BRAVE 18: AL-SELWADY BECOMES UNDISPUTED CHAMP; LOMAN DEFENDS TITLE
Nov 16, 2018
It was a night to remember for Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady as he became Braveâ€™s undisputed lightweight champion after an injury forced Lucas â€œMineiroâ€ to tap out during the first round of their Brave 18 main event. â€œThe Pride of Palestineâ€ was on point with his striking, forcing the veteran with heavy pressure and connecting with hard straight punches. When the jordanian phenom closed the distance and got a takedown, Mineiroâ€™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 Efrainâ€™s offense 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, but had to settle for a decision loss against Velimurad Alkhasov. Since the Russian powerhouse didnâ€™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 Bahrainâ€™s Hussain Ayyad and 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 â€œMiauâ€ 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 undercard witnessed explosive action featuring upcoming talents from the continent. Gareth Buirski defeated Cedric Doyle by Guillotine Choke in the first round, while Nkosi Ndebele stopped the returning Ahmed Faress after a doctor deemed the Egyptian unable to continue.
Next up for Brave Combat Federation is a return to India, where Hyderabad will witness a middleweight bout between Sidney Wheeler and Leon Aliu as the main event of Brave 20, set for December 22nd.