India vs. Pakistan in Brave CF - Is MMA the way forward for these fierce rivals?
Pakistan and India have suffered one of the planet's most intractable conflicts, with four wars and countless incidents and skirmishes since WWII. Sports diplomacy provided a huge breakthrough when in 2004 India’s cricket team went on a tour of Pakistan. Then began a series of reciprocal Test series, that abruptly halted following the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. No home Test match series has taken place between the two countries since.
However, in 2016 at World Series of Fighting Global Championship 3 in the Philippines, Team Fight Fortress star Uloomi Karim defeated India's Yadwinder Singh, and fighters then each lofted the flag of the other.
"Peace won that day," said Karim.
At Brave 17 in Lahore, the first international MMA event in Pakistan, Mehmosh Raza set the promotion record for the fastest finish and then sent a strong message to the Indian MMA community.
"Islam is about love, it's about peace," Raza said to the adoring crowd. "That is what we are here for - to spread the love, and to spread the peace."
Then Mehmosh Raza told the crowd, and Brave management, exactly what he wants - "Give me an Indian fight. Pakistan versus India. Who wants to see that!?"
Mehmosh Reza - Brave 17 Post- Fight Interview
"STAND UP LAHORE!" Mehmosh Raza cage interview was as excited as his fight! #BraveCF17Posted by Brave Combat Federation on Saturday, November 3, 2018
Brave may oblige.
Brave CF 20 will take place in India on 22 December at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. The event will see a number of India vs. the world fights, including Kantaraj Agasa vs. Jalal Al Daaja, Abdul Muneer vs. Ali Qaisi, and Keith Lee vs. Angad Bisht. Team Fight Fortress co-founder Ali Sultan said Congratulations to Brave combat Federation on another successful event. Brave 20 is coming to India and i would like to see a fighter from Pakistan on the card, this will be a huge step toward promoting MMA on huge scale in both countries.
Congratulations to Brave combat Federation on another successful event. Brave 20 is coming to India and i would like to see a fighter from Pakistan on the card, this will be a huge step toward promoting MMA on huge scale in both countries.Posted by Ali Sultan on Thursday, November 22, 2018
When it does happen, win, lose, or draw, expect to see the fighters embrace as brothers after the fight, and in so doing, begin to draw their countries together along with them.