Athletes from 11 nations competed at the event organized by Bahrain’s Brave Combat Federation

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    Tahar Habdi and Carl Booth fighting the Main Event

    Mumbai, April 24, 2017: Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts event organized by
    Bahrain-based Brave Combat Federation witnessed MMA sensations Carl Booth,
    Gurdarshan Mangat, Mohammad Farhad and Hardeep Rai emerging victorious.
    Gurdarshan scored a victory through unanimous decision against his long-time
    rival and veteran Abdul Muneer. Mangat’s wrestling-based game-plan kept
    Muneer at bay. Gurdarshan Mangat now improves to 10 wins with only one
    defeat in his professional career. The athletes who had a brawl during their
    stare down at the public weigh-ins, showed true sportsmanship and respect
    for one another. Gurdarshan spoke about how the bout was a huge step forward
    in Indian Mixed Martial Arts and applauded his opponent Muneer.

    Mohammad Farhad after his win
    Mohammad Farhad after his win

    The day-long event featured ten bouts featuring Indian and international
    athletes. The event was sanctioned by All India Mixed Martial Arts
    Federation. India’s Mohammad Farhad who represents Team Relentless scored
    his 11th technical knockout victory in dominating fashion over Irfaan Khan.
    Hardeep Rai forced his opponent to submit in style in the opening match of
    the fight night. Former TUF Latin America fighter Alejandro Martinez had an
    impressive win over Brazil’s Paulo “Bananada” and Mohammad Farhad,
    responsible for the greatest knockout of the night over Irfan Khan.

    Hardeep Rai post his win against Arnana Chayiasan
    Hardeep Rai post his win against Arnana Chayiasan

    England’s Carl Booth scored his second victory inside the Brave cage against
    Tahar “Fast Hands” Hadbi. According to Booth, his win was enough to deserve
    a title shot next. Although Hadbi started off with a bang, trying to corner
    Booth, the Englishman slowly started to find his rhythm and stung his
    opponent repeatedly with leg kicks. Booth’s victory means he improves to 8-1
    in his MMA career. However, the fight is still under review by the athletic
    commission.

    Commenting on the event, Mohammad Shahid, President of Brave Combat
    Federation said, “We are delighted by the reception received for our first
    event in India. Brave Combat Federation made history by being the first MMA
    promotion to have a live broadcast of our fight night across 53 nations. We
    have always believed India, athletes in mixed martial arts have tremendous
    talent and this was displayed during the action-packed fights. We look
    forward to growing the sport in the country and organizing more events that
    provide a global platform to Indian athletes.”

    Established on 23 September 2016 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Brave Combat Federation has hosted shows in
    Bahrain, Brazil and Abu Dhabi previously. Brave’s next edition will be held
    on April 29th, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Division

    Athletes

    Winner

    Main- Event: Welterweight

    Carl Booth V/S Tahar Hadbi

    Carl Booth- unanimous decision (Decision is under review)

    Co-main event

    Gurdarshan Mangat V/S. Abdul Muneer

    Gurdarshan Mangat- Unanimous decision

    Featherweight

    Jakub Kowalewicz V/S. Alex Leko

    Jakub Kowalewicz- Unanimous decision

    Lightweight

    Erick Indio Brabo V/S. Brian Hooi

    Erick Indio Brabo- Split decision

    Bantamweight

    Jeremy Pacatiw V/s Chaitanyia Gavali

    Jeremy Pacatiw- Split decision

    Featherweight

    Rolando Gabriel V/S Nelson Paes

    No Contest (Accidental Head Clash)

    Bantamweight

    Mohammad Farhad V/S Irfan Khan

    Mohammad Farhad (Knockout, Round 1)

    Bantamweight

    Ahmed Faress V/S Bharat Khandare

    Ahmed Faress- Submission (Round 1)

    Lightweight

    Hardeep Rai V/S Arnan Chayiasan

    Hardeep Rai- Submission (Round 1)

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