Organized by BRAVE Combat Federation as part of BRAVE International Combat Week, the MMA Super Cup presents the some of the strongest, national amateur mixed martial arts teams in the world, according to the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World Amateur MMA rankings alongside wildcard teams. The teams will be facing off to determine the greatest nations in MMA.
Cash prizes are $100,000, $75,000 and $50,000 for first, second and third place, respectively. The prize money is intended to fund the development of the next generation of MMA athletes in the winning nations through their IMMAF-affiliated national federations.
In cooperation with the IMMAF and the Khalid Bin Hamad Sports Organization (KHK SPORTS), the MMA Super Cup 2022 is being held at BRAVE International Fight Week 2022 under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Youth and Sports first deputy president, General Sports Authority president and Olympic Committee president. The first day of fights has concluded at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, Bahrain.
The quarterfinal bouts kickstarted the competition with every team competing for a spot in the semifinals due to take place on March 10, 2022. Here are the results:
Ireland vs Oceania Champions
Ireland faced Team Oceania in the opening quarter-final. The Irish team started the day 1-0 before fights even began, with Kerry Ann Vernon getting a walkover. In the first fight of the day, Ireland’s Eabha Cruise made short work of her opponent, Alisha Burtt, finishing her with a rear-naked choke inside the first round. Ireland were two fights clear heading with three fights remaining, but a strong push from the Oceania fighters saw them level it through Jonas Grace and Auryn Parmley heading into the last fight.
In the Heavyweight clash to decide which team advances, Adnan Larry looked to be on course to victory, dominating most of the round. However, with seconds left on the clock, Gustavo Lopes Borges snatched a leg and got the tap with one second left in the round to send Ireland through.
- 1. 56.7 kg: Eabha Cruise (Ireland) def. Alisha Burtt (Oceania) – Sub (Rear-Naked Choke) R1 2:19
- 2. 61.2kg: Kerry Ann Vernon (Ireland) – bye
- 3. Coopar Royal (Oceania) def. Jamie Abbott Bissett (Ireland) – Sub (Arm-Triangle Choke) R3 1:15
- 4. 65.8kg: Jordan Bradshaw (Ireland) def. Prashanth Guda (Oceania) – UD R3
- 5. 70.3kg: Kasib Murdoch-McKeich (Oceania) def. Lewis Byrne (Ireland) – UD R3
- 6. 77.1kg: Jordan Furey (Ireland) def. Mitchell Kelly (Oceania) – TKO R1 2:09
- 7. 83.9 kg: Jonas Grace (Oceania) def. Cameron Clements (Ireland) – Tech Sub (D’Arce Choke) R3 2:10
- 8. 93kg: Auryn Parmley (Oceania) def. Dennis Perry (Ireland) – UD R3
- 9. 120.2kg: Gustavo Lopez (Ireland) def. Larry Adnan (Oceania) – Sub (Kneebar) R1 2:59
Mexico vs Arab Champions
The next quarter final between Mexico and the Arab Champions was not as closely contested. Mexico were a late addition to the tournament and put a team together on short notice. This did not seem to matter as they dominated from the off.
After already starting the quarter-final two wins up due to walkovers, Andrea Guzman added to that, making her Bantamweight debut count, defeating Maha Houimel via TKO/KO in the second round. Momentum was on their side and they made it count, outpointing their way to victory in the next two fights to secure their semi-final spot. With qualification guaranteed, they opted to forfeit their remaining four fights.
- 10. 56.7kg: Violeta Mendoza Corral (Mexico) – bye
- 11. 61.2kg: Andrea Gabriela Guzman Salazar (Mexico) def. Maha Houimel (Arab) – TKO R2 2:41
- 12. 612kg: Jorge Antonio Lopez Perez (Mexico) def. Fars Khalid Alraimi (Arab) – UD R3
- 13. 65.8kg: Anthony Ramirez Amado (Mexico) def. Osama Raddad (Arab) – UD R3
- 14. 70.3kg: Toni Bou Rached (Arab) def. Luis Enrique Gonzalez Martinez (Mexico) – Forfeit
- 15. 77.1kg: Elie Mansour (LArab) def. Israel Salcido Rodriguez (Mexico) – Forfeit
- 16. 83.9kg: Aymen Nefzi (Arab) def. Cruz Emmanuel Garcia Gonzalez (Mexico) – Forfeit
- 17. 93kg: Miguel Angel Serna Castro (Mexico) – bye
- 18. 120.2kg: Ricardo Bachir (Arab) def. Daniel Flores Sartorius (Mexico) – Forfeit
Kazakhstan vs Balkan Champions
With Ayan Tursyn getting a bye in her fight it was an advantage for Kazakhstan from the off. The Balkan Champions were tipped as dark horses heading into the SuperCup but failed to get a single win. Dominant displays in Kazakhstan’s four fights saw them cruise through to the next round.
2021 European Open senior gold medalist Zhanibek Tynyshtyk was spectacular in his fight with Vojo Katanovic. Zhanibek moved seamlessly around the cage throwing a variety of strikes. He mixed in his wrestling ability well to completely shut out any danger.
- 19. 56.7kg: Ayan Tursyn (Kazakhstan) – bye
- 20. 61.2kg: Antonina Kotlyarevskaya (Kazakhstan) def. Sandra Nikolic (Balkan) – UD R3
- 21. 61.2kg: Zhanibek Tynyshtyk (Kazakhstan) def. Vojo Katanovic (Balkan) – UD R3
- 22. 65.8kg: Anatoliy Zolotykh (Kazakhstan) def. Vojislav Simicic (Balkan) – UD R3
- 23. 70.3kg: Neimat Assadov (Kazakhstan) def. Danilo Ristic (Balkan) – Sub (D’Arce Choke) R1 1:29
Bahrain vs Tajikistan
Host nation Bahrain competed in the curtain closer against an ever tough Tajikistan squad who burst onto the scene in 2021 in impressive fashion. History was made for the Tajikistan team who had female athletes competing for the first time. Both Anisa Karimova and Shohona Ghozoeva fought valiantly but failed to overcome Bahrain’s Aieza Ramos Bertozo and Bianca Basilio.
Basilio is renowned on the BJJ circuit as the Queen of the mats. A title the BJJ black belt certainly lived up to, showing her grappling ability by picking up an armbar finish in her amateur MMA debut.
- 24. 56.7kg: Aieza Ramos Bertozo (Bahrain) def. Anisa Karimova (Tajikistan) – UD R3
- 25. 61.2kg: Bianca Basilio (Bahrain) def. Shohona Ghozoeva (Tajikistan) – Sub (Armbar) R1 1:03
- 26. 61.2kg: Akrom Uzakov (Tajikistan) def. Abdulla Mubarak (Bahrain) – UD R3
- 27. 658kg: Haji Mohamed Ali (Bahrain) def. Bakhtiyor Husainov (Tajikistan) – UD R3
- 28. 70.3kg: Masud Odinaev (Tajikistan) def. Gimbat Magomedov (Bahrain) – UD R3
- 29. 77.1kg: Ramazan Gitinov (Bahrain) def. Jovidon Mahmudov (Tajikistan) – Sub (Anaconda Choke) R2 0:18
- 30. 83.9kg: Sultan Omarov (Bahrain) def. Khalid Tolibzoda (Tajikistan) – UD R3
- 31. 93kg: Gadzhi Gadzhiev (Bahrain) def. Abdullokh Nazarov (Tajikistan) – UD R3
- 32. 120.2kg: Sultan Gapizov (Bahrain) def. Anvar Langarchiev (Tajikistan) – UD R3
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Wednesday (March 9, 2022) – Quarterfinals
- 9:00: Oceania vs Ireland
- 12:30: Mexico vs Arab Champions
- 16:00: Kazakhstan vs Balkan Champions
- 19:30: Bahrain vs Kazakhstan
Thursday (March 10, 2022) – Semifinals
- 15:00: Semifinals (1)
- 18:30: Semifinals (2)
Saturday (March 12, 2022) – Finals
- 14:30: Opening Ceremony
- 15:00: Loser of Semifinals (1) vs Loser of Semifinals (2)
- 18:30: Finals