Boxing legend Amir “King” Khan, 33, is an example for many young British-Pakistani fighters including mixed martial artist Shoaib “The Assassin” Yousaf, 24, of Lancashire, England, United Kingdom. The latter is set to headline “BRAVE CF 40” with Mochamed “The Best” Machaev, 20, of Vienna, Austria.
Bahrain-based MMA promotion BRAVE Combat Federation will hold “BRAVE CF 40” in Stockholm, Sweden on August 24, 2020 in partnership with Swedish mixed martial arts promotion Bulldog Fight Night (BFN). The main event is a featherweight bout between Yousaf and Machaev.
When the opportunity to train at Khan’s gym Amir Khan Academy in Bolton, England knocked, Yousaf wisely ran to the door and welcomed it with open arms. Little did the British-Pakistani MMA fighter know, the time spent at the gym would coincide with his first ever BRAVE CF main event fight.
Aside from training with some of the top boxing trainers in the U.K., Yousaf has been able to observe and take part in training with Khan himself, which will increase his chances of getting his second BRAVE CF win and potentially a title shot. The duo posed for a photo that could very well be captioned as the present and future of British-Pakistani combat sports.
Born on August 7, 1995, Yousaf has one of the best resumes for a young fighter in MMA. Undefeated as an amateur and an International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) world champion, he has been touted as one of the best kept secrets in the European featherweight division but not anymore.
On December 27, 2019, Yousaf made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 35” at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He submitted Hassan Talal of Jordan and became one of the most sought after fighters in the featherweight division.
After signing a contract extension with BRAVE CF, Yousaf is hunting for a title shot. The reigning BRAVE CF Featherweight World Champion is Bubba “Bad Man” Jenkins, 32, of Huntington Beach, California, United States.