For the first time in the history of mixed martial arts, an MMA event hosted by a global organization took place in Africa. This was courtesy of Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation, which hosted “Brave 14” in Morocco on August 14, 2018.
Featuring nine bouts of the evening, “Brave 14” took place at the Omnisports Indoor Club of Tangier in Tangier, Morocco on August 18, 2018. In the second bout of the evening, Tarek Suleiman, 29, of Syria faced Artur “Tornado” Guseinov, 34, of Dagestan, Russia.
The match between Suleiman and Guseinov was a catchweight bout. The referee put a stop to the contest at 4:43 of Round 1 when the Dagestani fighter was knocked out by his Syrian opponent.
“Brave 14” marked the second Brave CF bout of Guseinov. His recent loss downgraded his professional MMA record to 21 wins and 8 losses.
Guseinov made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 4: Unstoppable” on March 31, 2017. He was submitted by Klidson Farias de Abreu, 25, of Amazonas, Brazil via rear-naked choke.
Before “Brave 14,” Guseinov’s most recent bout was at “Fight Nights Global 78” on November 4, 2017. He was knocked out by Michail “The Lonely Wolf” Tsarev, 32, of Novosibirsk, Russia via punches and elbows.
Beating Guseinov improved Suleiman’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 5 losses. It was the Syrian fighter’s second bout and first win in Brave CF.
Suleiman made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” on March 2, 2017. He lost to Will Fleury, 29, of Ireland via decision.
In the main event of “Brave 14,” Brave CF Lightweight Champion Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar, 28, of Germany competed in the welterweight division. The German-Moroccan fighter knocked out Danijel “Vitez: Kokora, 28, of Deliblato, Serbia at 0:32 of Round 1.
In the co-main event, Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy, 25, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada faced Danyel Pilo, 30, Lavagna, Genoa, Italy in the featherweight division. The Canadian fighter knocked out his Italian opponent at 2:02 of Round 1.
In Suleiman’s post-fight interview of Cyrus Fees, the Syrian fighter thanked his fellow Brave CF fighter Mohammad Ali Fakhreddine for helping him in his training. Watch the interview here: