Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation successfully made its European debut on June 8, 2018 with the 12-bout fight card of “Brave 13: Europe Evolution.” The fourth bout of the evening was between Chad “Superman” Hanekom of South Africa and Dominic McConnell of Northern Ireland.
“Brave 13: Europe Evolution” marked McConnell’s Brave CF debut and Hanekom’s second bout in the promotion. The two competed in the middleweight division, which currently has a vacant championship title.
The middleweight bout between Hanekom and McConnell ended at 1:31 of Round 1. The South African contender submitted his Irish opponent via kimura.
McConnell was a short-notice replacement to Saeed “Shinazi” Younesi of Germany, who was supposed to face Hanekom at “Brave 13: Europe Evolution.” Younesi was also a replacement to Abdul-Kareen Al-Selwady of Jordan, the first opponent scheduled to compete against the South African fighter.
After defeating McConnell at “Brave 13: Europe Evolution,” Hanekom improved his professional MMA record to 5 wins and 1 loss. When Hanekom made his Brave CF debut on March 2, 2018 at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” at the King Hussein Sports City in Amman, Jordan, his undefeated record was broken after losing to undefeated Russian fighter Ikram Aliskerov via split decision.
Taking place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” was graced by several celebrity athletes. Among them were former Bellator MMA fighter Bubba Jenkins, British professional boxer Amir Khan, English MMA fighter Darren “The Gorilla” Till, who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, who also trains at SBG Ireland.
In the co-main event of the evening, Norman “Stormin” Parke of Northern Ireland defeated Myles “Magic” Price of Ireland via unanimous decision. In the main event of the evening, reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman of the Philippines successfully defended his title from Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo of Ireland via unanimous decision.
Here is Hanekom walking out during the event: