It was an evening of high drama and excitement last Friday inside Amman’s Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall, and it will be a night that will live long in the memory of those fans fortunate enough to witness the action unfold.
The Bahrain-based promotion had put together a stacked card for Brave 23: Pride and Honor, and the event had a lot to live up to in terms of expectations. Thankfully, for everyone involved, Brave 23 not only lived up to expectations, but it also surpassed them.
The 12-bout card which took place in front of a passionate and partisan crowd, had everything an MMA fan could want, knockouts, spectacular fights, history-making performances and a hearty dose of controversy.
A New Welterweight King Is Crowned
If any fighter is ever looking for confirmation that the saying “never leave it in the hands of the judges” is as valid today as it was when first uttered, one conversation with Jarrah Al-Selawe will supply them with all the proof they need.
Al-Selawe was forced to relinquish his Brave Welterweight World Title after losing via split decision to Frenchman Abdoul Abdouraguimov in the evening’s main event.
It was a contest where both fighters had moments when they were in the ascendancy which meant an abosrbing and exhilarating experience for the fans.
The opening round was a virtual stalemate up until the last few moments when Abdouraguimov got the takedown he was looking for. The 23-year old is ruthless on the ground and had Al-Selawe in all sorts of difficulties before the siren sounded.
Al-Selawe spurred on by his hometown support, came out stronger in the second and after surviving another ground exchange began to fire back with some heavy shots of his own once the fight was standing.
It was during the third frame when “The Jordanian Lion” found his attacking rhythm. The champion began putting together increasingly effective striking combinations that had the crowd in raptures. Abdouraguimov still looked dangerous but it seemed that Al-Selawe was begnning to take control of the bout.
By the fourth, Al-Selawe was stuffing takedown attempts with relative ease. Towards the end of round four After taking the back of Abdouraguimov, Al-Selawe began raining down shots, only to have one of these blows deemed an illegal strike. The referee then made the call to deduct a point.
The hometown hero came out firing in the fifth pouring on the pressure in search of a finish. The finish failed to arrive, but when the siren sounded, it appeared the belt was staying in Amman.
However the judges felt that the challenger had done enough in the openeing three rounds to secure victory which meant Abdouraguimov was crowned as the new Brave Welterweight World Champion.
The decision was controversial , to say the least, to the homecrowd . Al-Selawe had been so dominant in the final two rounds that it was easy to forget how close the second and third round had been.
It would seem that a rematch may be in order and if it does it happen then fans can count themselves lucky if they get the opportunity see these two world-class fighters squaring off against each other again
Eldar Eldarov Makes MMA History
Open the record books and insert the name Eldar Eldarov, because the Bahraini-Russian is now the sports first Super Lightweight World Champion.
The Sambo specialist put on an MMA masterclass throughout all five rounds of the inaugural Brave Super Lightweight World Championship bout. In the process, he handed Mounir “Sniper” Lazzez the first professional loss of his career
The final scorecards read 50-45,50-45,49-46. It was a complete shutout by Eldarov, who was able to nullify the dangerous striking threat posed by Lazzez.
Carvalho Captures Lightweight Strap
It took less than a round for Luan Santiago Carvalho to dispatch reigning lightweight champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady. A stunning spinning elbow from the Brazilian dropped Al-Selwady; who was making his first title defense.
Right from the outset, Carvalho appeared to a man on a mission. He had previously fought for the belt at Brave 11 and had been on his way to victory until a last-minute injury derailed his title shot
However a fired up Carvalho put the ghosts of his MMA past to bed at Brave 23 and it will be interesting to see who the Brave matchmakers give him next.
Two Fighters Make Their Case For A Title Shot
If you had not heard of Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev before tonight, you should expect to hear a lot more about him going forward. The welterweight’s brutal KO of Russia’s Ikram Aliskerov was equal measures terrifying and awe-inspiring in its execution.
Aliskerov was undefeated coming into this bout but was unable to find his attacking rhythm. Chimaev’s opening round victory should position him for a run at the strap in the near future,
The same could be said for bantamweight Aiden James. The Welshman stopped Jordan’s Jalal Al Daaja and will no doubt be chasing a fight with the division’s current king Stephen Loman.
Main Card Results
- Abdoul Abdouraguimov defeated Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi via Split Decision for Welterweight Championship
- Eldar Eldarov defeated Mounir Lazzez by Unanimous Decision for Vacant Super Lightweight Championship
- Luan Santiago Carvalho defeated Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady by First-round KO for Lightweight Championship
- Khamzat Chimaev def. Ikram Aliskerov by First-Round KO
- Jose Torres defeated Amir Albazi by Unanimous Decision
Preliminary Card Results
- Aidan James defeated Jalal Al-Daaja via Third-Round TKO
- Anas Siraj vs. Alex Martinez – No Contest (Illegal Strike)
- Ali Al Qaisi defeated Georges Bardwil by Unanimous Decision
- Akhmed Magomedov defeated Steven Gonçalves by Unanimous Decision
- Ahmed Amir and Sam Patterson – Split Draw
- Hassan defeated Mohammad Aly via Second-Round TKO.