Muhammad Mokaev, 19, of Russia and the United Kingdom was recently signed by BRAVE Combat Fededation. He is an undefeated mixed martial artist and an alum of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.
Retired judoka Kerrith Brown, 57, the preside of the IMMAF, also hails from the U.K. He said, “On behalf of IMMAF, I would like to congratulate Mo on his signing with BRAVE and wish him all the best as he moves into the next phase of his career.
“As amateur MMA’s number one ranked, pound-for-pound junior, Mo has demonstrated extraordinary talent and dedication to his art,” ” IMMAF president continued. “I look forward to watching his star rise in the pro ranks and to further exciting matches from him on the BRAVE platform.”
BRAVE CF has yet to announce the details of the promotional debut of Mokaev, who is also set to make his professional MMA debut. As an amateur MMA fighter, he set new standards, smashed the conventional mold, blazed his own trail and snatched media attention along the way.
Fighting out of Dagestan, Russia by way of London, England, U.K., Mokaev competes in the bantamweight division. His sponsors and global fan base of thousands eclipse that of many established professionals and some of the world’s leading promoters were lining up their bids as his attention turned towards taking the next step.
Holding an amateur MMA record of 23 wins and 0 loss, Mokaev may not be the first amateur to break the 20-win barrier. He follows in the footsteps of IMMAF world champions and predecessors whose records have ranged from 25 wins and 1 loss to 28 wins and 0 loss yet above all others, only he has been able to command such a level of global notoriety.
Born in Dagestan, Mokaev would hone his craft upon discovering wrestling and MMA at a young age after his family moved to north of England. While also representing the British wrestling team at an international level, he took over the U.K. MMA scene and stepped up to the IMMAF platform, amateur MMA’s premier proving ground, following his 18th birthday.
Dedicating two years to IMMAF competition with Team UK, which later restructured as Team England, the men’s bantamweight prodigy earned back-to-back gold medals at the Junior IMMAF World Championships in 2018 and 2019. He won the Jr European Open title in 2019 and went onto a successful senior division debut, cruising to gold at the 2020 Oceania Open.
Mokaev proved that his talent could shine beyond U.K. borders. He beat top representatives of Sweden, Russia, Ireland, Bulgaria and Japan, including in an inspiring trilogy of bouts with Japan’s Reo Yamaguchi.
The Dagestani-British MMA fighter revealed closely contested discussions that saw the likes of Bellator MMA and ONE Championship join the race for his signature. He announced that his professional career was set to begin upon putting pen to paper with BRAVE CF, citing the Bahrain-based MMA promotion’s early support and recognition for his career potential and the ability to retain the opportunity to move the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the coming years.