Skip to main content

BRAVE CF 65 results: Hamza Kooheji dominates Eduardo Mora, Jose Torres has winning return to bantamweight

Friday's event in Bahrain wrapped up the Kombat Kingdom series in spectacular fashion.
hamza-kooheji

The culmination of BRAVE CF's epic Kombat Kingdom series could not have played out on a better note. Under the bright lights of the Khalifa Sports City Arena, there were KOs, TKOs and hard-fought decisions as 22 warriors showed their appreciation in being tasked with fighting on the "BRAVE CF 65: Rumble in the Kingdom" card in the third and final leg of the nine-day mixed martial arts festival taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

The main event saw No. 3-ranked bantamweight and former title contender, Bahrain's Hamza Kooheji (12-3) deliver a master-class performance when he beat Colombia's Eduardo Mora (7-4) in their featherweight bout via unanimous decision.

Aside from Mora's spinning back kick that almost gassed his opponent out, it was all Bahraini power and skill throughout the three-round fight as Kooheji brought out the KHK Team Bahrain MMA tutorial, leveraging off of his body weight to take his opponent down and go to work with his impeccable wrestling and grappling. For the entire fight, Kooheji stuck to Mora's back like white on rice. Mora did well to stay busy and make Kooheji work hard, however, he failed to capitalize on any escapes or attacks as his opponent used every move to secure a takedown and initiate a ground-and-pound.

As the fight moved along, chants of "let's go Hamza" reverberated around the Khalifa Sports City Arena as the Bahraini star redeemed himself after failing to beat now-BRAVE CF bantamweight champion, Brad Katona, in his last title fight. In the third round, Mora gave one last effort in hopes of shocking the world when he dropped that spinning back kick that hurt Kooheji, but the Bahraini athlete grit his teeth, clasping his arms around his opponent and taking his back searching for a rear-naked choke before the buzzer went.

"I have so much respect for Mora," said the victorious Kooheji, who guaranteed a return to the 135-pound division. "He gave me a good spinning back kick that almost gassed me out. I then did what I had to do and went to work. To my KHK Team Bahrain brothers, you are my second family. The whole Bahrain is my family, I love you all. Thank you for coming. I will see the guys at Bantamweight soon."

In the co-main event, USA's Jose "Shorty" Torres (11-1-1) put his hand up as potentially the new BRAVE CF bantamweight contender after he dominated Jordan's Izzedine Al-Derbani (13-3). After an electric start by Al-Derbani, who threw leg kicks and leather with bad intentions, Torres bided his time waiting for the perfect moment.

At one point, the grappling strong-Torres went in for a takedown, which was avoided by Al-Derbani, who beautifully framed out and looked to set the tone for an interesting bout considering the grappling prowess of the American versus the sharp standup of Al-Derbani. However, the relentless Torres backed his wrestling pedigree and eventually negated the range of Al-Derbani before taking him onto "Shorty" airways, scoring easily the takedown of the night that would write the script for the rest of the fight. Torres forced Al-Derbani into his world and educated his opponent with a wrestling clinic.

As the fight went on, the former featherweight Al-Derbani and Torres picked up the pace, but it was "Shorty" showcasing devastating ground control, as he methodically outclassed his opponent for three rounds to secure a unanimous decision win and putting the bantamweight division on notice before expressing his desires to fight the champion, Canada's Katona.

"It's definitely a great opportunity to fight at bantamweight," said Torres. "I feel amazing and happy to be back after 18 months. I love this sport. I would love to fight Brad Katona. I want to fight him one day, but now I need to set my foot right at 135 pounds." 

In the heavyweight bout of the night, the big boys did not disappoint as Bahrain's Shamil Gaziev (9-0) produced the first and only knockout of the night when he beat Lithuania's Pavel Dailidko (4-2). After implementing a heavy grappling-heavy gameplan in the first round, Gaziev then showcased his intelligent standup defense with beautiful head movement and slips prior to showing a fake cross which was then followed up by a monster left hook that sent Dailidko to the BRAVE CF canvas.

BRAVE CF 65 results include:

MAIN CARD

  • Hamza Kooheji def. Eduardo Mora via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jose Torres def. Izzedine Al-Derbani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Ahmed Labban def. Carl Booth via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov def. Mohamed Said Maalem via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Shamil Gaziev def. Pavel Dailidko via knockout (punches) - Round 2, 0:47
  • Issa Salem def. Hussain Ayyad via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Maysara Mohamed vs. Frieh Alharahasheh declared a majority draw (28-28, 27-29, 28-28)
  • Kevin Ruart def. Omar El Dafrawy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Abdulla Al-Yaqoob def. Fouad Shami via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)