Saturday, August 01, 2020

Since Khabib Nurmagomedov took the MMA world by storm, many have searched for the "next Khabib." Although a number of fighters have been labeled as such, one name stands out as the perfect prototype to build a story as successful as Nurmagomedov's. His name is Muhammad Mokaev.

A British national with Dagestani roots, Mokaev is only 20 but has been shaped since day one to become a superstar in the sport of MMA. A member of Bahrain's KHK MMA, "The Punisher" made his amateur debut at age 15, and since then he never stopped competing, winning, and breaking records.

Before he turned 18 and finally began entering IMMAF competitions, Mokaev had already fought seven times, in events all over England. In the 2018 Junior World Championships, he won his first world title but wanted more. In Bahrain, where the Juniors were held that year, he vowed to come back in 2019, this time to win the senior tournament.

But before, Mokaev made a quick stop in Rome, Italy, where he secured the IMMAF European title. Arriving in Bahrain a year after his first tournament experience, and already an amateur star, he lived up to the hype and obliterated the competition to become the 2019 IMMAF World Champion.

The similarity in with a strong physique, lots and lots of pressure, and enough wrestling to not only take the opponents down but keep them there and punish them severely, Mokaev quickly started to be compared with his fellow Dagestani Nurmagomedov. Although Mokaev says he would rather be known as the first Muhammad Mokaev.

BRAVE Combat Federation had several different opponents drop out of Mokaev's debut fight. Finally, the promotion was able to find someone who, while not boasting a record as strong as Mokaev’s, has the confidence to take on the feared amateur multi-champion on short notice - 11-5 former Clan Wars amateur champ from Belfast, Northern Ireland Glenn McVeigh.

The fight takes place on Saturday, at BRAVE CF 37. Will Mokaev, for the first time in a global stage, without the shinpads, and with all the pressure over his shoulders, be able to keep delivering?

If the fighter faceoffs are any indication, it's going to be a tremendous fight. As they stared down, Mokaev and McVeigh went face to face, until Glenn lightly pushed Muhammad. The former IMMAF star then asked his opponent "why he was shaking" and said that they saw each other yesterday and he did nothing. The Irish debutant proceeded to claim they could fight anytime, even volunteering his room number to Mokaev.

The fastest-growing MMA organization in the world lands in Stockholm, Sweden for the first time ever; showtime is Noon ET. Fans worldwide can watch the event live and free at BRAVE CF TV. In the USA, fans can watch the through FITE.tv. And the MENA region will be able to watch at Sport Extra.

Full fight card:
Welterweight: Louis Glismann def. Henri Lintula by submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2
Heavyweight: Irman Smajic def. Fatih Aktas by unanimous decision
Bantamweight: Muhammad Mokaev def. Glenn McVeigh by unanimous decision
Catchweight (222 lbs): Anton Turkalj def. Athanasios Chergkeletzis by TKO - Round 1
Featherweight: Fernando Flores def. Michael Deiga-Scheck by submission (brabo choke) - Round 1
Strawweight: Bianca Antman def. Veera Nykanen by KO - Round 3
Lightweight: Hamid Sadid def. Seyyed Masoud Derekeh by TKO - Round 1
Welterweight: Mohamed Zarey def. Ahouzi Kouame by submission (heel hook) - Round 1