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England’s Helen Harper: MMA saved my life

Helen Harper (©BRAVE Combat Federation)

Helen Harper (©BRAVE Combat Federation)

Helen “Hellraiser” Harper, 32, of England made her professional mixed martial arts debut at “Malaysian Fighting Championship 6” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 25, 2013. It was the first ever female MMA fight in the country.

On November 15, 2019, Harper will fight Luana Pinheiro, 26, of Brazil at “BRAVE 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain as part of the 2019 BRAVE International Combat Week. They will compete in the women’s strawweight division on the main card, which will be the first ever female professional MMA bout in Bahrain.

“MMA saved my life,” Harper shared in her first interview after landing in Bahrain for the 2019 BRAVE International Combat Week. “I was in the lowest of lows, in an abusive relationship, and a few people plus MMA saved me. That was only eight years ago but now I’m here in Bahrain in the first-ever women’s pro bout here and everything is so awesome so hopefully, I can inspire someone to do the same through martial arts.”

“No matter the situation they’re in, there’s always hope,” Harper continued. “For me, it was MMA. If a single person is inspired by my journey, it’ll all be worth it.”

Currently, Harper holds a professional MMA bout of 4 wins and 2 losses. She is making her BRAVE Combat Federation debut at “BRAVE 29.”

“In my first fight ever I was also the first-ever female fight in Malaysia,” Harper said. “Now, I’m the first here in Bahrain, too, so I love such positions of being the first, a pioneer. I can’t believe this is something I get to do professionally.”

In the main event of “BRAVE 29,” Jose “Shorty” Torres, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, United States and Marcel Adur, 27, of Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil will compete for the inaugural BRAVE CF Flyweight World Championship belt. The event headlines the historical 2019 BRAVE International Combat Week.

Also on the card is the prestigious KHK World Title, a one-night, four-man openweight tournament awarding the winner US$ 00,000 and the provisional possession of a 6.2kg solid-gold belt, the most expensive prize in sports. Meanwhile, get to know more about Harper here:

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