There’s just days to go before Carlston Harris makes his Brave welterweight title defence.
When he steps into the cage in Abu Dhabi on Friday night, it’s the Jarrah Al-Silawi who’ll be in the opposite corner.
The Jordanian Lion, Al-Silawi (12-2), is unbeaten in his previous five Brave outings, stemming back to Brave 2 in 2016.
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Harris collected his welterweight title with a win over Carl Booth in a five-rounder at Brave 8 and just over a year later, he’s set to make his first title defence
While injury has kept him sidelined for a chunk of the past 12 months, he’s ready for action at the Mubadala Arena this Friday.
From humble beginnings do champions grow
Harris (12-3), who came from humble beginnings in Guyana, attributes his success to his tough life spent chasing his dream.
“I had always fought hard to chase my passion for mixed martial arts. I was poor but always I did held my head high and fought for what I believed in”, says Harris.
“For a man who fought life and the world all on his own, defending a championship doesn’t scare [me] at all.”
“Jarrah haven’t fought as hard as me. He was always supported by his team, sponsors, fans and media. He will never face someone as tough as me. I train to keep my dreams alive.”
Back on the championship road
Taking over a year to defend his title has drawn criticism and earlier this year the promotion explored introducing an interim title in a busy welterweight division. With a packed calendar for the latter half of 2018, that notion was scrapped once Harris announced his comeback.
“I do not want to be a champion who holds a championship for the sake of selfies”, he continued.
“In Brave Combat Federation, there is no champion like me in any division who always stepped in to face the toughest challenge offered.”
“I stepped in to face a guy who trained to fight five rounds in one day notice. Now here I am ready to go for absolute war against the warrior with most number of wins in the entire organisation. I am not only the best fighter in Brave Combat Federation, but the best champion in the organisation.”
“I don’t mind who Brave Combat Federation will put in front of me. I will terrorise my opponents in the cage and will give the best fight ever. I accept that Jarrah waited so long for this fight. But I am coming for war.”
Brave 16 takes place on Friday 21 September, broadcasting live online through FiteTV, BraveFights.com and online through select TV partners.
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