This week we have three fighters from this island over in Bahrain to compete at Brave Combat Federation 49: Super Fights, which is due to stream live on Brave CF TV on the afternoon of Thursday, 25th of March.
First up we have Glenn McVeigh from Belfast, Northern Ireland, taking on Frieh Harahsheh who is traveling out of Jordan for the first time to make his pro debut on the promotion.
Fighting out of Fight Academy Ireland (FAI) under Pat McAlister and Liam Shannon, McVeigh returns to Brave CF after taking a loss in a challenging professional debut against Muhammad Mokaev. He aims to get his first professional win on Thursday and bring his record to 1-1.
Mokaev also makes an appearance on Thursday’s card, taking on submission artist Abdul Hussein from Finland (7-1) who is returning to Brave after 15 months out. This is an interesting narrative to follow if you’re just getting into this promotion.
Fighting out of Manchester, Dagestani fighter Mokaev has been making waves throughout his amateur and professional careers, coming in to this on a 27-0 winstreak, including his 4 pro wins in 2020, of which McVeigh was the first.
Next up, the showstopper fighting out of SBG Portarlington – Matiss Zaharovs. If you haven’t watched this lad fight, please, just go watch him. Competing between flyweight and bantamweight, Matiss sits 4-0 as a pro without a decision in sight since his last loss at amateur in 2018.
Under the direction of Phil Mulpeter, Zahorovs has shown incredible diversity in his MMA game as well as an intelligent approach to the business elements of the industry.
Considering interactions I’ve had with him at the domestic MMA shows here, it is obvious to me that he can handle the pressure. He maybe even thrives in pressure cooker situations, and almost certainly enjoys brutally finishing people.
I see Matiss Zaharovs as a champion in the not too distant future. Mark my words.
New Brave signee Blaine O’Driscoll (9-3) makes his highly anticipated return to the cage as he faces Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres (9-1-1) , with Torres emerging from a difficult run of cancelled bouts resulting in him improving his record by just 1-0-1 since 2018.
Torres had an incredible start to his career, resulting in a UFC contract. People may remember the crazy slam video doing the rounds a few years ago where Jarred Brooks messed up bad and pretty much knocked himself out.. Yeah, that was Shorty Torres there finishing the job off for Brooks with a short blast of ground and pound.
O’Driscoll is coming off a first round submission victory over Salah Elkas on Bellator 247 back in October and is keen to keep up the momentum gained from his Bellator run. In interviews he stated there was no clear path for him as a flyweight with Bellator. Lighter weight classes are notoriously lacking in the promotion and there is no belt for competitors to work towards at this current time.
With Brave, O’Driscoll finds himself in the exact opposite scenario. Within a week of being signed to Brave he has traveled, quarantined and is currently in preparation to take on the accomplished Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres in a 61kg catchweight bout as part of the Brave CF Flyweight Tournament.
I love this about Brave. The fighter safety always seems to come first.
Despite being at catchweight, the winner of this bout will pass on to the semi-finals of the Flyweight Tournament. I take that as they’ve taken the opportunity to put on this great fight but not putting peoples’ lives at risk in the process. Fair play, Brave CF.
Joining Glenn and Blaine in Bahrain is the usual Irish crew –
Decky Larkin – Head of Regulatory Affairs, Phil Campbell – commentator and analyst and Jess Isaacson, Brian Coyle and Ryan Martin on cuts.
L-R Brian Lacey, Brian Coyle, Carlos Kramer, Dec Larkin, Kirik Jenness,
Jess Isaacson, Phil Campbell, Hadi Mohammad Ali, Mattias Sjödén, ?
Have fun everyone and let’s get those wins lads 🙂
Register at bravecftv.com to watch the event and support the fighters
Event kicks off around 3pm