Fakhreddine to Ottman: Defend vs. Al Selwady or vacate

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mohammed Fakhreddine just released a video addressing the potential dreamfight between his friends Abdul Kareem Al Selwady and undefeated Brave Combat Federation lightweight champion Ottman Azaitar.

Al Selwady has expressed interest in the fight, but Ottman ignored the challenge. Fakhreddine believes Selwady would have the upper hand due to his strong base in wrestling vs. the exciting, brawling style of Ottman Azaitar. Azaitar’s last fight was at welterweight and there are grumblings that he is the sole Brave CF champion who has yet to defend the belt, and is avoiding major challenges like Geraldo ‘Luan Santana’ Coelho. The lightweight division is deep after recent signings including Godofredo Pepey and Djamil Chan.

“I think it will be a really good fight,” said Fakhreddine. “With all my due respect, if that fight happens I see Selwady winning all the way. I like Ottman. He is a great guy, a great fighter but I don’t find any reason why he shouldn’t take that fight. He is the champion. He has to defend his belt one way or the other to anybody who is on top two or top three. And I believe Selwady is number one right now behind the champion. He will be champion very soon if he faces Ottman. But if Ottman doesn’t take the fight, he must just forfeit the belt. You cannot be a champion and not fight or not try to defend the belt. He fought in Morocco at the welterweight where he should have fought lightweight. I think Ottman must either take the fight or vacate the belt.”

Fakhreddine and Al-Selwady recently shared a training camp at Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas. Fakhreddine will make his return at Brave 16 on September 21 in Abu Dhabi vs. the breakout star from Dagestan, Russia – Gadzhimusa Gaziev.