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Bahraini prince thanks Rodrigo Duterte, calls Philippines ideal place for MMA

Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Rodrigo Duterte

Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Rodrigo Duterte

Currently in the Philippines, His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa recently met Rodrigo Duterte. The Bahraini prince thanked the Philippine president after their discussion of the strong relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Philippines.

“Sports have become an important part of the promotion of bilateral relations between countries, and this is an opportunity for us to open the horizons of fruitful cooperation between Bahrain and the Philippines in this fertile field, which is driving the relationship towards further growth and progress,” Al Khalifa stated. “We take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to Your Excellency for the warm welcoming and hosting the 22nd edition of Brave.”

Al Khalifa established Brave Combat Federation in 2016. The promotion’s 22nd event titled “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” will be its first ever event to take place in the Philippines.

“The Philippines is the ideal place to embrace sports activities, especially MMA, thanks to its popularity among youth in the country and the emergence of many young talents such as Stephen Loman, who’s our champion and part of the Brave family,” Al Khalifa said. “Hosting such great sports activities reflects Your Excellency’s strong efforts in supporting sports and sportspeople.”

Duterte praised the efforts put forth by Brave CF. He said, “We are very proud of our close links with the Kingdom of Bahrain, which has developed through the years.”

“Your Highness’s visit opens new horizons for collaboration between both countries and serves for the development of our ties,” Duterte continued. “Hosting ‘Brave 22’ is part of our cooperation in supporting a promotion which is making its way towards the global stage.”

Featuring 10 MMA bouts, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. Among the 20 MMA fighters on the card, 11 are Filipinos.

In the main event, Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France will challenge reigning Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines. Here is a clip featuring the Filipino champ:

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