Former Chute Boxe coach and MMA legend Rafael Cordeiro has chosen his side for Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions co-main event. Set for November 17th, the groundbreaking event features the first title defense of Featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame. However, Cordeiro expects his challenger, Brazilian Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, to come out victorious when the two meet at the Khalifa Sports City Arena.
The two-time Coach of the Year recorded a video in which he shows his support for Mineiro, who will make his second Brave appearance after submitting Fabian Galván at Brave 3: Battle in Brazil’s main event. Cordeiro, who has been to Bahrain a few times for seminars, comes from the same MMA lineage as Mineiro.
“What’s up, Lucas!? Rafael Cordeiro here. I’m here to wish you good luck on your title fight for Brave, an event which will take place in Bahrain, a place I’m very familiar with. May God bless you! Clinch your fists and go for the knockout. That’s what we believe. You’re a great striker, comes from a school that needs no introduction. Clinch your fists and do it, one more knockout for us. May God bless you!”, said Cordeiro.
Both of them were trained at the legendary Chute Boxe gym. Martins has been training with Diego Lima in São Paulo, while Rafael spent the majority of his career training under Rudimar Fedrigo at Curitiba and then opening up his own gym in the United States. Kings MMA is widely recognized as one of the best MMA gyms in the world and Cordeiro trains the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Lyoto Machida, Kelvin Gastelum and Beneil Dariush.
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.
Watch Cordeiro’s message:
Massive support from the legend and two-time coach of the year @kings_mma to Featherweight challenger @lucasmineiromma ahead of Brave 9 in Bahrain. . دعم كبير من المدرب الأسطوري رافايل كورديرو إلى المتحدي لوكاس مينيرو مارتينز قبل نزاله على اللقب في برايف ٩ . #BraveCF9 #BraveICW #Bahrain #MiddleEast البحرين#البحريني #السعودية #الامارات #الخليج#الكويت #المغرب #المغربي #فعاليات_البحرين#المنامة #Brasil @alewin71
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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