The Philippines was among the eight countries represented at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” It was the first show of Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation to be held in the Philippines.
Featuring nine MMA bouts, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. In the fifth bout of the evening, Harold “The Artist” Banario, 24, of Mankayan, Benguet, Philippines faced Ariel “The Lady Boxer” Oliveros, 24, of Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines.
Banario was originally set to face Gamzat Magomedov, 23, of St. Petersburg, Russia at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” But the Russian fighter who is training out of KHK MMA in Manama, Bahrain has been forced to pull out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Oliveros.
Oliveros made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 17” at the Nistar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 10, 2018. He lost to Haider “The Giant” Farman, 22, of Islamabad, Pakistan.
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” marked Oliveros’s second Brave CF bout. Before joining the promotion, he competed in the Universal Reality Combat Championship, which is now known as the URCC Global.
Training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Banario has been competing professionally since 2012. He is the younger brother of former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29.
Harold was supposed to make his Brave CF debut at “Brave 20: India” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India on December 22, 2018. However, he was forced off his scheduled bout against Angad Bisht, 20, of Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India and was rescheduled against Magomedov.
Tomasz Bronder served as the referee of the bantamweight bout between Harold and Oliveros at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” It only took Banario 41 seconds to submit Oliveros via kneebar.
Winning at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” improved Banario’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Oliveros now has 3 wins and 4 losses.
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Cian “The Warrior” Cowley, 25, of Dublin, Ireland and John “The Trouble” Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand competed in the lightweight division in the co-main event of the evening. The Kiwi contender won via split decision.
In the main event, former Brave CF Featherweight Champion Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France challenged reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines. The Filipino defending champion knocked out his French-Algerian opponent via strikes.
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Bahrain, Finland, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand and Pakistan were represented at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” Banario and Oliveros were two of the 11 Filipino fighters on the card.
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