Undefeated mixed martial artist Azamat “The Professional” Murzakanov, 30, Russia is the first ever KHK World Champion. He claimed the inaugural belt at “BRAVE CF 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on November 15, 2019.
The KHK World Championship was initiated by KHK MMA and BRAVE Combat Federation. It was a one-night, four-men, open weight tournament opened to any fighters from any promotion.
Including the two KHK World Championship semifinals and one final bout, “BRAVE CF 29” featured 14 MMA bouts. The fight night kicked off with the KHK World Championship semifinal match between Kleber “Orgulho” Raimundo Silva, 31, of Brazil and Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 35, Lebanon.
Fakhreddine knocked out Silva via punches after 3 minutes and 9 seconds in the second round. In the second bout of the evening, Murzakanov defeated Kleber “Orgulho” Raimundo Silva, 31, of Brazil via unanimous decision after two five-minute rounds.
In the 14th and final bout of the evening, Fakhreddine and Murzakanov battled it out in the KHK World Championship final. The Russian contender knocked out his Lebanese opponent via punch after 3 minutes and 37 seconds in the first round.
Winning at “BRAVE CF 29” improved the professional MMA record of Murzakanov to 8 wins and 0 loss. As the inaugural KHK World Champion, he won the KHK belt, a special award adorned with 6.2kg of gold, and received US$100,000.
“This is an exciting time to be a BRAVE CF fan,” BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid said before the “BRAVE CF 29” fight night. “We are putting on the largest MMA event in Asia and the biggest combat sports festival we’ve ever put on with the BRAVE International Combat Week. I’m especially excited for the KHK World Championship as the belt is heavier in gold than the World Cup of football, the Wimbledon trophy and any other prize in sports ever.”
If Murzakanov wins the tournament two more times, he will have the right to become the permanent owner of the KHK World Championship belt. As he has shown in the two “BRAVE CF 29” bouts, such a thought should be taken seriously as he has proved he has not just raw talent but a complete fighter and the king of kings in a night that produced several magical moments.
The undefeated Russian MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2010. Murzakanov competes in the light heavyweight division. In 2017, he was set to debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship but he was given a two-year sanction for a violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.