UFC welterweight, Belal Muhammad recently caught up with fellow Palestinian and Brave lightweight champion, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady after the duo started off a friendship via social media which has developed into a combination of forces in the gym.
According to Muhammad, Al-Selwady is a “beast” in training and during fights and will become one of the top lightweights in the world of MMA in no time. Belal was also keen to pass on some advice to his younger friend, saying Al-Selwady shouldn’t rush things and let himself develop naturally.
“I just told him don’t try to rush anything because he’s a monster right now – he’s a beast. Brave is treating him really well and he’s a smart kid… He’s just doing it the smart way” said Muhammad in an interview with Top Turtle Podcast.
Belal talked about their encounter and also revealed that Al-Selwady plans to defend his Brave belt soon, after winning with a decisive TKO victory over the tough and experienced Lucas “Mineiro” back at Brave 18, in November of last year.
“We met each other through social media; MMA brought us together. He’s a good kid…We talked about how we train and what we like to train more. Brave is treating him really well right now so he said he wants to defend the title some more”.
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It was a night to remember for Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady as he became Brave’s undisputed lightweight champion after an injury forced Lucas “Mineiro” to tap out during the first round of their Brave 18 main event.
“The Pride of Palestine” was on point with his striking, heavy pressure and persistent straight punches. When the Jordanian phenom closed the distance and got a takedown, Mineiro’s knee gave out and he was forced to tap out, relinquishing his interim title in the process.
In the co-main event, Stephen Loman was able to nullify the challenger Felipe Efrain’s offence throughout a tense five-round battle, maintaining his bantamweight crown and becoming the first-ever Brave champion to successfully defend his belt twice.
The flyweight title bout was another five-round battle, as Marcel Adur had good moments to close the show and become the first-ever divisional champion. In the end, he had to settle for a decision loss against Velimurad Alkhasov. Since the Russian powerhouse didn’t make weight, the belt remains vacant and both men will most likely rematch in the near future.
Elsewhere, there were landmark TKO wins for Bahrain’s Hussain Ayyad and McGregor teammate, Cian Cowley, as they dominated Mohamed Abo Ali and Hardeep Rai, respectively, finishing them in the first round.
In the main card opening bout, Luan “Miau” Santiago returned to the Brave cage with a flawless and tactical victory, as the one-time title challenger outpointed a tough and resilient Djamil Chan to get back to winning ways for Brave.
The full Brave 18/WFCA 54 full results are as follows:
- Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady def. Lucas Martins via TKO (referee stoppage) in R1
- Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Felipe Efrain via unanimous decision
- Flyweight: Velimurad Alkhasov def. Marcel Adur via unanimous decision
- Flyweight: Hussain Ayyad def. Mohamed Abo Ali via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Catchweight (74 kg): Luan Santiago def. Djamil Chan via unanimous decision
- Catchweight (73 kg): Cian Cowley def. Hardeep Rai via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev def. Marko Kisic via TKO (strikes) in R1
- Bantamweight: Rakhman Dudaev def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision
- Featherweight: Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Rob Emerson via sub (arm-triangle) in R2
- Featherweight: Akhmed Shervaniev def. Antonio Carlos Ribeiro via unanimous decision
- Welterweight: Goity Dazaev def. Vasily Kurochkin via TKO (strikes) in R3
- Featherweight: Anzor Abdulkhozjaev def. Nikolay Kondratuk via TKO (strikes) in R1
Norman Parke is set to rematch an old foe in a dangerous Myles Price in the co-main event at at Brave 13: Europe Evolution. The rematch had been a point of discussion during the points of career of both fighters, and is finally nearing the conclusion on June 9th at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
While heated words bubble between both of the fighters, former UFC and KSW veteran “Stormin” Norman Parke has made a comment which has grabbed the attention of MMA communities in Middle East.
Parke commented on the latest video updated by Brave Combat Federation featuring Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady hinting a possible face off in the future. Abdul Kareem Al Selwady has risen his ranks in the promotion, scoring four victories successively under the Brave CF banner. The lightweight fighter who represents Fortis MMA, Texas is only one victory away from tying the record of the welterweight Jarrah Al Selawe to become the fighter with most number of victories in the promotion.
“This guy is a lightweight fighter, I keep eye on him”, mentioned ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke.
Selwady, nor Brave Combat Federation have responded to the comment. One would assume that once the victor of the Brave 13 clash emerges, this could pave path for new possibilities in the promotion.