Russia and Japan were among the 11 countries represented at the Brave Combat Federation event “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” held on December 28, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the final event of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion in 2018.
Featuring 10 MMA bouts, “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” is the first Brave CF event to be held in Saudi Arabia. The sixth bout of the evening was between promotional debutantes Usman Nurmagomedov of Moscow, Russia and Issei Moriyama of Yokohama, Japan.
Moriyama is training out of Sonic Squad in Konan, Yokohama. He previously competed in Fighting Network ZST.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Moriyama’s fourth professional MMA bout. He was the only fighter who represented Japan at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.”
Nurmagomedov is the cousin of reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The latter is one of the the first members of KHK MMA Fight Team.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Usman’s third professional MMA bout. Six fighters represented Russia in the event namely Usman, Rustam Chsiev, Akhmed Magomedov, Ikram Aliskerov, Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev and Marat Magomedov.
Usman and Moriyama competed in the lightweight division. The referee put a stop to the bout in the first round when the Russian contender knocked out his Japanese opponent.
By winning at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia,” Usman was able to maintain his undefeated professional MMA record. He now has 3 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, it was the first professional MMA loss of Moriyama. He now has 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gadzhiev of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia faced Rami “The Russian” Hamed of Beirut, Lebanon in the welterweight division. The Lebanese fighter knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Marat Magomedov of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada battled it out in the featherweight division. The Canadian contender knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the third round.
Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria were also represented at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.” Check the complete results here.