Exclusive: Al-Selwady Set For Featherweight Clash At BRAVE CF 29

After losing his BRAVE CF lightweight title to Brazilian Luan Santiago at BRAVE 23, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady has decided to drop a weight class to pursue the BRAVE CF featherweight strap. Al-Selwady has not fought at featherweight since 2015, but this Friday the 24-year-old will square off against Colombia’s Dumar Roa.The pair will meet in the […]

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After losing his BRAVE CF lightweight title to Brazilian Luan Santiago at BRAVE 23, Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady has decided to drop a weight class to pursue the BRAVE CF featherweight strap.

Al-Selwady has not fought at featherweight since 2015, but this Friday the 24-year-old will square off against Colombia’s Dumar Roa.The pair will meet in the co-main event of BRAVE CF 29 which is set to take place inside the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Bahrain.

“I’m really excited to be returning to BRAVE in Bahrain, especially because I have been fighting in Bahrain for four years in a row, every time I come, I get a win, and it’s always a finish,” Al-Selwady said to LowKickMMA.

“I love fighting in front of Sheikh Khalid; in front of the Bahrain fans, I feel like its a second home. I have a lot of Jordanian fans and Palestinian fans as well, so I am excited to be coming back and also excited to be fighting in general.

“I wanted to fight as soon as possible after my last fight just to redeem myself just because I know what I am made of and it was just like a lucky hit, and I’m better than that. I’ve worked a lot on myself to prepare and do a nice comeback.”

The featherweight division is currently ruled by Bubba Jenkins. The American impressively dismantled Brazil’s Lucas Martins at BRAVE CF 24, to mark the start of his title reign. It was a performance that got Al-Selwady’s attention. However, this week, his sole focus is on his upcoming bout with Roa.

“Bubba Jenkins, he’s a good fighter, he’s the champ he defended it, but right now I am focused on my fight.

” I want to see how my body reacts to featherweight, the weight cut is going well, but I also want to see how my body is going to react when I actually get to that weight.

“How is my body on fight day? How am I going to refuel?  So once I see how my body is, then I will make my decision  if I am going to stay at featherweight or go back to lightweight.

A clash between Al-Selwady and Jenkins would get plenty of attention in the Middle East and amongst the BRAVE CF fanbase. Al-Selwady has been with BRAVE CF ever since the promotion staged its inaugural event back in 2016.  the former Desert Force featherweight champion is a veteran of the Middle East MMA scene, which is currently developing at a rapid rate.

“I’ve seen MMA grow in the Middle East from nothing to where it is right now and with the UFC coming and with BRAVE I feel it’s like going to be an unstoppable train.”

Al-Selwady is undefeated when competing in Bahrain and if he can maintain that record this Friday, it may not be long before he finds himself closing in on a shot at another title.

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Exclusive: Jose Torres Talks Title Shot And New Nonprofit Foundation

This time last year, Jose “Shorty” Torres was focusing on finding a new home for his talents after being released by the UFC. Fast forward 12 months, and it appears that the 27 year-old flyweight has found not only a new home in BRAVE CF but a promotion that looks set to introduce Torres to […]

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This time last year, Jose “Shorty” Torres was focusing on finding a new home for his talents after being released by the UFC. Fast forward 12 months, and it appears that the 27 year-old flyweight has found not only a new home in BRAVE CF but a promotion that looks set to introduce Torres to a global audience.

Since its inception in 2016, BRAVE CF has focused on bringing MMA to new regions and introducing the sport to new fans. In 2019 the Bahrain-based promotion has staged events in countries not typically associated with MMA such as Romania, Colombia, and Jordan.

The mindset of the company is collaborative and BRAVE CF has demonstrated a willingness to work with local MMA promotions to help the sport grow.

Talking to their fighters what comes through as a common theme is that BRAVE CF is a company that believes in its athletes and has a unique vision for what MMA could become in the future.

However, this week, Torres’s only focus is on his upcoming bid to become the inaugural BRAVE CF Flyweight World Champion. The American’s clash with Brazilian Marcel Adur is set to be the main event of this week’s card.

“It’s amazing to know that I have such a big enough name, respect, and presence to headline the biggest show in Asian history. Especially in front of the IMMAF World Championships, my team, and Sheikh Khalid. I’m more than proud and extremely excited for the event! “Torres said to LowKickMMA.

BRAVE CF 29 is scheduled to take place on Friday, 15 November, inside the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Bahrain. The event is set to headline the BRAVE International Combat Week, which is Asia’s largest combat sports festival.

The decision to hold this bout on such a significant card is an indication of the faith the promotion has in both fighters to deliver an exciting contest. The bout itself should be an explosion of kinetic energy. Both men have their fair share of KO wins on their resume, Adur, in particular, is known for his KO power with 11 of his 15 victories coming via stoppage.

This fight will be the Brazilian’s second crack at the title. In 2018 at BRAVE CF 18, Adur lost to Chechen Velimurad Alkhasov. However Alkhasov was ineligible to win the title because he missed weight. Torres knows that he will be in for a torrid night when the cage doors close on Friday.

“I haven’t watched much of his tape, but I did see him fight live for the title last year. He’s a very tough fighter with his style. He’s tall, southpaw, and aggressive, so I’m excited to give a show the fans want to see,” Torres said.

“He’s relentless, so knowing that makes me that much more excited to fight him. He’s put in the work, and even though he lost his first attempt at the title, it shows how much BRAVE respects him by giving him a second chance. It’s one I know he’ll try his best not to disappoint a second time.”

The past few weeks have been emotionally draining for Torres. Shortly after signing the contract to fight Adur, his father passed away. Torres will be dedicating his upcoming bout to the man that started him on his martial arts journey.

On a positive note, Torres has recently set up his own non-profit organization called Team Shorty Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to create a sanctuary and safe place for people going through difficulties, inside the gym.

“It’s a huge thing for me as I love and idolize people like Manny Pacquiao who have given back. He has donated and helped so much to his country and given many people a second chance at life. I want to do the same. 

” I didn’t come up with much and using my family as an example,they were all way more talented than me but never had an opportunity to pursue their dreams as I did. Master Bob Schirmer and my family gave me the opportunity they never had, and because of martial arts, I received a second chance at life.

“I want to be able to do the same thing for others. Keeping myself in the gym and off the streets saved me from following a dark path which both my father and brother followed. So I’m using my life and accomplishments as an example of what a small opportunity can do. If this “Shorty” can do it, then why can’t you? That’s why I’m so passionate about my foundation. It’s way more than just me. It’s about the people who need and deserve it most.”

It shows the measure of the man that even when no one would criticize him for deciding to focus solely on his career, Torres still finds time to give back to others. This past year has been a whirlwind for the Chicago native both inside and outside the cage and if he captures the flyweight title this week, it will be interesting to see what he will achieve in 2020.

“I want to be the face of BRAVE CF in the US, and it all starts on 15 November. Time will tell, but just like me, BRAVE is expanding and making people remember their name.”

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Exclusive – Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex Targets Third ONE Championship Title

Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex may only be four fights deep into her ONE Championship career, but the 22-year-old is already shaping up to be one of the promotions future stars. The Rayong native, who currently trains out of the famed Fairtex Gym, already holds the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Championships and has now […]

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Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex may only be four fights deep into her ONE Championship career, but the 22-year-old is already shaping up to be one of the promotions future stars.

The Rayong native, who currently trains out of the famed Fairtex Gym, already holds the ONE Atomweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Championships and has now set her sights on adding Angela Lee’s atomweight MMA crown to her collection.

After an impressive submission win over ONE debutante Asha Roka back in August, Stamp has been assigned a more difficult task for her second mixed martial arts outing under the ONE banner.

This Friday at ONE: Masters Of Fate, in Manila, Philippines, Stamp will face off against Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen. The Vietnamese- American will be a far savvier adversary for Stamp than Roka, and this bout should be an indicator of were the Thai sits in the atomweight division.

“She seems strong and really aggressive. Her striking is okay; she has speed and power, especially with her hook. But I think my standup is better and more diverse, and I plan to show that when we fight,” Stamp said to LowKick MMA when speaking about Nguyen.

“I feel pressure because people expect a lot from me. I also don’t want to let my team and all my fans down. A lot of people support me, and I’m grateful,” she added.

Stamp has been somewhat of a trailblazer for women’s Muay Thai in Thailand. She took up the sport at age five and soon started making waves on the local scene. Two years ago, she made history by becoming the first female fighter accepted to the Fairtex Fight team.

“At first, it was a little surprising for me, training with all men at Fairtex. I was the only woman there. But now that has changed, and there are more girls. I am very happy.

“There’s another girl on my team who recently started to compete in both Muay Thai and MMA. She’s called ‘Wonder Girl.’ I wish to see more girls compete like this in the future.”

Stamp has won over fans by both her abilities as a fighter but also her affable persona outside of the arena. ONE encourages their athletes to express their individuality during their walks to the ONE circle, and it could be argued that Stamp’s entrances are almost as anticipated as her fights.

The Thai has become known for dancing her way down the runway as though she were heading to a rave as opposed to a fight.

“Dancing has always been in my heart. Whenever I listen to music, instantly start moving to the beat. I don’t really practice the Stamp Dance; I go by heart.”

While Stamp is enjoying the fruits of her success, she never visualized herself, carving a career in the Combat Sports world despite her obvious ability as a child.

“When I was younger, I just focused on being an amateur fighter while I pursued my studies so I could get a good job. But now that I’ve experienced some level of success as a professional athlete, I think I’ll be fighting for many years to come.”

Stamp is still developing as an athlete and is likely years away from reaching her full potential. However, this Friday, she will get the opportunity to get one step closer to claiming another world title for her mantelpiece.

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Baby Slice Says Knee is Good Enough to Fight at Bellator 232

Kevin Ferguson Jr., better known as “Baby Slice” makes his return to the Bellator cage after a long absence against Craig Campbell at Bellator 232 in the Mohegan Sun Arena. Coincidently the last time Ferguson fought was in the same arena, around …

Kevin Ferguson Jr., better known as “Baby Slice” makes his return to the Bellator cage after a long absence against Craig Campbell at Bellator 232 in the Mohegan Sun Arena. Coincidently the last time Ferguson fought was in the same arena, around the same time of year when he sustained the injury that has had […]

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Saad Awad Talks Facing Paul Daley on Short Notice for Bellator 232

Saad Awad only fought three weeks ago where he picked up his third loss in a row against Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 229. However, when Sabah Homasi was removed from the Bellator 232 co-main event against Paul Daley, Awad got the call and quickly made h…

Saad Awad only fought three weeks ago where he picked up his third loss in a row against Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 229. However, when Sabah Homasi was removed from the Bellator 232 co-main event against Paul Daley, Awad got the call and quickly made his way to Connecticut. Awad has had losses before, but […]

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Bellator 232’s Paul Daley Responds To Lorenz Larkin Possibly Getting Title Shot (Interview)

Paul Daley was originally supposed to face Sabah Homasi as the co-main event of Bellator 232 and less than a week before, Homasi was removed due to injury. In steps Saad Awad who recently lost by submission to Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 229. Awad quick…

Paul Daley was originally supposed to face Sabah Homasi as the co-main event of Bellator 232 and less than a week before, Homasi was removed due to injury. In steps Saad Awad who recently lost by submission to Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 229. Awad quickly answered the call and now he and Daley are the […]

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