One of the most anticipated matchups at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” is between Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, 24, of Stockholm, Sweden and Ikram Aliskerov, 26, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. Two of the most explosive undefeated fighters in the world will collide with only one of them coming out of the Brave Combat Federation arena with their record intact.
Both men are coming off devastating victories in their respective last fights. Chimaev came in as a last minute substitute to face Sidney “The All-American Kid” Wheeler, 22, of Georgia, United States in the main event of “Brave 20” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India on December 22, 2018 and took less than one round to finish the American wrestler.
On the other hand, Aliskerov had more work to do as he outgrappled Geraldo “Luan Santana” Coelho de Lima Neto, 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil en route to a third-round technical knockout stoppage after a barrage of punches made the referee stop their bout at “Brave 21” at the King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on December 28, 2018. Currently, Aliskerov holds a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 0 loss while Chimaev has 4 wins and 0 loss.
Now, Chimaev and Aliskerov face each other with one eye on the Brave CF Welterweight Championship belt of Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan. The Jordanian champ will defend his belt against Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, of France in the main event of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.”
Training at KHK MMA in Bahrain, Aliskerov has honed his wrestling skills with the world-class talent there as well as improving his boxing and kickboxing. He uses his exceptional cardio to make sure he always walks forward and puts pressure on his opponents.
Aliskerov also knows very well how to capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes or openings. In his bout against Neto, the Russian wrestler was able to complete takedowns off of the Brazilian fighter’s kicks and used brutal ground and pound to batter the Brazilian contender.
Training out of AllStars in Sweden, Chimaev has half of Aliskerov’s professional bouts but is no stranger to big events and pressure. The Swedish fighter has one of the best teams in the world behind him and trains regularly with the likes of Reza Madadi, Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi.
Under Brave CF, Chimaev has shown his willingness to stand with his opponents as well as an underrated offensive wrestling base, which is an ideal quality to have to counter-attack Aliskerov. The Swedish fighter has heavy hands and will look to exploit the pressure of his opponent against him as he is also a competent counter puncher.
“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” will take place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019. Here is a promo: