Results and Rewind: Brave 19 – SBG Ireland’s Frans Mlambo and Englishman Carl Booth impress in South Africa

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.

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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:

Main card

  • 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

Undercard

  • 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.

Report: Carl Booth hopes to impress at Brave 19 to set himself up for a main event spot on England card

Carl Booth hopes to stake a claim among the top Brave fighters with a win in his return bout. Set to come back from a 13-month layoff, the englishman takes on Dino Bagattin at Brave 19, Sun City, South Africa this weekend.

The Nottingham-based welterweight hopes a win over Bagattin will be enough to land him a top spot in a Brave event in 2019 and dreams of headlining a show in his native England.

“I believe I will be headlining a show for Brave next year after I smash my way through the division, starting with Dino. Hopefully, I can fight in a packed arena in front of my fans in England. Our fans are the best and I want to make sure they experience a Brave card sometime soon. Northern Ireland and Ireland also have a lot of great fighters, and that’s why Brave went to Belfast”, ponders Booth.

“I’ve added loads of new weapons in my time away. I’ve had some injuries, but I’ve had time to train and improve and I think this new version of myself is going to be too much for him to handle. My style is too much for him, but I do expect him to come in strong and give me a good fight”, says “The Bomber”.

Brave 19 will be headlined by a welterweight clash between promotional newcomers Adam Townsend and Mark Hulme this weekend.

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Also on tap for the promotion’s first trip to South Africa, is a bantamweight duel between contenders Frans Mlambo and Arnold Quero and the return of Pawel Kielek, who meets David Bear in a welterweight fight with possible title implications.

Morning report: Arnold Quero looks to demolish a second Brazilian at Brave 14

Brave 14 has an intriguing match-up at bantamweight, as Arnold Quero from France goes for his second straight win for the promotion against Felipe Efrain on the main card of the show, set for August 18th at the Omnisports Indoor Club, in Tangier, Morocco.

The Frenchman got his first win for Brave CF against Caio Gregório back at Brave 11, in Belo Horizonte. A local hero, Gregório couldn’t handle Quero’s striking and “Silverback” hopes for the same effect against another Brazilian in Efrain.

“I loved fighting in Brazil, the energy of the crowd was amazing, and I hope to face another Brazilian soon”, said Quero right after taking care of business at Brave 11.

Now his wish has come true and he will be making his bantamweight debut against former top contender, Felipe Efrain.

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The Brazilian was set to challenge Stephen Loman for the title, but fell short against Frans Mlambo and will try to bounce back against Quero.

Brave 14 will be headlined by a featherweight match-up, as Jeremy Kennedy takes on Danyel Pilò. The co-main event will pit welterweights Sidney Wheeler and Abdoul Abdouraguimov.

Insight: Kavanagh highlights the impact of Brave CF in Ireland & UK

Veteran Coach John Kavanagh has highlighted the key impact of Brave Combat Federation in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The promotion had made their entry into Europe with Brave 13: Europe Evolution hosted on 9th June at the SSE Arena in Belfast. The event features the first ever championship title defence in the bantamweight division by Stephen Loman from Team Lakay, Philippines facing 2015 IMMAF gold medalist Frans Mlambo from SBG Ireland.

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The fight card features multiple fights from Ireland and the United Kingdom in the main card and the preliminary card. The promotion had stated that Europe will be among the focal areas for the promotion to host regular events. The promotion is found by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa from the Royal family of Bahrain.

“Brave Combat Federation is one of the worlds biggest organisations so its great for Ireland to have them visit”, commented Kavanagh.

Just five days from now, Brave Combat Federation will roll into Belfast’s SSE Arena to host their first ever fight card on European soil. The event is packed full of interesting battles including a stud rematch between Norman Parke and Myles Price. The full card is listed below.

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News: SBG Ireland’s Frans Mlambo voices his opinion on rematch requests ahead of title fight

Brave Combat Federation’s bantamweight contender Frans Mlambo has given his opinion on the potential rematches requested by both Michael Diega Scheck and Felipe Efrain. Both of the fights Frans Mlambo had against Michael Diega Scheck and Felipe Efrain ended in controversial referee stoppages which gave Mlambo the win.

Diega Scheck and Efrain have been campaigning for a rematch ever since, while Mlambo is finally set to face the current champion Stephen Loman for the bantamweight championship.

“What the referee was thinking is not in my control. That is the official decision and they must contest the referee. In order to earn my rematch against Stephen Loman, I had to go through Jalal Al Daja, Diega Scheck and Efrain. The same applies for Diega Scheck and Efrain. They have to fight and prove that they are worthy to get a rematch since I am on a 3 fight winning streak. I would suggest that Diega must fight Efrain and whoever wins advances to the next level.”, said Mlambo.

 

Mlambo has the chance to become the second champion from Straight Blast Gym Ireland after his team-mate Conor McGregor. This will also make him the first South African fighter to be given an opportunity to fight for the bantamweight championship.

Exclusive: Brave CF bantamweight champion Loman accepts Mlambo title challenge

Frans Mlambo continued his impressive form for Brave Combat Federation with an impressive yet somewhat controversial TKO win over Felipe Efraim. Now, he has his eyes on a rematch with reigning Brave CF bantamweight champion Stephen Loman.

The South African prodigy who is training at Straight Blast Gym Ireland, shocked the audience at Jordan during Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises when he dropped Felipe Efrain from Chute Boxe, Brazil during the first round of the bout. Though the fight ended in a controversial early stoppage, Mlambo dominated the fight from bell to bell, raining punches down on Efrain.

“I had clearly dropped Efrain for the first time, while my corner advised me to let him rise so that I can finish clean and safe by a uppercut while his guard was still down. So despite the controversy, the result will not be altered. That day as promised, the world witnessed a different Frans Mlambo. I aim to go for the Bantamweight title of the promotion in a rematch against Stephen Loman. I am respectful towards him and towards his team, it will be a great fight. Once I win the championship I am ready to take up the challenge requested by Felipe Efrain.” said Mlambo.

Responding to Mlambo, Loman posted congratulating Mlambo and accepting the chance to face him at Brave Combat Federation. The fighters last met in Brave’s inaugural event, Brave 1 : Bahrain in September 2016. On that occasion, Loman emerged with the unanimous decision victory and went on to claim the bantamweight crown at Brave 9 : The Kingdom of Champions with a TKO win over defending champion Gurdarshan Mangat.

With the bantamweight division of Brave Combat Federation diversifying quickly, a multitude of fighters are pushing to claim the bantamweight throne in one of the most dynamic divisions in the promotion.