Brave CF 45 8:30 am ET

BRAVE Combat Federation 45 was scheduled for November 12 in Bahrain, but on November 11, the nation’s beloved Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, passed away. Out of respect, the event was delayed a week until Thursday, November 19. However, fighters had already weighed in. BRAVE CF listened to the concerns of the fighters and after giving consideration to their feedback, the promotion decided to rebook the fights as Catchweight bouts, while monitoring fighter weights to ensure that no fighter dramatically rehydrated more than any other. This eliminated the need for another week of weight cutting.

It was a unique, albeit inadvertent experiment in a fight week with no weight cutting, and the fighters were delighted. Colombia’s Dumar Roa, who fights in the main event, was effusive.

“I am actually very happy about this,” he said. “I feel very strong right now. Whenever weight cutting is involved, there is a lot of stress involved too but this time there is no stress. I feel completely relaxed. This whole week has been a beautiful experience. This fight is a big opportunity for me and I am in the best shape possible to grab it.”

Opponent Ian Entwistle was happy too.

“I was just telling my coach today that it’s kind of nice, because usually at this point I am thinking about weight cutting but now all I need to think about is fighting,” said Enty.  “This is how MMA should be anyway. I don’t think there should be weight cutting at all, I think we should all just get in there and just fight.”

How to Watch
BRAVE CF 45 takes place at Bahrain National Stadium, behind closed doors, and begins at 4:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET). Fans around the world can watch the show live and free by signing up at BRAVE CF TV. In the MENA region, fans can watch the Kombat Kingdom show on Abu Dhabi Sports. O2TV Network will have the fights available for Czech Republic and Slovakia, while Fight Network will broadcast the show to the UK, Serbia, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Angola, Mozambique, Israel, Nigeria, Caribbean, USA, Canada. Fite TV will have BRAVE CF 45 available for fans in the USA.

BRAVE CF 45 Results

:Ian Entwistle returned to the cage after a four-year absence, as a last-minute replacement for Brazil’s Gabriel “Fly” Miranda, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 before boarding to the Kingdom of Bahrain, forcing him to be pulled from the contest.

Entwistle kicked things off showing how much he missed the thrill of professional fighting. He went for it right after the bell rang and tried to catch Roa with a right hand. They briefly clinched and the Englishman pulled guard, quickly transitioning to a heel hook.

They spent roughly three minutes scrambling back-and-forth in the position, in a fast-paced, chess-like grappling exhibition. When Roa finally managed to take the top position, getting away from the hook and surviving several near-submission situations, Entwistle tapped, surprising everyone.

It was clear by the images that “Enty” injured himself while trying to submit Roa, and it was later confirmed by the doctors that he had blown out his knee; the exact nature of the injury and how it happened remains uncertain. The only thing for sure is that Dumar Roa won his second consecutive BRAVE CF bout in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he seems to feel at home.

“I’m excited to come back, I love to fight, it’s the thing I love most in life. Everyone in BRAVE CF is great, it’s such a wonderful promotion, so I’m really happy to be here,” said Roa immediately post. “I knew he was looking for a heel hook but my nickname is Lionheart for a reason, as all the Colombian people are also brave in their hearts.”

Dumar also shared his thoughts on the unique situation he saw himself in, prior to the bout. The Colombian went to Mexico for a one-week training camp but ended up stuck in the country for months, due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic.

“This was a big surprise for me but thankfully, I was welcomed by very nice people that helped me during such challenging times,” he said. “Coach Roberto brought me in, made me part of his family, and they’re my second family now. But I really miss my family in Colombia, I stayed nine months away from them and I miss them so much, I can’t wait to be back and finally meet them”.

In the much anticipated Light Heavyweight co-main event of the evening, Switzerland’s Mohamed Said Maalem earned a vicious first-round knockout over Zvonomir “The Croatian Sensation” Kralj. During the first minutes, it appeared that Zvonomir was on his way to yet another victory inside the BRAVE CF cage. However, it all changed halfway through the round. Maleem turned it around, got a powerful knockdown, and then, like a shark smelling blood, went for the finish, forcing the referee to stop the contest with a little more than a minute left on the clock.

The night also saw the pro debut of one of the most successful IMMAF amateur fighters in the sport – Bahrain’s double world champion Murtaza Talha. Dominating Vadim Litvin, Murtaza lived up to the expectation and put on a textbook performance, to get a second-round Rear Naked choke submission, opening his professional as he closed his amateur run: winning.

BRAVE CF 45 results:
Dumar Roa def. Ian Entwistle by TKO (injury) –  2m47s – Round 1
Mohammed Said Maalem def. Zvonimir Kralj by TKO (punches) – 3m50s – Round 1
Abdisalam Uulu Kubanychbek def. Vagif Askerov by TKO (punches) – 3m33s – Round 1
Nkosi Ndebele def. Zia Mashwani by TKO (strikes) – 4m29s – Round 1
Murtaza Talha def. Vadim Litvin by submission (rear-naked choke) – 3m00s – Round 2
Akhmed Magomedov def. Abdul Azim Badakhshi by unanimous decision (3x 30-27)
Adon Ayoub def. Isa Alameeri by submission (armbar) – 2m34s   – Round 2
​Mohammed Zuhair def. Ali Abuhamda by unanimous decision (2x 30-27, 29-28)

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