Khabib Nurmagomedov attends Brave 18 Bahrain
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (l) at Brave 18 Bahrain / Pic: Supplied

The Brave Combat Federation hosted its eighteenth edition this past Friday (Nov. 16) in Bahrain. “The event featured three championship titles being contested and attracted some of the biggest names, including UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Sean O’Malley, Jose “Shorty” Torres, Jack Black, Lenne Hardt and more,” reads post-event statement sent out by the organization.

“The fight night was a joint promotion between Brave 18 and WFCA 54. The opening bout in the card for Brave Combat Federation featured the promotional debut of latest talents from Sweden and Austria, Khamzat Chimaev and Marko Kisic. Khamsat sent a message to the entire welterweight division of the promotion with a first round TKO victory which highlighted his elite striking skills which was unanswered from Kisic. The second fight in the card featuring Hardeep Rai from the United Kingdom of Cian Cowley from Ireland was among the most awaited bouts of the night. Cowley picked up a win for SBG Ireland improving his record at Brave Combat Federation. Luan Santiago and Djamil Chan went all three rounds in a bout showcasing intense standup action.

Bahrain’s Hussain Ayyad bounced back with a dominating win against Egypt’s Hassan Abo Ali, the 2017 IMMAF medalist went ahead with a TKO finish for his second win at Brave Combat Federation. Velimurad Alkhasov fought under a stipulation since he missed weight for the championship title fight. The stipulation allowed only Adur to win the championship in case of a win. However if Alkhasov wins he will be eligible for a rematch for the world championship title. The bout went the distance, showcasing both striking and wrestling between the two fighters. Velimurad edged out Marcel with a win thereby putting him back in the fight for the world championship title in the near future.

In the co-main event of the night, Stephen Loman from Philippines defended his world championship against Felipe Efrain from Brazil. In a bout that went all the five rounds, Stephen Loman dominated Efrain to win the championship by unanimous decision. Loman is the champion with most number of successful title defences. He was awarded the world championship title by Khabib Nurmagomedov. His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Excellency Alfonso A Ver congratulated Loman on his successful title defense.

Khabib Nurmagomedov awards Palestine MMA champion

In the main event of the evening, Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady became the first fighter from Palestine to contest for a world championship title. He faced the champion Lucas Mineiro from Brazil. The bout was settled in the first round as Al-Selwady slammed Mineiro which injured Mineiro forcing the referee to stop the fight and award the win to Al Selwady. Khabib Nurmagomedov crowned the first MMA champion to come out of Palestine as Al-Selwady became the new lightweight champion at Brave Combat Federation.”

In his previous bout in October, Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight title, when he defeated Conor McGregor by submission in the fourth-round.

The complete fight result from the event in Bahrain can be found below.

Brave 18 Results
Abdul Kareem Al Selwady def. Lucas Mineiro via TKO (Doctor Stoppage, R1)
Stephen Loman def. Felipe Efrain via unanimous decision
Velimurad Alkhasov def. Marcel Adur via unanimous decision
Hussain Ayyad def. Hassan Abo Ali via TKO (R1)
Luan Santiago def. Djamil Chan via unanimous decision
Cian Cowley defeats Hardeep Rai via TKO (R1)
Khamzat Chimaev def. Marko Kisic via TKO (R1)

WFCA 54 Results
Abdul Rakhman Dudaev def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Robert Emerson via submission (Anaconda Choke, R2)
Akhmed Sheraniev def. Antonio Carlos Ribeiro via unanimous decision
Goyti Dazev def. Vasiliy Kurochkin via KO (R3)
Anzor Abdulkhozjaev def. Nikolay Kondratuk via TKO (R1)