Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions, set for November 17th, in Bahrain, will have three title fights. But two men who are not involved in the championship bouts are looking to steal attention to their own battle: Tahar Hadbi and Mohammad Fakhreddine have been trash talking each other since before their fight was announced, and the build-up has prompted Brave president Mohamed Shahid to claim that Hadbi and Fakhreddine are forming the greatest rivalry in the promotion’s history.
It all started when Tahar Hadbi mocked Fakhreddine’s failure to make weight for Brave 8: The Rise of Champions. The Lebanese phenom was set to fight for the inaugural Welterweight title against Carl Booth, but was removed from the fight after falling ill during the weight-cut. “The Latest” didn’t appreciate Hadbi’s comments and fought back, accusing “Fast Hands” of trying to stir things up for his own reasons.
However, Hadbi’s tactics worked and their fight became official for Brave 9, a few weeks after their online “war” started. And their trash talk intensified as they exchanged threats and provoked each other throughout the fight camp.
“This is a great curtain-opener for our main card. If there is any fight in this card that is pure hate against hate this is the one. On one side, a legend of Middle East MMA, Mohammad Fakhreddine. This kid doesn’t care about anything. He goes into fights throwing power punches. And he throws 100% power in every punch. Tahar Hadbi, on the other hand, has shown how fearless he is. He’s got all the power, skills and patience that is required to beat anybody”, says Mohammed Shahid.
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions marks the promotion’s return to Bahrain after a year. During 2017, the organization has put on groundbreaking events in countries such as Brazil (twice), Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Kazakhstan. 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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Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions Fight Card:
Lightweight: Ottman Azaitar x Alejandro Martínez (for the inaugural title)
Featherweight: Elias Boudegzdame (champion) x Lucas Mineiro
Bantamweight: Gurdarshan Mangat x Stephen Loman (for the inaugural title)
Welterweight: Jarrah Al Selawe x Carl Booth
Lightweight: Gesias Cavalcante x Alan Omer
Lightweight: Erick “Índio Brabo” x Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady
Welterweight: Mohammad Fakhreddine x Tahar Hadbi
Bantamweight: Mohammad Farhad x Hamza Kooheji
Bantamweight: Felipe Efrain x Nawras Abzakh
Lightweight: Ahmed Amir x Erik Carlsson
Bantamweight: Frans Mlambo x Michael Deiga-Scheck
Middleweight: Jeremy Smith x Ikram Aliskerov
Catchweight (150 lbs): Hardeep Rai x Alex Trinidad
Lightweight: Charlie Leary x Daniele Scatizzi
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw x Jalal Al Daaja
Strawweight: Atif Mohammed x Haider Farman