Finland and Zimbabwe were among of the 11 countries represented at “Brave 19: South Africa,” the first ever international mixed martial arts events in the country. Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation held the historic event at Sun City Resort in North West, South Africa on December 8, 2018.
“Brave 19: South Africa” featured 10 MMA bouts. In the fourth bout of the evening, Abdul “Abba” Hussein, 21, of Finland faced Sylvester “Gladiator” Chipfumbu, 26, of Zimbabwe.
Born in Gweru, Zimbabwe, Chipfumbu started his martial arts training in 2006. He is a former Zimbabwe national team karateka and a former Cape Fight League Pro-Am Bantamweight Champion.
Chipfumbu made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 19: South Africa.” He previously competed in European Fighting Championship Worldwide.
Hussein is training out of Espoon Kehähait in Espoo, Finland. Born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, he was a young boy when he and his family moved to Finland, which he represented at the 2015 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation European Open Championships in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.
When Hussein made his Brave CF debut at “Brave CF 10” on March 2, 2018, he was submitted by Nawras “The Honey Badger” Abzakh, 26, of Jordan via guillotine choke. “Brave 19: South Africa” marked the second bout of the Palestinian-Finnish MMA fighter in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.
Hussein and Chipfumbu competed in the flyweight division at “Brave 19: South Africa.” After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, the referee raised the hand of Hussein, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. The victory improved the Palestinian-Finnish contender’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 1 loss.
On the other hand, Chipfumbu now has 5 wins and 2 losses. He was the only Zimbabwean on the “Brave 19: South Africa” card.
“Brave 19: South Africa” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland and Dansheel “Mamu” Moodley, 26, of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa competed in the bantamweight division.
In the co-main event of the evening, Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland and Dansheel “Mamu” Moodley, 26, of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa competed in the bantamweight division. The Irish contender submitted his South African opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adam “Pride Time” Townsend, 30, of Hampton, Tennessee, United States faced Mark Hulme, 22, of Sunninghill, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa in the welterweight division. The South African defeated his American opponent via unanimous decision.
Canada, Egypt, England, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, South Africa and the U.S. were also represented at “Brave 19: South Africa.” Check the complete results here.