Representing Algeria, Algerian-French-American mixed martial artist Mehdi “The Sultan” Baghdad, 34, was one of the winners at the Brave Combat Federation combat sports event “Brave 25.” It was his first victory in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.
Brave CF held “Brave 25,” which featured 10 MMA bouts, at the Arena Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte on August 30, 2019. In the eighth bout of the evening, Baghdad competed in the super lightweight division against Erivan “Negão” Pereira, 29, of Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil.
It was an evenly matched super lightweight bout. But after three five-minute rounds, the referee raised the hand of Baghdad, who was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “Brave 25” improved the professional MMA record of Baghdad to 12 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Pereira now has 12 wins and 2 losses.
“Brave 25” marked Pereira’s second bout and first loss in Brave CF. It was Baghdad’s second bout in the promotion.
“I was born a man in France but born a fighter in Brazil,” Baghdad said after his victory. “This is where I learned everything, even my first wife is Brazilian.”
Born in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France on April 13, 1985, Baghdad is of Algerian descent and is currently based in Los Angeles, California, United States. He has been competing professionally since 2008.
Baghdad made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” on May 11, 2018 at Balai Sarbini in Jakarta, Indonesia. He lost via unanimous decision Paweł Kiełek, 23, of Olsztyn, Poland.
Before joining Brave CF, Baghdad competed in Rio Recreio Fighting, Kawai Arena, 100% Fight, Panama Fight League, Xteme Vale Todo, Marconi Fight Night, All Star Boxing, Gladiator Challenge, BAMMA, West Coast Fighting Championship, Resurrection Fighting Alliance and the Ultimate Fighting Championshop. He lost two UFC bouts in 2016 and went on hiatus in 2017.
The “Brave 25” weigh-ins took place in Belo Horizonte on August 29, 2019. Baghdad and Pereira weighed 75.3kg and 74.5kg, respectively.
In the main event of the evening, Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33, of Belo Horizonte challenged reigning Brave CF Lightweight World Champion Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via submission in the first round.
The co-main event was a bantamweight bout between Felipe Efrain, 25, of Sao Paulo and Matheus Nicolau, 26, of Belo Horizonte. The latter emerged as the victor.
Here is a Baghdad in a “Brave 25” post-fight interview with Kirik Jenness in the Brave CF ring: