Brave Combat Federation
|Industry||Mixed martial arts promotion|
|Founder||Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa|
|Mohammed "The Hawk" Shahid (President)|
Valeria Lang (Chief Operating Officer)
Brave Combat Federation is the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the Middle East. The organization was established on 23 September 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Brave Combat Federation features mixed martial artists from more than 40 nations located in five continents. Brave Combat Federation events are aired though multiple media partners including El Rey Network, Combate, Myx TV, S+A ESPN 5 and Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation. Brave Combat Federation produced six pay-per-view events apart from announcing events in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.
The organization was formally launched in 2016 and has established operations in Dublin, São Paulo and Mumbai prior to launching events and for talent relations. Brave Combat Federation, alongside the holding company, KHK MMA and Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation hosted the IMMAF World Championships in November, 2017., a partnership which was renewed for 2018 and 2019
- 1 History
- 1.1 KHK MMA
- 1.2 Launch of Brave Combat Federation
- 1.3 2017
- 1.4 2018
- 1.5 2019
- 2 Rules
- 3 Weight divisions and champions
- 4 Brave Combat Federation Title history
- 4.1 Brave Combat Federation Light Heavyweight Championship
- 4.2 Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Championship
- 4.3 Brave Combat Federation Super Lightweight Championship
- 4.4 Brave Combat Federation Lightweight Championship
- 4.5 Brave Combat Federation Featherweight Championship
- 4.6 Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Championship
- 5 Events
- 6 Brave Combat Federation Records
- 7 Broadcast
- 8 Film Production
- 9 BRAVE International Combat Week
- 10 See also
- 11 References
KHK MMA is a Bahrain based mixed martial arts organization which promotes the growth of mixed martial arts in the region. KHK MMA is also the holding company of Brave Combat Federation. KHK MMA was established by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Bahrain MMA is the official gym for KHK MMA. KHK MMA launched operations of Brave Combat federation on July 27, 2016 and officially launched the promotion on 23 September 2016. KHK MMA Fight Team features fighters from multiple promotions including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Frankie Edgar, Jose Torres  and James Gallagher. Coaches and UFC Hall of Famers like Renzo Gracie, John Kavanagh, Bob Schirmer, and Pete Williams are also working with KHK MMA.
Launch of Brave Combat Federation
After establishing KHK MMA as a rising force within the MMA world, Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa started working towards introducing a global event.
Brave Combat Federation was officially launched during a press conference held in the Kingdom of Bahrain on July 27th, 2016. Less than two months later, Brave 1: The Beginning took place in Isa Town, Bahrain, on September 23rd, 2016, a date which coincided with Sheikh Khalid's birthday. Brave rounded up the first few months of its operations with Brave 2: Dynasty, also taking place in Bahrain
After capturing the attention of the MENA region, with two shows in Bahrain, Brave took the step to further develop the brand in other regions, as well as strengthening Bahraini sports' position in the international scene. Brazil was chosen to be the first country to host a Brave event outside its homeland, with future Lightweight champions Lucas "Mineiro" Martins and Luan Santiago, as well as former Welterweight titleholder Carlston Harris among the fighters who made their promotional debuts at Brave 3: Battle in Brazil. The fight card was also the first appearance of former UFC champion and KHK MMA fighter Frankie Edgar as a color commentator
First World champion
Continuing its trend of international fight nights, Brave Combat Federation made its debut in Abu Dhabi and crowned its first-ever world champion. French-Algerian submission specialist Elias Boudegzdame defeated Masio Fullen in the main event of Brave 4: Unstoppable and became the promotion's maiden Featherweight world champion.
The show also witnessed the promotional debut of Middle East superstar Mohammad Fakhreddine, who was scheduled to headline Brave 1: The Beginning before he suffered an injury. "The Latest" faced off against Brazil's Vinicius Cruz and won by TKO in the second round.
Trips to India, Kazakhstan, and Mexico
Brave 6: Kazakhstan happened a week later, in Almaty, where future Super Lightweight world champion Eldar Eldarov bested Brazilian Henrique Rasputin by TKO. It was also home to the first-ever Brave female fight, as Flyweight Mariya Agapova beat Yulia Litvinceva by TKO in the first round.
Two new World champions
For Brave 8: The Rise of Champions, the promotion went back to Curitiba, Brazil, after its successful debut in March. It was the first time Brave put two different titles on the line, with Welterweights Carl Booth and Mohammad Fakhreddine initially scheduled to face off, as well as Light Heavyweights Klidson de Abreu and Timo Feucht.
On the eve of weigh-ins, Fakhreddine was forced to pull out of the fight after feeling ill during the weight-cut process. He was substituted by Carlston Harris , who ended up surprising Booth and winning the title by decision.
In the main event, Klidson de Abreu bested Timo Feucht and became the first Brazilian champion for BRAVE 
Return to Bahrain with International Combat Week
For the year's last event, Brave decided to create the first-ever International Combat Week, in partnership with the IMMAF. The agreement stated that the ICW would happen for, at least, the next three years, with a Brave show closing out the Amateur World Championships.
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions also crowned two new titleholders, at Lightweight and Bantamweight.
Ottman Azaitar beat Alejandro "Pato" Martínez in the main event to capture the Lightweight belt, while Stephen Loman knocked out Gurdarshan Mangat to become the first-ever Bantamweight champion..
Elias Boudegzdame was initially scheduled to defend his Featherweight title against Lucas "Mineiro" Martins, but the bout was called off after the challenger fell ill during the weight cut.
First title defense
After not being able to defend his belt at Brave 9, Elias "Smile" Boudegzdame was scheduled to take on Jakub Kowalewicz in the main event of Brave 10, the first event of 2018, which also served as Brave's debut in Jordan.
Boudegzdame made history in the main event of Brave 10, as he successfully defended his Featherweight title with a fourth-round submission of Kowalewicz, in a night marked by a clean sweep of Jordanian fighters.
Return to Brazil and Indonesia debut
In March of 2018, the promotion returned for its third event in Brazil, this time in Belo Horizonte, for another title doubleheader. Lucas "Mineiro" Martins won the interim Lightweight belt in the main event, beating Luan "Miau" Santiago by TKO in the last seconds of their fight, while Klidson de Abreu successfully defended his Light Heavyweight throne by submitting Matt Baker, who stood in for Kennedy Nzechukwu, forced to pull out due to injury.
In the main event, Eldar Eldarov continued his winning streak by outpointing Brian Hooi in the scorecards, going 3-0 for Brave CF.
Brave's maiden trip to Europe took place at The SSE Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as the promotion organized BRAVE 13: Europe Evolution, on June 9th, with 28 fighters from 15 nations in action.
In the main event, then-Lightweight champion Ottman Azaitar moved up to Welterweight to face Danijel Kokora and came out victorious via first-round TKO.
A few weeks after his appearance at Brave 14, Azaitar was stripped of his Lightweight title for not defending it. The vacated belt would be contested later in the year, at Brave 18.
The show was also marked by the debuts of former UFC fighter Jeremy Kennedy, who beat Danyel Pilo in the co-main event, and future Welterweight world champion Abdoul Abdouraguimov, winner via TKO in the first round against Sidney Wheeler.
Furthermore, the Moroccan crowd witnessed Brave's fastest-ever KO, as Djamil Chan ended Alejandro "Pato" Martinez's night at 29 seconds of their bout.
New territories and return to Abu Dhabi
After its first trip to Africa, Brave returned to South America, this time hosting its first-ever Colombia event. Brave 15 took place in Bucaramanga and featured former UFC standout Godofredo Pepey taking on local star Alex "Rolo" Torres in the main event, and other six Brazilian fighters scheduled to take on other Latin American athletes from Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Peru, with a clean sweep for Brazil, including Pepey submitting Torres and debut victories for Featherweight Gabriel "Fly" Miranda and Welterweight Geraldo "Luan Santana" Neto
Sandwiched between two events in new territories (the other being Brave 17, in Pakistan) was the return of Brave to Abu Dhabi. The fight card for Brave 16 was topped by a title doubleheader as Carlston Harris (Welterweight) and Elias Boudegzdame (Featherweight) looked to defend their crowns in the two main fights.
As in other countries, Brave also became the first global event to host a fight night in Pakistan. Brave 17 took place in Lahore and saw the emergence of Abdoul Abdouraguimov as a title contender, with the French-Russian submission specialist dominating veteran Rodrigo Cavalheiro en route to a unanimous decision victory
International Combat Week 2018
The second edition of the International Combat Week, which culminated with Brave 18, was scheduled between November 12th and November 17th, with the promotion's return to Bahrain coming on November 16th.
Brave 18 was initially scheduled with three title fights, a first in company history. The Lightweight division would have a new champion after Ottman Azaitar's departure, Bantamweight kingpin Stephen Loman would look to defend his crown once again, while Velimurad Alkhasov and Marcel Adur would fight for the inaugural Flyweight crown
In the main event of the evening, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady stopped Lucas "Mineiro" Martins, then interim champion, and unified the Lightweight championship, which was vacated earlier in the year due to inactivity by Ottman Azaitar.
Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman became the first titleholder to defend his crown twice for Brave as he beat Brazil's Felipe Efrain by decision in the co-main event.
The Flyweight division remained without a champion, as Velimurad Alkhasov beat Marcel Adur via unanimous decision. Since the Russian powerhouse missed weight, the title would only be up for grabs in case of a win for Adur
December 2018 was the busiest month in the promotion's short history. Brave organized three events in three different countries, with a total of 12 shows in 12 nations for 2018.
In the main event, South African prospect Mark Hulme beat American veteran Adam Townsend by unanimous decision, in a violent bout, marked by a cut in Townsend's scalp, coming from an elbow from his opponent
Two weeks later, the promotion made its much-awaited return to India, this time in Hyderabad, where Sidney Wheeler was initially scheduled to take Leon Aliu in the main event. However, Aliu was forced to pull out due to injury and was replaced by Khamzat Chimaev.
The Swede continued his trend of first-round TKO's by ending Wheeler's night after only 35 seconds, despite having only nine days to prepare for his first main event with Brave.
Debut in the Philippines
With the success of Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman, Brave announced in November of 2018 it would make its debut in the Philippines in 2019. After weeks of speculation, Brave 22 was announced for March 15th, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The show featured the third title defense of Loman's title, as he took on former Featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame, dropping down to Bantamweight for the first time under Brave.
The show would initially feature the debut of amateur world champion Jose Torres, who would take on Amir Albazi in the co-main event.
However, the American fighter was forced to withdraw due to injury and the bout was moved to Brave 23.
In the main event, Loman maintained his undefeated Brave record with another dominant performance, knocking out Boudegzdame in the fourth round of their championship bout
Return to Jordan and Super Lightweight debut
Brave 23: Pride and Honor took place on April 19th, in Amman, Jordan, and the biggest story was the inauguration of the Super Lightweight division, with a title fight between Eldar Eldarov and Mounir Lazzez
Aside from that, Brave 23 also featured another two title fights, with the main event happening between Welterweight champion Jarrah Al-Selawe and challenger Abdoul Abdouraguimov. The bout was also the official start of the Welterweight division as a 175lbs weight class
Finally, Lightweight world champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady would look to defend his title against Luan "Miau" Santiago, who was fresh off a decision victory against Djamil Chan
In the main event, Abdouraguimov won a split decision to become the new Welterweight world champion in a very closely contested bout
Eldarov became the first-ever Super Lightweight champion with a decision victory over Mounir Lazzez, and Luan Santiago also knocked Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady off his throne with a spinning elbow KO.
Brave Combat Federation follows the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission..
After the Association of Boxing Commissions approved the opening of new weight classes , Brave announced it would become the first international promotion to introduce a Super Lightweight division, as well as pushing the Welterweight limit to 175 lbs .
Weight divisions and champions
Brave Combat Federation has following weight classes:
|Weight class name||Upper limit||Current champion||Date won||Title Defenses|
|in pounds (lb)||in kilograms (kg)|
|Bantamweight||135||61.2||Stephen Loman||November 17, 2017||3|
|Featherweight||145||65.8||Bubba Jenkins||July 25, 2019||2|
|Lightweight||155||70.3||Cleiton Silva||August 30, 2019||0|
|Super Lightweight||165||74.8||Eldar Eldarov||April 19, 2019||0|
|Welterweight||175||79.4||Jarrah Al-Selawe||October 4, 2019||0|
Brave Combat Federation Title history
Brave Combat Federation Light Heavyweight Championship
- 186 to 205 lbs (84.3 to 93 kg)
|1|| Klidson Farias
def. Timo Feucht
|Brave CF 8: The Rise of Champions
|August 12, 2017||
1. def. Matt Baker at Brave 11 on April 13, 2018
|Klidson de Abreu vacated his title and parted ways with Brave CF on July 5, 2018|
Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Championship
- 166 to 175 lbs (75.3 kg to 79.4 kg)
Brave Combat Federation Super Lightweight Championship
- 156 to 165 lbs (70.8 kg to 74.9 kg)
|1|| Eldar Eldarov
def. Mounir Lazzez
|Brave CF 23: Pride and Honor
|April 19, 2019|
Brave Combat Federation Lightweight Championship
- 146 to 155 lbs (66.2 to 70.3 kg)
|1|| Ottman Azaitar
def. Alejandro Martinez
|Brave CF 9
Isa Town, Bahrain
|November 17, 2017|
|Ottman Azaitar was stripped of his title and released by Brave on September 19, 2018 for not defending the belt|
|-|| Lucas Martins
def. Luan Santiago for Interim Title
|Brave CF 11
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
|April 13, 2018|
|2|| Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady
def. Lucas Martins in Title unification bout
|Brave CF 18
Isa Town, Bahrain
|November 16, 2018|
|3||Luan Santiago||Brave CF 23
|April 19, 2019|
|4||Cleiton Silva||Brave CF 25
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
|August 30, 2019|
Brave Combat Federation Featherweight Championship
- 136 to 145 lbs (61.7 to 65.8 kg)
|1|| Elias Boudegzdame
def. Masio Fullen
|Brave 4: Unstoppable
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
|May 31, 2017||
1. def. Jakub Kowalewicz at Brave X: The Kingdom Rises on March 2, 2018
|2||Bubba Jenkins||Brave CF 16
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
|September 21, 2018||
1. def. Lucas Martins at Brave CF 24 on July 25, 2019
Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Championship
- 126 to 135 lbs (57.1 to 61.2 kg)
Brave Combat Federation has held events in 15 countries during its two-plus years of operations. Brave has been to Bahrain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Colombia, Pakistan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines.
The expansion of Brave has been a wish of president Mohammed "The Hawk" Shahid, who claimed the idea behind going to different continents is to provide athletes with a truly global platform so they can showcase their talents, give opportunities to local fighters to shine in the international stage , as well as show that Brave is "the fastest growing promotion in the world" 
|Brave 25: Santiago vs. Silva||Brazil||Arena Minas Tennis Club, Belo Horizonte||August 30, 2019|
|Brave 24: London||United Kingdom||Copper Box Arena, London||July 25, 2019|
|Brave 23: Pride and Honor||Jordan||Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall, Amman||April 19, 2019|
|Brave 22: Storm of Warriors||Philippines||Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila||March 15, 2019|
|Brave 21: Saudi Arabia||Saudi Arabia||King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall, Jeddah||December 28, 2018|
|MTV Brave 20||India||Gachibowli Indoor Stadium, Hyderabad||December 22, 2018|
|Brave 19: Africa Combat Week 2018||South Africa||Super Bowl at Sun City Resort, Sun City, North West||December 8, 2018|
|Brave 18: International Combat Week 2018||Bahrain||Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town||November 16, 2018|
|Brave 17: Pakistan||Pakistan||Nishtar Park Sports Concert, Lahore||October 27, 2018|
|Brave 16: Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||Mubadala Arena, Abu Dhabi||September 21, 2018|
|Brave 15: Colombia||Colombia||Coliseo Bicentenario, Bucaramanga||September 7, 2018|
|Brave 14: Morocco||Morocco||Omnisports Indoor Club of Tangier, Tangier||August 18, 2018|
|Brave 13: European Evolution||Northern Ireland||SSE Arena, Belfast||June 9, 2018|
|Brave 12: KHK Legacy||Indonesia||Balai Sarbini, Jakarta||May 11, 2018|
|Brave 11: Mineiro vs Santiago||Brazil||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte||April 13, 2018|
|Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises||Jordan||Prince Hamzah Sporting Hall, Amman||March 2, 2018|
|Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions||Bahrain||Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town||November 17, 2017|
|Brave 8: The Rise of Champions||Brazil||Taruma, Curitiba||August 12, 2017|
|Brave 7: Untamed||Mexico||Plaza de Toros, Caliente Casino, Tijuana||July 29, 2017|
|Brave 6: Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||Almaty Arena, Almaty||April 29, 2017|
|Brave 5: Go For Glory||India||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai||April 23, 2017|
|Brave 4: Unstoppable||United Arab Emirates||IPIC Arena, Abu Dhabi||March 31, 2017|
|Brave 3: Battle in Brazil||Brazil||Max Rosenmann Arena, Curitiba||March 18, 2017|
|Brave 2: Dynasty||Bahrain||Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town||December 2, 2016|
|Brave: The Beginning||Bahrain||Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town||September 23, 2016|
- Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation
- OSN Sports
- El Rey Network
- Abu Dhabi Sports
- Myx TV
- ESPN 5
- MTV India
- Fite TV
Brave Combat Federation announced last year the creation of BRAVE TV, an online subscription service in which fans would be able to watch live events, as well as reruns of old shows. Brave 23 was available on the newly-formed online streaming platform to fans from all over the world, except for those territories contemplated with preexisting TV deals.
- Cyrus Fees: Play-by-play commentator
- Frankie Edgar: Color Commentator
- Nate Quarry: Color Commentator
- Alex Soto: Color Commentator
- Phil Campbell: Color Commentator
- Carlos Kremer: Cage announcer
- Cris Cyborg: Guest commentator
- Noel O'Keefe
- Kirik Jenness
SMILE - Documentary
Brave Combat Federation has announced initiation of operations of their subsidiary film production unit named Brave Films. To commence operations the film production unit producted the television documentary-drama "SMILE" on 26 June during Eid. The documentary narrates the story of the featherweight champion of Brave Combat Federation and behind the scenes of his training leading to the championship bout. The content was shot extensively in Montpellier, France and Tijuana, Mexico apart from locations in Bahrain and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The initiative was publicised to popularise mixed martial arts and to showcase the lifestyle of fighters and marks the launch of “Brave Films”, a film production segment by Brave Combat Federation.
BRAVE International Combat Week
IMMAF president Kerrith Brown was present at the official announcement, in which Bahrain MMA Association president Khalid Abdulaziz Al Khayyat praised Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa's commitment to creating a culture for mixed martial arts in the region and claimed this shift as a deal closer for the world championships to move to Bahrain.
In addition to the world championships, BRAVE president Mohammed "The Hawk" Shahid announced in the same press conference that the promotion would host a show in the same week as the World Championships, saying it would be "one of the biggest fight weeks we've seen in Middle East combat sports history", which was named International Combat Week
Organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the first International Combat Week was held from November 12th to November 19th, with BRAVE 9 taking place on November 17th, featuring two title fights.
The 2018 International Combat Week took place between November 11th and November 18th, with BRAVE 18 taking place on November 16th.
BRAVE 18 crowned a new Lightweight champion in Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady, and Stephen Loman retained his Bantamweight title by defending it against Brazil's Felipe Efrain.
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