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Lebanon’s Mohammad Fakhreddine: Mohamed Said Maalem can have Jon Jones if he wants to

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“The Latest” Mohammad Fakhreddine, 37, of Lebanon and “L’Ambiance” Mohamed Said Maalem, 39, of Algeria and Switzerland will co-headline “BRAVE CF 57“, the first BRAVE Combat Federation event in 2022. They will fight for the vacant BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight Championship.

Featuring 12 professional mixed martial arts bouts and one amateur MMA fight, “BRAVE CF 57” will be held at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain on March 11, 2022. The co-main event is a rematch between Fakhreddine and Maalem.

Maalem defeated Fakhreddine when they fought for the BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight Championship belt at “BRAVE CF 52” in Milan, Italy on August 1, 2021. However, the Italian MMA Federation later ruled the fight a No Contest due to illegal blows by the Algerian-Swiss contender.

Mohammed Shahid, Mohammad Fakhreddine, Carlos Kremer (©BRAVE CF)
Mohammed Shahid, Mohammad Fakhreddine, Carlos Kremer (©BRAVE CF)

At “BRAVE CF 57”, Maalem will be cornered by Tahar “Fasthands” Hadbi, 34, of Algeria, who knocked out Fakhreddine at “BRAVE CF 10” in Amman, Jordan on March 2, 2018. During the “BRAVE CF 57” kick-off press conference at the Oasis Mall Juffair in Manama on March 9, 2022, Fakhreddine said he was not bothered if Maalem has to form an alliance with Hadbi.

“I really don’t care,” Fakhreddine said. “He can have Jon Jones if he wants to.”

Jon “Bones” Jones, 34, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States is a two-time light heavyweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He held the title from March 2011 to April 2015 and from December 2018 to August 2020.

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Maalem was asked about his thoughts heading into his rematch with Fakhreddine. The Algerian-Swiss MMA fighter said, “I am going to finish the fight the nastiest way he can imagine.”

“It doesn’t matter (what round),” Maalem continued. “I am going to take him to deep waters.”

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Fakhreddine is the reigning BRAVE CF Middleweight World Champion. He earned the title by defeating Daniel Souza Pereira of Brazil via punches at “BRAVE CF 41” in Bahrain on September 17, 2020.

If Fakhreddine wins at “BRAVE CF 57”, he will become the first ever two-division BRAVE CF world champion. He has yet to defend his middleweight title.

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