Kleber “Orgulho” Raimundo Silva, 31, of Brazil and Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 35, Lebanon will battle it out in the semi-finals of the inaugural KHK World Championship. The winner will face the winner of the other semifinal bout, which is between Carlos Augusto “Guto” Inocente Filho, 33, Brazil and Azamat “The Professional” Murzakanov, 30, Russia, in the championship round.
The KHK World Championship is an inaugural mixed martial arts tournament of KHK MMA and BRAVE Combat Federation. The one-night, four-men, open weight tournament is part of “Brave 29,” which will take place at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on November 15, 2019.
Originally, Moise “Swamp” Rimbon, 42, France and Malik “L’Astre” Merad, 29, were set to fight in the KHK World Championship semifinals. They are both fighting out of France.
However, Merad was injured almost three weeks before fight night. He was replaced by Fakhreddine, who was originally reserved as an alternate who could join the tournament in case of an injury.
Recently, Moise Rimbon pulled out due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Silva, who currently holds a professional MMA record of 18 wins, 9 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Silva was born in Salvador, Brazil on December 21, 1987. He pursued a career as a professional MMA fighter from 2008 to 2013.
The KHK World Championship marks Silva’s return to professional MMA. He previously competed in Win Fight and Entertainment, Wolfman Fighting, Capital Fight, International Fighter Championship and Jungle Fight.
On the other hand, Fakhreddine is the only Brave CF athlete in the inaugural KHK World Championship. He is competing in the middleweight division and is training out of Tiger Muay Thai Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon.
The Lebanese MMA fighter’s most recent bout was at “Brave 27” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Emirates. He knocked out grappler Christofer Silva, 29, of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Currently, Fakhreddine holds a professional MMA record of 12 wins, 3 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Rimbon has 25 wins, 13 losses and 3 draws.