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Brave planning expansion into UK and Irish markets following European debut

Brave Combat Federation are to concentrate on events in Ireland the UK following their European debut in Belfast at the weekend.

SBG's John Kavanagh pictured with Brave president Mohammad Shahid following the night's main event.
SBG's John Kavanagh with Brave president Mohammad Shahid. Photo: Brave Combat Federation

Hot on the heels of their European debut, Brave Combat Federation are to “intensify” their expansion efforts in the UK and Ireland.

In a statement released on Monday morning, the Bahrain-based organisation stated that following “initial post event analysis”, they will now intensify operations in Europe, focused on the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Belfast was chosen as the location for their European debut with Brave 13: European Evolution passing off successfully on Saturday night.

The Philippines Stephen ‘The Sniper’ Loman made a successful defense of his Bantamweight championship over five rounds against SBG’s Frans Mlambo in the night’s main event.

Bushmills own Stormin’ Norman Parke (25-6-1) also took a unanimous decision victory over ‘Magic’ Myles Price (10-7) in the night’s co-main event.

Europe is key for Brave expansion

“Europe is a key destination and the initiative hosted under the support and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa made a significant progress in expanding economic relations and investment opportunities between the Kingdom of Bahrain and key partners in Europe”, said Mohammed Shahid, President of Brave Combat Federation of the announcement.

“We expect to scale this to the next level.”

Shahid went on to state that the organisation will work closely to focus upon the development of the sport and to provide opportunities for fighters in the region.

The promotion also hinted at signing or extending existing fighter contracts while focusing on hosting more events in the region.

The promotion added that it will be hosting the 2018 Brave International Combat Week in November which will feature 2018 IMMAF World Championship of Amateur MMA.

Brave 13: European Evolution had attracted investors and global partners, especially from Bahrain, to focus on initiatives in Europe.

The event also attracted major sports icons from the world of combat sports to attend the event, notably with pro boxing’s Amir Khan spotted cageside. Conor McGregor fans erupted into song as he made his presence felt for Cian Cowley’s victory and Frans Mlambo’s main event.

Fresh from his win over Stephen Thompson, UFC welterweight contender Darren Till was also on hand, in the corner of Erick da Silva for his decision win over Erik Carlsson.

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