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Bahrain to host 2018, 2019 IMMAF World Championships

Mohammed Shahid

Mohammed Shahid

The Kingdom of Bahrain is set as the venue for Brave International Combat Week which will feature the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Championships of Amateur MMA in 2018 and 2019. IMMAF President Kerrith Brown, 55, signed the contracts for the 2018 and 2019 IMMAF World Championships during the press conference hosted in Bahrain.

The 2018 and 2019 World Championships of Amateur MMA will be a part of the Brave International Combat Week hosted in Bahrain. In the previous edition of Brave International Combat Week, Bahrain witnessed athletes from 51 countries taking part in the event.

More than 100 countries are expected to take part in the 2018 Brave International Combat Week, which will also feature a mega fight card from Brave Combat Federation featuring the top international fighters. This marks the second time Bahrain is hosting the IMMAF World Championships.

Founded on February 29, 2012, the IMMAF is the international governing body for amateur MMA. Aside from the Bahrain, the other Asian countries that are members of the IMMAF are China, India, Japan, the Hasemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Tajikistan and Thailand.

In 2017, the Brave International Combat Week was organized by the IMMAF in cooperation with the Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation (Brave CF) and the Media Office of His Highness Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, 28. Brave CF was established on September 23, 2016 by Al-Khalifa.

The President of Brave CF is Mohammed “The Hawk” Shahid, 28, who is also the KHK Sports CEO. He was the first MMA fighter from Bahrain to compete internationally.

As a professional MMA fighter, Shahid competed in six bouts from 2012 to 2015. He defeated Mayura Dissanayake, Abdul Hamid, Mohammad Younus and Prince Alamgeer Khan but lost to Vikas Singh and Satendar Bankura.

Meanwhile, here is a teaser for the 11th Brave CF event to be held in Brazil:

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