Lebanon’s Mohammad Fakhreddine (9-1) made his Brave debut at the end of March and he put on a show, beating Anderson Silva’s sparring partner Vinícius Cruz (8-2-1) via second round TKO at Brave 4 in Abu Dhabi. Fakhreddine is predicting a similar result in his upcoming welterweight matchup against former UFC fighter Leonardo Mafra (13-4) at Brave 6 this Saturday, April 29th in Kazakhstan. The promotion’s sixth event will be broadcast worldwide and will be streaming on YouTube in regions without a TV deal; check the promotion’s website bravefights.com fore details.
After such a sparkling debut, Fakhreddine predicts that he’ll enjoy similar success against Mafra, who went 1-2 in the UFC and who owns notable wins against Anthony Njokuani and Cain Carrizosa. “I don’t really worry about him, and what he brings to the table. I only worry about me, about what I can do to him. I like to knock people out and that’s what I’ll be looking for, but I’m ready to go for 15 minutes. I want this to be an exciting fight, but I don’t see it going the distance. I think I’m going to be able to knock him out on the second round”,
With nine wins and only one defeat on his professional record, and widely recognized as Middle East’s pound for pound best fighter, the welterweight phenom will only have 29 days between fights. Fakhreddine guarantees the quick turnaround is not a worry and is looking to build momentum after bowing out of his originally scheduled Brave debut at the event’s inaugural show last year.
“I came out of my last fight with no injuries, and I wanted to get right back in there. Facing an athlete like Leonardo, with UFC experience and training with great names, is a great opportunity for me. I’m ready, my physical levels are off the charts and the only thing that I’m slightly worried about is the weight cut. But I’m ready to put on a show, for sure”, Fakhreddine said.
Brave 6: Kazakhstan is the first installment of Brave in Central Asia and will take place on April 29th, at the Halyk Arena, in Almaty City. The card is a co-promotion between Brave and the local event Qazaq FC, featuring athletes from both rosters. Browse to bravefights.com for information on how to watch the show, or follow @CombatDocket for more info on the free stream as it comes in.
Mohammed Fakhreddine (via Brave Fights)
Current Brave FC 6 fight card:
Eldar Eldarov (8-1) vs. Henrique Gomes (13-5), 155 lbs
Mohammad Fakhreddine (9-1) vs. Leonardo Mafra (13-4), 170 lbs
Habiti Tuerxunbieke (8-5) vs. Fariz Ibadly (1-1), 155 lbs
Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev (7-3) vs. Erik Carlsson (5-2), 155 lbs
Will Fleury (2-0) vs. Ikram Aliskerov (2-0), 185 lbs
Kuanysh Shrynbekov (0-0) vs Igor Zhirkov (4-0), 145 lbs
Timur Zhaparov (0-0 vs Amirchn Saidjalolov (0-0), 135 lbs