Al-Selwady dedicates his fight to Jordan and Palestine
Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady will become the first Palestinian fighter to compete for the world championship when he faces Lucas Mineiro on November 16, at Brave Combat Federation 18 in Bahrain. Selwady is undefeated in Brave CF with four wins in the lightweight division. On a five-fight win streak, Selwady fights Lucas Mineiro, who is also on a five-fight win streak, and has a professional career with 20-3.
The fighter recently appeared on Idrees Crawley's The MMA Scene Podcast and dedicated his big moment to all those who supported him during the days of struggle. The lightweight fighter who trains at Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas explained the reason why he supports Palestine and Jordan.
“I am a Palestinian," he said. "Now I have a Jordanian passport as well as a US passport. I feel like when I fight, behind each punch, behind each throw I hit there is a big voice for the Palestinians. They are very proud of me and I am very proud of them. I fight for them, for people to know their story. This happens a lot. I raise the flag of Palestine and people always ask me hey, what’s that flag and why do you raise it? That gives me the chance to tell my story and talk about my people and that is one of the main reasons I do it.”
Born Abdul Kareem Mubarak, the fighter added the name of the village where he was originally from to his name, thus making it Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady. He has become famous in Brave Nation for the high energy post-victory celebrations with his father, Husam Mubarak Al-Selwady, who also serves as his cornerman.
“I give a voice to our people and I will continue to do it," he said. "That is something I am very proud of. I also raise a Jordanian flag because I used to live there and I am also from there. Jordanians and Palestinians are like brothers so I hybrid the flags and connect them as one to show a union of Jordan and Palestine. You can tell, they are almost the same flag but the Jordanian flag has a star on it."
This fight is the main event of Brave 18, in which three championship titles will be contested.
Brave 18 will take place during Brave International Combat Week 2018, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the biggest combat sports event taking place in Asia, bringing together athletes from over 100 nations.