Brave Combat Federation and KHK MMA originally wanted to shortlist only 10 mixed martial artists as participants of the inaugural KHK World Championship. However, the organizations extended the list and included 15 MMA fighters instead.
The one-night, four-men, open weight tournament will grant the winner a US$ 100,000 check plus the right to be called the first ever holder of the KHK World Championship belt. Made of 6.2kg of gold, the belt is the most prestigious prize in sports.
The first ever KHK World Championship will be part of “Brave 29,” which will take place in Bahrain on November 15, 2019. It is part of the Brave International Combat Week.
From the hundreds of athletes who applied, the committee decided to award 15 fighters with the chance to participate in the historical tournament. This was due to the quality of the contestants, which has been overwhelming, according to Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid.
“Our special committee was unable to cut all the hundreds of fighters and make a list of only 10 athletes,” Shahid stated. “There was too much talent involved so they decided to leave 15 names, and we’ll draw them out and see what are the matchups.”
“I understand them as I would definitely have a hard time making the same choice,” the Brave CF president continued. “I’m very excited to find out who will be coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain to fight for the inaugural KHK World Championships.”
The 15 shortlisted MMA fighters will advance to the next and final step of the selection process. Only four of them will be selected to compete in the semifinals while one will serve as an alternate in case of an injury.
Brazil, Lebanon, Russia, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, the United States, Switzerland, Belgium, Iran, and the Dominican Republic are all represented in the draw. This highlights the global aspect of the KHK World Championship.
Also, this reaffirms Brave CF’s place as the only truly global MMA organization in the world. Here are the 15 shortlisted MMA fighters who have a chance to be the first ever KHK World Champion:
- Guto Inocente, 33, Brazil
- Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 35, Lebanon
- Alexander “Red Devil” Emelianenko, 38, Russia
- Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy, 27, Canada
- Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel, 43, Netherlands
- Ole “Iron Fist” Laursen, 42, Denmark
- Joshua “Cuddly Bear” Copeland, 36, United States
- Yasubey “The Swiss Samurai” Enomoto, 35, Switzerland
- Azamat “The Professional” Murzakanov, 30, Russia
- Christophe “Hulk” Vandijck, 34, Belgium
- Matheus “Buffa” Scheffel, 26, Brazil
- Cole “Magrinho” Miller, 35, United States
- Amir Aliakbari, 31, Iran
- Rashad “Daywalker” Coulter, 37, United States
- Alex “The Dominican Nightmare” Garcia, 32, Dominican Republic