Hailing from Dagestan, Russia, mixed martial artist Russia, Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, moved to Bahrain in 2015. He was invited by his friend and fellow Brave Combat Federation fighter Hamza “The Pride of Bahrain” Kooheji, 26, of Bahrain.
Kooheji was training for the biggest fight of his career up to that point so he invited Eldarov to help him in Bahrain. After the victory of the Bahraini fighter in a historically significant bout for the sport in Bahrain, the Dagestani fighter ended up moving permanently.
Eldarov quickly adapted to his new surroundings, made lifelong friends and started to coach the Bahraini amateur team. When His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s vision to build KHK MMA, a world-class MMA team, came to fruition, the Dagestani fighter was called up to help the gym achieve its goals.
Between coaching commitments, Eldarov also forged one of the best MMA records in Brave CF, winning all of his three previous bouts in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion. His fourth bout in the promotion will be one of the two co-main events of “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” which will take place at the Al-Hussein Youth City Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan on April 19, 2019.
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Eldarov will face undefeated fighter Mounir “The Sniper” Lazzez, 31, of Tunisia. They will compete for the inaugural Brave CF Super Lightweight Championship title.
To prepare for “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Eldarov will briefly take a step back as a coach to focus on making history. If he beats Lazzez at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” the Dagestani fighter will become the first fighter to claim a world championship for Bahrain.
Primarily known as a wrestler, Eldarov has made visible improvements in his overall MMA game, adding specific trainers for boxing and Muay Thai as well as wushu world champions as sparring partners, showing he is not underestimating Lazzez’s powerful striking.
The general feeling in Eldarov’s coaching team is that he is ready to surprise Lazzez should the fight remain standing. The Dagestani fighter himself is confident that he could be the first man to knock out the undefeated Tunisian fighter.
Brave CF has been at the forefront of positive changes in the sport of MMA and recently opened up the super lightweight division, which was created to give fighters more options to fight at their optimal weight. It offered Eldarov the chance to write his name and Bahrain’s into MMA history.
Here is a clip featuring Eldarov and Lazzez: