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BRAVE CF 71 Results: Solomanov books title shot as Khamzat Maaev and Ramazan Gitinov steal the show

Jun 19, 2023

BRAVE Combat Federation’s first 2023 card back in the Middle East exploded with action when Kombat Kingdom kicked off in Riffa, Bahrain. BRAVE CF 71 produced non-stop action as sixteen world-class athletes from thirteen nations worldwide descended upon the National Stadium to make their mark on the most-global MMA platform in search of glory, honors, and bragging rights.
The first card of the two-part Kombat Kingdom series opened this year’s fight festival in style, with five stoppages and three decision-wins, captivating BRAVE Nation fans as new contenders and stars arose in the fastest-growing MMA brand. In the main event, a new Featherweight number-one contender stepped up as Ukraine’s Omar Solomanov beat Kazakhstan’s Ilyar Askhanov via unanimous decision.
Solomanov pushed the pace from the first bell and took control of the BRAVE CF cage, putting together decent combinations on the stand-up before applying some pressure wrestling and riding techniques. A telling moment in the fight was when Solomanov used a single-leg entry to secure the double leg, picking Askhanov up and carrying him over to his corner before planting him into the BRAVE CF cage shortly before the end of the first round.
Heading into the second round, Askhanov seemed to tire but quickly got his second breath and did well to do some damage in the clinch, landing sharp elbows. A lack of patience from Solomanov saw the Ukrainian fail to secure three rear-naked chokes due to trying to implement the submission before locking in the correct position.
Nonetheless, Solomanov remained the more active fighter, winning small percentages in the wrestling exchanges before closing the deal close to the end of the fight with a flurry of punches to a grounded Askhanov. Solomanov will now face the winner of incumbent champion Roman Bogatov and challenger Nemat Abdrashitov, who will compete for the title this coming Friday at BRAVE CF 72 in the same venue, and the victorious Ukrainian athlete had a message for the BRAVE CF 145-pound king.
“Roman, good luck and keep my belt ready for me. I am coming for it,” said Solomanov.
The co-main event saw the rising of two new Bantamweight stars and one title contender as BRAVE CF Flyweight Velimurad Alkhasov moved up a division to overcome BRAVE CF debutant and Zimbabwe’s Nicholas Hwende, potentially booking his shot at the 135-pound strap.
BRAVE Combat Federation’s first-ever Olympian Mahmoud Sebie opened up the main card in electric fashion when he chased down his Tunisian opponent Oussama Zeidi before securing the takedown, smothering the BRAVE CF debutant before locking in a figure-four body triangle and working his way to Zeidi’s neck. Once Sebie had control, he put a terrifyingly tight squeeze on Zeidi, who had no choice but to tap just past the one-minute mark of the first round.
Turkey’s fast-rising phenom Khamzat Maaev lived up to the hype in his BRAVE CF debut when he dispatched his Lebanese opponent Elias Farah within the first fifty seconds of the first round in their Super Lightweight bout.
“Borz” kept his opponent at range with thunderous leg kicks before Farah attempted an ineffective single leg which would ultimately be his demise. With his right leg at rest, Maaev rained down a flurry of head punches and elbows to the side of the head, knocking out his opponent.
The heated rivalry between Flyweights Ruel Panales and Maysara Mohamed concluded when Egypt’s Mohamed made light work of his Filipino opponent early in the first round. Mohamed started like a house on fire, implementing beautiful distance management while mixing up side and oblique kicks before delivering an explosive southpaw straight, which immediately shut the lights off of Panales. The build-up to this fight had its fair share of controversy and bad blood, but both fighters and camps showcased good sportsmanship and squashed all beef inside the BRAVE CF cage.
Bantamweights Abdullah AlYaqoob and Kenneth Maningat presented the perfect opening to the BRAVE CF 71 card as both warriors showcased their strength and heart. AlYaqoob gained ascendancy with powerful right hooks and vicious leg kicks, which shook the foundation of his Filipino opponent on two occasions, Kenneth managed to rally back in the beginning of the second round, but Al-Yaqoob regained the upper hand and finished him off.
BRAVE CF 71 Official Results
Featherweight: Omar Solomanov beat Ilyar Askhanov via unanimous decision (30-27 30-27 30-27)
Bantamweight: Velimurad Alkhasov beat Nicholas Hwende via unanimous decision (30-27 30-27 30-27)
Super Lightweight: Abbas Khan beat Omar Hussein via unanimous decision (30-27 30-27 30-27)
Super Lightweight: Mahmoud Sebie beat Oussama Zeidi via submission (rear-naked choke) - 1:12s - Round 1
Lightweight: Ramazan Gitinov beat Abderrahman Errachidy via submission (D’Arce choke) - 1:55s - Round 1
Super Lightweight: Khamzat Maaev beat Elias Farah via KO - 41s - Round 1
Flyweight: Maysara Mohamed beat Ruel Panales via KO - 1:25s - Round 1
Bantamweight: Abdullah AlYaqoob beat Kenneth Maningat via TKO (due to strikes) - 3:15s - Round 2

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