Top 4 Things I’m Most Excited about Brave Combat Federation Brave 22: Storm of Warriors Happening in Manila this March 15

by - January 22, 2019

It was just a buzz last November 2018, but finally, the fastest rising promotion in the world is coming to Manila! If you’re an MMA fan, you know what I’m talking about. Yes, Brave Combat Federation is holding it’s first-ever fight-card in Manila this March 15, 2019.

It has been over two years since Brave CF came into existence but already, fans around the world have observed how Brave Combat Federation is changing the landscape of mixed martial arts with its global vision of scouting the best fighters in all corners of the planet and placing them under the same roof.

Brave CF is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa since it was founded in 2016. With his vision, the organization has taken big steps in the new sport. Compared to the likes of football and basketball, MMA has only been around since the '90s, and it has already evolved and changed in many ways since its inception, adapting its rules to gain a wider audience - which is one of the changes that has made MMA the fastest-growing sport in the world.

During the Brave CF 22 mini-presscon and media meet and greet with Mohammed Shahid, President of Brave Combat Federation held last January 19, 2019 in relation to the upcoming Brave event, he emphasized how the Bahrain-based promotion may have adapted the rules of the MMA but it did not adhere to other promotion of having marketable athletes and choosing only to invest in fighters with certain types of personalities. Brave CF takes pride in giving a truly global platform to athletes because of their in-cage abilities and fighting qualities, regardless of how they come across to the media.

As Brave CF goes to Manila in a fight-card dubbed as Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, MMA Filipino fans as well as worldwide fans should be excited for this first-ever fight card for these four main reasons:

Brave CF First Event in Manila

Brave CF has been setting an example in its two-year run as the fastest-growing promotion in the fastest-growing sport. No other organization has traveled so extensively as Brave has in their first two years of operations. Since September of 2016, the company has visited 14 countries: Bahrain, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Colombia, Pakistan, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia and now for its first event for 2019, it is coming to Manila.

Brave CF is known to give opportunities to fighters from more than 40 countries to showcase their abilities to more than 80 countries around the world with a reach close to 800 million homes.

Set for a groundbreaking event in the iconic Mall of Asia Arena, in Manila, Philippines, Brave Combat Federation will once again use its formula of bringing the biggest international stars on its roster to compete with Philippines' finest. In the main event of Brave 22, the organization's longest-reigning champion, Stephen Loman, will go against former Featherweight titleholder Elias Boudegzdame, from Algeria, by way of Montpellier, France. 

Stephen “The Sniper” Loman: The Champion in his Home Turf

Stephen Loman is one of Brave CF biggest stars and the organization's longest-reigning champion and the champion is coming home to defend his title. Currently holding a record of 12 wins and 2 losses, he is popular not only in our country but also in other parts of Asia. And sooner than you think, MMA worldwide will hear of Loman as a Filipino sports legend next to the People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao.

The fight in Manila will see Loman go for an unprecedented third defense of his belt, this time against former Featherweight titleholder Elias Boudegzdame. 

The Brave CF bantamweight champion Stephen Loman comes from the famous Team Lakay and has won his last six fights and is clean with 4-0 wins under the Brave CF banner. He has defended his belt twice last year via decision win over Frans Mlambo and Felipe Efrain.
Hopefully after a win over "Smile," he could very well cement his status and this after conquering the rest of the world, with appearances in Bahrain and Northern Ireland as well as wins over tough Brazilian and Irish fighters.

What I’m most excited about is that Loman could extend his legacy with this third title defense in front of his countrymen.

Meet Elias “Smile”  Boudegzdame from Algeria, Brave CF First Ever Champion

Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame is the first world champion of Brave CF. His professional record in MMA is 15-5 and for Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, the former Featherweight titleholder will be fighting in the bantamweight division for the first time. He decided to drop to the 135-pound division to fight Loman for his belt.

What I’m most excited about in this fight-card is that Elias Boudegzdame could become the first fighter to hold two belts in two different weight classes and we could be witnessing this at Brave 22.

Four other local fighters could join Stephen Loman in Brave22

In a twitter post, it has been said that the Philippines have offered some of the greatest talents to ever perform inside the Brave cage! For Brave22, the fastest-growing MMA promotion is expected to bring in four other Team Lakay members to join “The Snipe” in the fight-card.

Brave CF is known to insist on blending in local talent with international fighters whenever it lands on a new country, making sure regional fighters have a chance to shine in the biggest of stages and leaving a lasting legacy to the sport in the new areas reached.

For Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, what I’m most excited about is that “The Sniper” is expected to be joined by co-Team Lakay namely Chris “The Slugger” Pipitunge, John Cris “Happy Feet” Corton, Jomar Pa-ac and Harold Banario.

Isn’t this exciting?

For more information about Brave22, follow their Facebook page:

Fans could buy tickets at:

VIP ₱ 6,000.00
Patron ₱ 4,800.00
Lower Box ₱ 900.00
Upper Box ₱ 380.00

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