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Lebanon’s Mohammad Fakhreddine in Isa Town, Bahrain to fight for 2nd BRAVE CF belt

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“The Latest” Mohammad Fakhreddine, 37, of Lebanon is currently in Bahrain. He is set to fight “L’Ambiance” Mohamed Said Maalem, 39, of Algeria and Switzerland at “BRAVE CF 57“, the first BRAVE Combat Federation event in 2022.

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. In the co-main event of the evening, Fakhreddine and Maalem will fight for the vacant BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight Championship.

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

The “BRAVE CF 57” co-main event is a rematch between Fakhreddine and Maalem. They first fought for the BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight Championship belt at “BRAVE CF 52” in Milan, Italy on August 1, 2021.

Maalem defeated Fakhreddine. However, the Italian MMA Federation later ruled the fight a No Contest due to illegal blows by the Algerian-Swiss contender.

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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.

Also on the “BRAVE CF 57” card is Fakhreddine’s protégé Adon “The Shark” Ayoub, 22, of Beirut, Lebanon. They prepared together in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for their respective fights.

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BRAVE CF 57

A total of 16 countries are represented at “BRAVE CF 47.” These are Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.

Fakhreddine and Ayoub are the only fighters representing Lebanon. Maalem solely represents Algeria and is one of the two fighters representing Switzerland.

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“BRAVE CF 57” is part of the BRAVE International Fight Week 2022, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The MMA Super Cup 2022 is also part of the combat sports event organized by BRAVE CF in cooperation with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the Khalid Bin Hamad Sports Organization (KHK SPORTS).

In the main event of “BRAVE CF 57”, Hamza “The Pride of Bahrain” Kooheji, 29, of Bahrain and Brad “Superman” Katona, 30, of Canada will compete for the BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Championship. Here is a recent interview with the latter:

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