakovs seemed to be in control, the Tunisian knocked him down with a short right hand. Homjakovs somehow withstood the subsequent punishment but Lazzez’s swarm was in the end too much, forcing the stoppage in the second round.
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 and then closed the fight by mixing in a pair of takedowns before slugging it out to the bell.
As Brave CF continues their promotional climb with a declaration of upcoming worldwide events, the standard of fights in their last few events has been top class and it will be interesting to see where the promotion ascends to in the next year. If they continue to add legitimate talent to their ranks as they have been, the world really is their oyster.
– Brad Dalrymple
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