Brave Combat Federation hosted the promotion’s first edition in South Africa, with local fighters living up to expectation.
In the main event, hot-prospect Mark Hulme got the biggest victory of his professional career as he won a unanimous decision over seasoned veteran in Adam Townsend. Both men were making their promotional debuts, and their fight was one of the most back-and-forth of the action-packed event, leaving fans on their feet.
In the co-main event, Straight Blast Gym standout, Frans Mlambo faced Dansheel Moodley in a bout that marked the dominant return of the gold medalist from 2015 IMMAF World Championship. Mlambo submitted Moodley in the first round to make a memorable return to his nation of origin. In defence of the ever-game Moodley, he stepped in as a last minute replacement for Arnold Quero who had to withdraw from the event due to illness during his weight cut.
Meanwhile, David Bear faced Pawel Kiełek in an explosive bout which showcased intense striking skills by the fighter from France. Bear softened his opponent with vicious strikes which significantly slowed Kiełek down. The OBYFight representative put pressure on Kiełek, who eventually opened his guard letting Bear comfortably land combinations. Finally, a powerful right stopped Kiełek while Bear mauled his opponent forcing the referee to stop the bout.
Carl “Bomber” Booth returned to Brave Combat Federation after a 13-month absence to compete at Brave 19 against dangerous Dino Bagattin. The striker from England didn’t hold back as he set the pace for the bout aggressively, overwhelmed Bagattin with precise striking and good takedown defense, earning his first victory in nearly two years and putting himself back on the chase for Brave gold.
Gold Medalist at the 2017 IMMAF World Championships, Abdul Hussein made a home for himself in the flyweight division as he went the distance against Sylvester Chipfumbu, earning yet another professional win and positioning himself near the top of the division.
The undercard witnessed explosive action featuring upcoming talents from the continent. Gareth Buirski defeated Cedric Doyle by Guillotine Choke in the first round, while Nkosi Ndebele stopped the returning Ahmed Faress after a doctor deemed the egyptian unable to continue.
The full Brave 19 results are below:
- Mark Hulme def. Adam Townsend by unanimous decision
- Frans Mlambo def. Dansheel Moodley by submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1
- David Bear def. Paweł Kiełek by TKO (Strikes) – Round 1
- Carl Booth def. Dino Bagattin by Knock Out – Round 2
- Abdul Hussein def. Sylvester Chipfumbu by Unanimous Decision
- Gareth Buirski def. Cedric Doyle via submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1
- Carlos Graça def. Dimitri Fogg by TKO – Round 1
- Nkosi Ndebele def. Ahmed Faress by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – Round 1
- Alex Martinez def. Hanru Botha via submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 3
- François Meyer def. Jan Paul Ronge via submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1
Next up for Brave Combat Federation is a return to India, where Hyderabad will witness a middleweight bout between Sidney Wheeler and Leon Aliu as the main event of Brave 20, set for December 22nd.