Nemanja “Sledgehammed” Kovač, 27, of Novi Sad, Serbia is one of the Serbian mixed martial artists competing at “BRAVE CF 56.” He will have a rematch with Ahmed “The Shadow” Labban, 25, of Beirut, Lebanon.
Featuring nine MMA bouts, “BRAVE CF 56” will be held at the BelExpo Centar in Belgrade, Serbia on December 18, 2021. It will be the first event of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion BRAVE Combat Federation to be held in Serbia.
In the seventh bout of the evening, Kovač and Labban will battle it out in the super lightweight division. In a statement exclusively obtained by CONAN Daily, the Serbian contender said, “Hey, fans, watch my rematch against Labban.”
“Our first fight was awesome,” Kovač continued. “I think the second fight will be madness.”
Both Kovač and Labban were BRAVE CF debutantes when they faced each other at “BRAVE CF 48: Arabian Night” at the Arad Fort in Bahrain on March 18, 2021. It was the Lebanese fighter who won via unanimous decision.
After “BRAVE CF 48: Arabian Night,” both Kovač and Labban had one fight each. oth Kovač was submitted by Michal “Šaman” Dobiaš, 30, of Nitra, Slovakia at “Serbian Battle Championship: Revenge” in Bački Petrovac, Serbia on July 24, 2021 while Labban knocked out Virgiliu “The Iceman” Frasineac, 26, of Novara, Italy at “BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood” in Milan, Italy on August 1, 2021.
Fighting professionally since 2014, Labban holds a professional MMA record of 11 wins and 4 losses. Before joining BRAVE CF, he competed in Desert Force, Phoenix Fighting Championship and UAE Warriors, among others.
Kovač made his professional MMA debut in 2016 and he currently holds a professional MMA record of 13 wins and 5 losses. Most of his fights before joining BRAVE CF were in Serbian Battle Championship.
“What do you think is Labban’s weakness as a fighter?” I asked Kovač. The Serbian MMA fighter responded, “I think Labban’s weakness is his wrestling and ground game because he’s a kickboxer.”