Headquartered in Seef, Bahrain, BRAVE Combat Federation was founded by Bahraini prince Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 32, on September 23, 2016. Within five years, the mixed martial arts promotion signed more than 500 athletes from 70 different countries.
‘’We have the best scouting program in the world,” BRAVE CF president Mohammed “The Hawk” Shahid, 32, said. “There’s no doubt about it. That’s because we connect with MMA people around the world.”
“We connect with the gyms, with their national federations, with everyone involved in the sport,” Shahid continued. “That’s how you unearth the gems that we have.”
BRAVE CF promotes a unique business model that focuses more on the development of the sport per continent by creating an MMA ecosystem, which will empower governing bodies as well as help local leagues and their athletes gain international exposure. That was the goal when the promotion partnered with Rukh Sport Management to host its inaugural card in Minsk, Belarus in June 2021, offering 11 exciting bouts that featured six Belarusian MMA fighters.
“BRAVE CF has contributed so much to the reemergence of Belarus in MMA,” Rukh Sport Management director Tatsiana Kukhareva said. “Football, hockey, and basketball are the most popular sports in our country but thanks to a promotion like BRAVE CF, the future of MMA in Belarus is secured.”
The same formula will be applied when BRAVE CF makes its much awaited debut in Konin, Poland on September 25, 21 for “BRAVE CF 54″ headlined by a grudge match between BRAVE CF Lightweight World Champion Amin “Fierceness” Ayoub, 25, of France and his challenger Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir, 29, of Egypt.
“We are very excited at BRAVE CF to be leading the European MMA scene today,” BRAVE CF chief operating officer Valeria Lang stated. “Europe is a key market for global sports regulation and development and we intend to develop MMA in this market and give the biggest opportunity to the top European fighters and make them global stars.”