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
Conor McGregor’s SBG teammate, Cian Cowley has extended his current contract with Brave Combat Federation and he will be competing in the Kingdom of Bahrain in November. Continue reading “Report: SBG’s Cian Cowley set to compete at Brave 18 in Bahrain”
The UFC returns to Sao Paolo, Brazil, this Saturday for UFC Fight Night 137 and MMAMotion staff have made their picks to help you attempt to make some bank from the bookies. Continue reading “Staff Picks: UFC Fight Night 137 – Santos vs. Anders”
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. Continue reading “Recap: Brave 16 is in the books and new champions are crowned”
We head to North West England for this instalment of Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA, in particular, the county of Merseyside.
Merseyside is now hailed for its fighting brawn. In recent years it has been propelled by names such as UFC title challenger Darren Till, Cage Warriors’ fan favourite Paddy Pimblett, boxing star Tony Bellew and once Cage Warriors champion and UFC newcomer Molly McCann. With notable names like that being produced on a somewhat regular basis, it is clear to see why there is a certain buzz in the fighting world around the talent that has recently emerged from the area. Continue reading “Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA: Liam Gittins”
Saturday 8th September – Devenish Complex, Belfast, N. Ireland.
The main event sees a bantamweight title fight between ZKJ’s Ciaran Breslin and Fight Academy Ireland’s Glenn McVeigh for the Cage Warriors Academy Ireland bantamweight Title.
Continue reading “Live Results – Cage Warriors Academy: Belfast”
With Brent Primus already having one up on Micheal Chandler, he is very keen to prove his victory wasn’t a fluke by trying to persuade Chandler to sign on the dotted line for a second bout.
Chandler, who is just after securing a new deal with Bellator, has been pressured by Primus to sign a bout agreement. The expletives were in full flow, as Brent is wanting to jump back in after recovering from a multitude of niggling injuries. This will be his first fight since taking the belt off “Iron” with a 1st round TKO in NYC in June 2017.
Continue reading “Report: Brent Primus tells Michael Chandler to “sign the contract b*tch””
Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock St, Liverpool – Saturday 1st September 2018
CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. In the main event, local hero and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will bid to become the organisation’s lightweight world champion when he takes on in-form Norwegian ‘The True Viking’ Søren Bak for the vacant 155lb title.
The four-fight main card also features the latest bout in the career of rising English lightweight Jack Grant, who will look to extend his winning streak to six with a victory over Aleksi Mäntykivi. And the main card will kick off with the return of former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas “Locomotivo” Dalby, who will take on undefeated Italian prospect Roberto ‘Minotauro’ Allegretti.
Results will be updated below and on the @MMAMotion Twitter page:
- Søren Bak def. Paddy Pimblett via Unanimous Decision
- Jonas Billstein def. Mick Stanton via submission
- Jack Grant def. Aleksi Mäntykivi via KO (Round 1)
- Nicolas Dalby def. Roberto Allegretti via submission (Round 2)
- Tim Barnett vs. Matthew Bonner majority Draw
- Mahmod Faour def. Elliot Jenkins via TKO (Round 2)
- Sam Creasey def. Coner Hignett via TKO (Round 1)
- Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar def. Anthony O’Connor via KO (Round 2)
- Liam Gittins def. Kevin Cordero Lopez via KO (Round 1)
Pimblett vs. Bak was made official this afternoon at the CW96 Iso-Sport weigh-ins. After one of the most eventful weigh-ins of the 2018 calendar, the talk is over… and all that’s left to do is fight. Continue reading “Weigh-in Results: Cage Warriors 96”
CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. Continue reading “Report: Cage Warriors 96 full fight card”