Thursday, February 22, 2018

I have a friend who’s a law professor now, but he used to be an Army Ranger. My buddy learned that a guy was stalking one of his little sisters, so he called him up.

“People use the word kill all the time, but they don’t actually mean it,” he explained. “But if you continue to stalk my sister, I will kill you, and I mean it.”

Fighters say “I’ll kill that guy” all the time, but they don’t really mean it. One of the most intense rivalries in the sport – Tahar Hadbi vs. Mohammad Fakhreddine – comes to a head again at Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises on March 2, in Amman, Jordan. They’ve talked about killing each other, and I don’t know that they don’t mean it.

After their controversial No Contest at Brave 9, when an accidental low blow from Hadbi ended the fight, Fakhreddine started to mock his opponent with social media videos depicting the low blow.

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While Hadbi laughed off the provocations, the Obyfight product promised to make his arch-rival cry when they meet again.

“I did not pay too much attention to Fakhreddine’s latest provocations,” said Hadbi. “Honestly, I have other things to do. I just saw a video that made me laugh, he plays really well the comedy, it reminds me of our last fight. But I’ll tell him this: Fakhreddine, do enjoy your little funny videos, because I will make you cry at Brave 10.”

Before the kick to the groin ended their first encounter, the French-Algerian and Lebanese fighter had a great first round, and Hadbi admits that he learned a lot from the first five minutes he spent inside the cage with Fakhreddine.

“You can learn a lot about your opponent having spent five minutes inside the cage with him,” said Hadbi. “First, I thought he was powerful, now I know that he’s not. Second, he landed some good low kicks but I already knew it. He did the same in every previous fight he had, so I will defend it better and for the rest, I won’t say more, people will have to tune in.”

“I do think it’s the biggest rivalry in the history of the promotion. A lot of people want to see this fight, and I hope we are going to give them a great show!”

Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises marks the promotion’s first show in Jordan, home to some of Brave’s most decorated fighters, and the seventh country to host a Brave Combat Federation event, after Bahrain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, and Mexico.

Brave 10 Full Fight Card:
Jakub Kowalewicz (Poland) vs Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame (Algeria) for Featherweight title
Jarrah Al Selawe (Jordan) vs David Bear (France)
Charlie Leary (UK) vs “The Pride of Palestine” Abdul Kareem Al Selwady (Jordan)
Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine (Lebanon) vs Tahar “Fast Hands” Hadbi (France)
Pawel Kielek (Poland) vs Tyler Hill (USA)
Felipe Efrain (Brazil) vs Frans Mlambo (Ireland)
Dylan “The Nuke” Tuke (Ireland) vs Sodiq “Super” Yusuff (USA)
Jalal Al Daaja (Jordan) vs Crisanto Pitpitunge (Philippines)
Mohammad “The Killer” Ghorabi (Lebanon) vs Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gaziev (Russia)
Tarek Suleiman (Syria) vs Will Fleury (Ireland)
Nawras “The Honey Badger” Abzakh (Jordan) vs Abdul Hussein (Finland)
Chad “Superman” Hanekom (South Africa) vs Ikram Aliskerov (Russia)