His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa has arrived in the Philippines. The Bahraini prince, who founded the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation in 2016, is set to oversee “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.”
The arrival of the Bahraini prince marks another historical day not only for MMA but also for the diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Philippines. The Brave CF founder is set to meet Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
Celebrities, royal people and officials from all over the world are expected to attend “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” Taking place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019, it will be Brave CF’s first ever event in the country.
Featured on the “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” fight card are 10 MMA matches. A total of 10 Filipino contenders are competing, five of which are training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.
In the co-main event, Brave CF debutantes Amir “The Prince” Albazi, 25, of Sweden and Jose “Shorty” Torres, 26, of the United States will compete in the flyweight division. The former is currently undefeated.
In the main event, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France will challenge reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines. The challenger, who is of Algerian descent, is a former Brave CF Featherweight Champion.
Solely representing Bahrain at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” is Hussain “Iron” Ayyad, 25. He will face Jason “Python” Vergara, 22, of Philippines in the bantamweight division.
In January 2019, Brave CF president Mohammed “The Hawk” Shahid arrived in the Philippines to help prepare for “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” On February 18, 2019, he attended the press conference at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines for the signing of the partnership between the promotion and TV5, the television network that will exclusively broadcast the upcoming event in the country.
Here is Shahid during the press conference with TV5: