Fighting out of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, undefeated mixed martial artist Aidan James, 23, was one of the winners at at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” It was his third victory in Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation.
Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, which include three title bouts, “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” took place at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019. It was Brave CF’s second event in Jordan.
In the sixth bout of the evening, which was the last bout on the preliminary card, James faced Jalal Al Daaja, 31, of Amman, Jordan. They competed competed in the bantamweight division.
The referee put a stop to the bantamweight contest in the third round. James knocked out Al Daaja with a counter hook.
Winning at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” improved James’s professional MMA record to 4 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Al Daaja now has 6 wins and 4 losses.
An International Mixed Martial Arts Federation alum, James made his successful professional MMA debut in 2017. Training at Chris Rees Academy in Swansea, Wales, the Merthyr Tydfil native joined Brave CF in 2018.
“Brave 23: Pride and Honor” marked James’s third Brave CF bout. Prior to the fight night, he said, “I have no issue fighting in my opponent’s backyard.”
“It’s actually something I’m looking forward to, especially feeling the energy from the crowd!” James continued. “I fought most of my amateur fights in my opponent’s backyards so this is normal to me.”
On June 9, 2018, James made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 13: European Evolution” 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.
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Al Daaja was one of the five hometown heroes while James solely represented Wales. Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia and the United States were also represented.
Meanwhile, watch “Road to Brave 23” here: