BRAVE Combat Federation is back for one last two-card fight week to close the calendar year that will emanate from Hall B, National Stadium in Bahrain. The eight-fight card will be headlined by a super welterweight collision between Bahrain’s own Eldar Eldarov and Denis Maher of Belarus.
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Main Event – Eldarov vs. Maher
Promising Bahraini prospect Eldarov is set to make the walk to the BRAVE CF cage for the first time in nearly two years. Eldarov, the company’s super lightweight world champion (165 lbs.), will be moving up 10 pounds in weight to meet Maher in a special attraction fight. Eldarov (13-1) has a resume becoming of a champion in BRAVE CF, with championship wins over the likes of UFC veterans Mounir Lazzez and Leonardo Mafra. The only loss of his career came at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov, one of the greatest lightweights in the history of the sport back in Eldarov’s second professional fight in 2009. Now 31, Bahrain’s Eldarov seems to be in the midst of his prime and will have the opportunity to pad his resume with a win over Maher.
Victory will not come easily for Eldarov, however, as Maher (8-0) is a heralded fighter in his own right. Maher made his promotional debut last year at BRAVE CF 51 against Rinat Sagyntay picking up a quick TKO victory by way of punches. He will have the benefit of fighting in his regular weight class and has taken fights at 185 pounds in the past while Eldarov has taken fights down at 155 pounds in the past. That said, the Belarusian only stands to have a one-inch height advantage and will need to rely on his finishing ability and killer instinct to topple Eldarov.
Rest of the Card
The co-main event will see Yannis Ghemmouri take on Bair Shtepin at a 139-pound catchweight. Ghemmouri will look to continue his promotional momentum against a fighter in Ghemmouri who is returning to competition following a one-year layoff. Another catchweight bout will proceed the co-main event when Osama El Seady fights Mohamed Juma at 216 pounds. The South African Juma is seeking to follow in the footsteps of countrymen Dricus Du Plessis and Cameron Saimann who are coming off impressive performances at UFC 282. Both men are a combined 1-4 in their last five fights and will be looking to recreate their previous momentum.
Elsewhere on the card, Bellator and PFL veteran Mahmoud Sebie will fight Wajdi Missaoui at 155 pounds and Omar El Dafrawy will complete a two-month turnaround to face Ahmed Sami at middleweight. El Dafrawy fell at the hands of Kevin Ruart at BRAVE CF 65 on Halloween weekend. Abdelghani Saber will face Aymene Souane in a battle of featherweight prospects, and the third and final catchweight bout of the evening will be contested between Egypt’s Ayman Galal and Lebanon’s Anthony Zeidan at 161 pounds. A lightweight bout between Mohsen Mohammadseifi and Dhia Meguellati is scheduled to open the show.
BRAVE CF 67 Results
Eldar Eldarov def. Denis Maher via Submission (kneebar) at 4:52 of Round 1
Yannis Ghemmouri def. Bair Shtepin via TKO (strikes) at 4:43 of Round 2
Mahmoud Sebie def. Wajdi Missaoui via Knockout (grounded punch) at 1:30 of Round 1
Ahmed Sami def. Omar El Dafrawy via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 29-27, 29-28)
Abdelghani Saber def. Aymene Souane via Submission (RNC) at 3:35 of Round 1
Osama El Seady def. Mohamed Ali Sellam via Knockout (Front Kick) at :54 of Round 1
Anthony Zeidan def. Ayman Galal Knockout (Right Hand) at 1:14 of Round 2
Mohsen Mohammadseifi def. Dhia Meguellati via TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1