Conor McGregor’s teammate Frans Mlambo to represent Ireland at ‘Brave 17’ in Lahore, Pakistan

Frans Mlambo

Frans Mlambo

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches, the 17th event of Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation will take place at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018. Including Pakistan, 12 countries will be represented.

The other 11 countries represented at “Brave 17” are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Kuwait, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa and Wales. The only fighter to represent Ireland in the upcoming MMA event in Lahore is Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27.

Mlambo was born in South Africa. He trains at the Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin, which is also home to former UFC Lightweight Champion Conor “Notorious” McGregor, 30.

“Brave 17” marks Mlambo’s sixth Brave CF debut. In the sixth bout of the evening, he will compete in the bantamweight division against Aidan James, 23, of Wales.

Currently, Mlambo holds a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 3 losses. He won three of his five bouts in Brave CF.

The only fighter Mlambo did not defeat in Brave CF was the promotion’s reigning bantamweight champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines. The South African-Irish MMA fighter lost to the Filipino fighter on June 25, 2016 at “Brave 1: The Beginning” and on June 9, 2018 in their rematch at “Brave 13: European Evolution.”

McGregor was in Mlambo’s corner at “Brave 13: European Evolution.” It has yet to be confirmed if the former UFC Lightweight Champion is attending “Brave 17” to support his SBG Ireland teammate.

In the co-main event of “Brave 17,” Uloomi “Kratos” Karim Shaheen, 27, of Islamabad, Pakistan will compete in the bantamweight division against Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 22, of Baguio City, Philippines. The main event is a welterweight bout between Rodrigo Cavalheiro, 35, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, of Nantes, France, who are both undefeated in Brave CF.

Seven of the 20 fighters on the “Brave 17” fight card are from Pakistan. The event will be broadcast live on Abu Dhabi Sports in the Middle East and North Africa, making it the most broadcast combat sports event in the history of sports in the country.

“Brave 17” will be the first international MMA event to take place in Pakistan.  Here is the official promo of the upcoming MMA event in Pakistan:


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