Prince Khalid commends local fighters at IMMAF worlds
The 2017 IMMAF World Championships at Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain are underway as part of Brave International Combat Week. You can watch the matches from all three cages live by downloading the Bahrain TV app. The Bahrain TV (Ministry of Information and Affairs) app is downloadable from iTunes and Google Play.
His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport, Honorary Chairman of the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the BRAVE International Combat Week, and the 4th edition of the Mixed Martial Arts World Championship, spoke recently with BNA.bh about the performance of local fighters.
“The quarter-finals were very strong, with some caution from the fighters and their keenness not to make mistakes that might give the opponent the chance to take full control of the game and gain an opening to end the match to his advantage,” said His Highness. “This made the players very caution at the beginning of the bouts, but that changed when they got to know the abilities of each other.
“I followed the bouts of the world fighters, and focused directly on the capabilities they possess. It was impossible to predict who would be champion due to the high levels of play and tremendous physical capabilities of the fighters, which reflect a fierce competition for the advanced positions. and this is what we aspired to see, a strong tournament with honest competition reflecting the extent of development mixed martial arts sport has reached”.
“Hussain ‘Ayad, Hamza Mohammedov, Abdul-Manaf, and Murtadha Ali have qualified to the semi-finals of the World Championship, which is expected because of the great abilities of these brave fighters. We hope to continue to provide high-levels before the semi-finals, and ensure that Bahrain gains advanced positions to enhance achievements by Bahrain’s mixed martial arts sport, which is now a strong contender in various international tournaments”.
“We have been keen to involve the female players of our team, Fatima Burshaid and Hind Rizk, in order for them to gain more experience and interaction with fighters from different countries of the world, and to get used to the atmosphere of global events, in the hope of achieving positive results in the upcoming competitions.
“In the future, we seek to host and organize more competitions of mixed martial arts to reaffirm Bahrain’s status as an important center for this sport in the Middle East.”
International Combat Week will culminate with Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions on Friday:
Lightweight: Ottman Azaitar vs. Alejandro Martínez (for the inaugural title)
Featherweight: Elias Boudegzdame (champion) vs. Lucas Mineiro
Bantamweight: Gurdarshan Mangat vs. Stephen Loman (for the inaugural title)
Welterweight: Jarrah Al Selawe vs. Carl Booth
Lightweight: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Alan Omer
Lightweight: Erick “Índio Brabo” vs. Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady
Welterweight: Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Tahar Hadbi
Bantamweight: Mohammad Farhad vs. Hamza Kooheji
Bantamweight: Felipe Efrain vs. Nawras Abzakh
Lightweight: Ahmed Amir vs. Erik Carlsson
Bantamweight: Frans Mlambo vs. Michael Deiga-Scheck
Middleweight: Jeremy Smith vs. Ikram Aliskerov
Catchweight (150 lbs): Hardeep Rai vs. Alex Trinidad
Lightweight: Charlie Leary vs. Daniele Scatizzi
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw vs. Jalal Al Daaja
Strawweight: Atif Mohammed vs. Haider Farman