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Wales’ Aidan James: Brave CF is doing amazing things

Kirik Jenness, Aidan James (© Brave Combat Federation)

Kirik Jenness, Aidan James (© Brave Combat Federation)

Aidan James, 23, of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales will look for his third straight win under the Brave Combat Federation banner when he meets Jalal Al Daaja, 31, of Amman, Jordan at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019. The Welshman started his professional mixed martial arts career only recently but has already beaten great fighters including Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, who is training out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin, Ireland.

“Brave is doing amazing things, investing in areas and communities that haven’t experienced a truly global show with elite fighters,” James said. “I’m very proud of being a part of that journey and to be able to showcase my skills to people from different nations”.

Training at Chris Rees Academy in Swansea, Wales, James made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 13: European Evolution” on June 9, 2018 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he knocked out Tommy “Tommy Gun” Martin, 23, of Dublin. On October 27, 2018, the Welsh fighter submitted Mlambo at “Brave 17” at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan.

Taking place at Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marks James’ third outing in Brave CF. After his win against Mlambo, the Merthyr Tydfil native took a step back and reinvested time in his training and he hopes to put that to use against a Jordanian hero in Al Daaja.

“I have no issue fighting in my opponent’s backyard,” James said. “It’s actually something I’m looking forward to, especially feeling the energy from the crowd! I fought most of my amateur fights in my opponent’s backyards so this is normal to me.”

James and Al Daaja will compete in the bantamweight division at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” The Welsh contender is trying to focus only on his Jordanian opponent instead of dreaming of a potential title shot against Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of Baguio City, Philippines.

“Jalal is on a three-fight win streak with Brave and has done well, finishing all of his opponents,” James noted. “He would definitely be in line for a shot at the title if he beats me but I’m not bothered about taking his place or fighting for the belt. I’m carving my own path and for me, the focus is April 19th.”

Watch James’ “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” promo video here:

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