Brave Combat Federation is the largest[3] mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in Bahrain. Brave Combat Federation was established on 23 September 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.[4] Brave Combat Federation features mixed martial artists from 28 nations located in five continents. Brave Combat Federation events are aired though multiple media partners including El Rey Network, Combate, Myx TV, ABS-CBN Sports and Action and Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation. Brave Combat Federation produced six pay-per-view events apart from announcing events in Abu Dhabi and Brazil.[5][6]

The organization had been formally launched and has established operations in Dublin,[7] São Paulo and Mumbai[8] prior to launching events and for talent relations. Brave Combat Federation alongside the holding company, KHK MMA and Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation have announced to host IMMAF World Championships in November, 2017.[9]


KHK MMA is a Bahrain based mixed martial arts organisation which promotes the growth of mixed martial arts in the region. KHK MMA is also the holding company of Brave Combat Federation. KHK MMA was established by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa.[10] Bahrain MMA is the official gym for KHK MMA.[11] KHK MMA launched operations of Brave Combat federation on July 27, 2016 and officially launched the promotion on 23 September 2016.[12] KHK MMA Fight Team features fighters from multiple promotions including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Frankie Edgar, Jose Torres [13] and James Gallagher.[14] Coaches and UFC Hall of Famers like Renzo Gracie, John Kavanaugh, Bob Schirmer and Pete Williams are also working with KHK MMA.[15]


Brave Combat Federation follow the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts that were originally established by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and modified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[16]

Weight divisions and champions

Brave Combat Federation has following weight classes:

Weight class name Upper limit Current champion Date won Title Defenses
in pounds (lb) in kilograms (kg)
Strawweight 115 52.2 Vacant - -
Flyweight 125 56.7 Vacant - -
Bantamweight 135 61.2 Philippines Stephen Loman November 17, 2017 0
Featherweight 145 65.8 Algeria Elias Boudegzdame March 31, 2017 1
Lightweight 155 70.3 Morocco Ottman Azaitar November 17, 2017 0
Welterweight 170 77.1 Guyana Carlston Harris August 12, 2017 0
Middleweight 185 83.9 Vacant - -
Light Heavyweight 205 93.0 Brazil Klidson de Abreu August 12, 2017 0
Heavyweight 265 120.2 Vacant - -

Brave Combat Federation Title history

Brave Combat Federation Light Heavyweight Championship

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Brazil Klidson Farias
def. Timo Feucht
Brave CF 8: The Kingdom of Champions
Curitiba, Brazil
August 12, 2017

Brave Combat Federation Welterweight Championship

156 to 170 lbs
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Guyana Carlston Harris
def. Carl Booth
Brave CF 8: The Kingdom of Champions
Curitiba, Brazil
August 12, 2017

Brave Combat Federation Lightweight Championship

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Morocco Ottman Azaitar
def. Alejandro Martinez
Brave CF 9: The Kingdom of Champions
Isa Town, Bahrain
November 17, 2017

Brave Combat Federation Featherweight Championship

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Algeria Elias Boudegzdame
def. Masio Fullen
Brave 4: Unstoppable
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
May 31, 2017

1. def. Jakub Kowalewicz at Brave X: The Kingdom Rises on March 2, 2018

Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Championship

126 to 135 lbs (58 to 60 kg)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
1 Philippines Stephen Loman
def. Gary Mangat
Brave CF 9: The Kingdom of Champions
Isa Town, Bahrain
November 17, 2017


Brave Combat Federation has held two events in Bahrain. The third event was organised in Curitiba, Brazil.[17] The fourth event was held in Abu Dhabi. The subsequent event was held in India on 23 April 2016. Brave Combat Federation is the first global promotion to hold an event in India. The event was held at NSCI Dome in Mumbai.[18] The latest event was held at Almaty, Kazakhstan. The organisation has announced to host nine events in Middle-East by the end of 2017.[19] Brave has also announced to host events in India as a part of their expansion plan.[20]

Event Country Location Date
Brave 11 Brazil Brazil Belo Horizonte April 13, 2018
Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises Jordan Jordan Prince Hamzah Sporting Hall, Amman March 2, 2018
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions Bahrain Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town November 17, 2017
Brave 8: The Rise of Champions Brazil Brazil Taruma, Curitiba August 12, 2017
Brave 7: Untamed Mexico Mexico Caliente Casino, Tijuana July 29, 2017
Brave 6: Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Almaty Arena, Almaty April 29, 2017
Brave 5: Go For Glory India India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai April 23, 2017
Brave 4: Unstoppable United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates IPIC Arena, Abu Dhabi March 31, 2017
Brave 3: Battle in Brazil Brazil Brazil Max Rosenmann Arena, Curitiba March 18, 2017
Brave 2: Dynasty Bahrain Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town December 2, 2016
Brave: The Beginning Bahrain Bahrain Khalifa Sports City Arena, Isa Town September 23, 2016

Brave Combat Federation Records[21]

Record Fighter Number
Most Bouts England Carl Booth 4
Most Wins Jordan Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady, Egypt Ahmed Amir, Bahrain Hamza Kooheji,
Jordan Jarrah Al Silawi, Morocco Ottman Azaitar
Most Total Fight Time Argentina Kevin Koldobsky 36:24
Most Knockouts India Mohammad Farhad, Lebanon Mohammad Fakhreddine 2
Fastest Knockout India Mohammad Farhad 0:40
Most Submissions Algeria Elias Boudegzdame 2
Fastest Submission Algeria Elias Boudegzdame 1:47


TV partners


Film Production

SMILE - Documentary

Poster of SMILE

Brave Combat Federation has announced initiation of operations of their subsidiary film production unit named Brave Films. To commence operations the film production unit producted the television documentary-drama "SMILE"[28] on 26 June during Eid.[29] The documentary narrates the story of the featherweight champion of Brave Combat Federation and behind the scenes of his training leading to the championship bout. The content was shot extensively in Montpellier, France and Tijuana, Mexico apart from locations in Bahrain and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The initiative was publicised to popularise mixed martial arts and to showcase the lifestyle of fighters[30] and marks the launch of “Brave Films”, a film production segment by Brave Combat Federation.[31]

2017 Brave International Combat Week

Poster of 2017 Brave International Combat Week, Bahrain

Brave International Combat Week 2017 will take place during 12 November till 19 November in the Kingdom of Bahrain.[32] The event will consist of a premium edition of Brave Combat Federation, 2017 IMMAF World Championships and a series of expos focused on business, combat sports and sports based initiatives.[33]

See also


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  3. ^ "BRAVE COMBAT FEDERATION The biggest cultural shift in Bahrain - PowerUp Magazine". 
  4. ^ "A Brave New World - Interview - Gulf Insider - The Arabian Review". 
  5. ^ "Com ex-UFC no card, Brave 3 anuncia venda de ingressos para evento no Brasil". 22 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Brave 3: Bananada tira sarro de grito característico de ex-UFC e companheiros". 
  7. ^ "Brave Combat Federation coming to Ireland - Fightstore Media". 12 September 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Bahrain to host IMMAF World Championships". 
  10. ^ http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/737614
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  12. ^ http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/737614
  13. ^ http://www.arabsmma.com/28680-2/
  14. ^ http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/737140
  15. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/2015/08/fighters-and-trainers-discuss-khk-chances-to-become-best-mma-camp-in-the-world
  16. ^ "NSAC Regulations: CHAPTER 467 - UNARMED COMBAT". Nevada State Athletic Commission. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/events/Brave-Combat-Federation-Brave-3-Battle-in-Brazil-58249
  18. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/india/the-times-of-india-mumbai-edition/20170422/282690457073992
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  20. ^ "KHK MMA - Brave Combat Federation to initiate operations in India - City Air News". 
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  31. ^ http://www.arabsmma.com/trailer-mma-film-smile-boudegzdame/
  32. ^ http://www.newsofbahrain.com/viewNews.php?ppId=37206&TYPE=Posts&pid=21&MNU=2&SUB=
  33. ^ http://www.arabsmma.com/sheikh-khalid-bin-hamad-al-khalifa-announces-brave-international-combat-week/