Gurdarshan Mangat will attempt to make history as he looks to become the first fighter from India to become world champion in a major MMA organization. Brave officials announced that “St. Lion” will face Stephen “Sniper” Loman for the inaugural Bantamweight belt at November’s Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.
Mangat x Loman is the second title fight announced for November 17th. Featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame makes his first title defense against Brazil’s Lucas “Mineiro” Martins on the same day.
Mangat hopes to remain undefeated inside the Brave cage to claim the title. He has two wins and is coming off a career-defining victory against longtime rival Abdul Muneer at Brave 5: Go For Glory, in India. He made his promotional debut at Brave 2: Dynasty when he knocked out Troy Bantiag in the second round. Against the “Sniper”, “St. Lion” will bring a six-fight winning streak into the cage with him.
Loman, on the other hand, started off his Brave career at the promotion’s first-ever event, which took place in September of last year. The Filipino put on a clinical performance to deny SBG Ireland’s Frans Mlambo, who trains alongside Conor McGregor at the famed gym. He’s unbeaten in his last three outings.
Efrain welcomes Quero to Brave
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions will feature another key Bantamweight bout as Brazil’s Felipe Efrain goes for his second promotional win as he faces newcomer Arnold Quero, officials announced today. Efrain joins teammate and title challenger Lucas “Mineiro” Martins at the November 17th event.
Even though Efrain is only 23, he already has vast international experience, fighting in Japan and in the United States. He made his Brave debut last March as he picked up the biggest win of his professional career when he floored former UFC fighter Walel Watson with a left-hook to the body. Quero is more experienced, and at 30 years of age, fought for higher weight classes but will come back to Bantamweight to face the Brazilian.
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions marks the promotion’s return to the Kingdom of Bahrain after a year spent expanding its operations and putting on groundbreaking events in countries such as Brazil (twice), Mexico, India, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates. Brave 9 will be the culmination of the International Combat Week, alongside the IMMAF World Championships, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
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