Fighting out of Bahrain, Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, has been crowned the new Brave Combat Federation Super Lightweight Champion. He is the first ever mixed martial artist to become the champion of the new division of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.
Originally from Dagestan, Russia, Eldarov represented Bahrain at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019. It was his fourth Brave CF bout.
Featuring 12 MMA matches, which included three title bouts, “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” took place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. In the second co-main event, Eldarov and Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia competed for the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Championship title.
Eldarov delivered the first world championship for Bahrain with a gritty performance against Lazzez. The Bahrain-based Russian contender used his wrestling to dominate his previously unbeaten opponent.
After five five-minute rounds, the championship bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Eldarov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
The first and second judges scored the bout 50-45. The third judge scored it 49-46.
Winning at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” improved Eldarov’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Lazzez now has 7 wins and 1 loss.
The only opponent Eldarov did not defeat was his childhood friend Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan. Eldarov’s coach is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Eldarov and Lazzez solely represented Bahrain and Tunisia, respectively. Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and Wales were also represented.
Now based in Bahrain, Eldarov is the head coach position at the KHK MMA gym in Manama, Bahrain. He is also coaching the Bahraini national MMA team.
Here is the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Champion: