BRAVE CF 12: ELDAROV DOMINATES HOOI; AL-SELAWE BEATS HADBI
May 11, 2018
Brave Combat Federationâ€™s first foray into South East Asia ended with a dominant performance for KHK MMAâ€™s Eldar Eldarov as he returned from injury with a unanimous decision over a tough Brian Hooi. In the co-main event, Brave 12: KHK Legacy saw Jarrah Al-Selawe survive a good first round by Tahar Hadbi to become the first-ever fighter to hold five wins for Brave. Overall, fighters from KHK MMA fight team did well, earning important wins for the promotion, whose president Mohammed Shahid was on site in Jakarta to watch the action.
Eldarov, a longtime Lightweight contender, reinserted himself in the conversation for the title, as he won his third bout for the organization. The Russian, who was cornered by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, implemented a wrestling-based gameplan and was able to neutralize Hooiâ€™s dangerous stand-up. Eldar was also effective with leg kicks and injured the Dutch prospectâ€™s right knee. However, Hooi was able to pull through until the final bell.
In the co-main event, Jordanâ€™s Jarrah Al-Selawe had a very interesting matchup with French-Algerian Tahar Hadbi and came out victorious after a grueling three-round war. â€œThe Jordanian Lionâ€ lost the first round, but was able to impose his will in the next two frames and rocked â€œFast Handsâ€ several times during the last five minutes, earning himself a title shot against current Welterweight champion Carlston Harris.
Former UFC fighters Leonardo Mafra and Mehdi Baghdad were both out of luck as they were dominated by Gadzhimusa Gaziev and Pawel Kielek, respectively. Mafra started well but ended up suffering a knee injury, and the fight was over right before the end of the first round. â€œThe Sultanâ€ had no answers for the grappling of Kielek, who was able to dictate the pace of the fight and use his wrestling to keep Baghdad at bay throughout the three rounds.
Meanwhile, in the Featherweight division, Bahrainâ€™s Hamza Kooheji was defeated for the first time in his Brave career as he was forced to tap from a rear-naked choke locked in by debutant Khalid Taha. â€œThe Pride of Bahrainâ€ is now 3-1 for Brave Combat Federation and 6-2 in his overall MMA career. Taha, on the other hand, improves to 12-1 as a professional mixed martial artist.