Results & Rewind: Al-Selwady becomes undisputed champ and Loman defends his title at Brave 18

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.

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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.

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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:

Main card

  • 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

Preliminary card

  • 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

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.

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.