Other Sports: WE HAVE HAMZA!


As a giant screen behind him projected images of MMA fighters from around the world soon to arrive in Bahrain, Mohammad Shahid of the Brave Combat Federation (Brave CF) waved at star mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Hamza Kooheji , who was standing next to him.

“The United States had Muhammad Ali,” he told a gathering of reporters in the courtyard of a new high-end real estate development in Juffair, “the Philippines had Manny Pacquiao; Ireland has Conor McGregor. And Bahrain has Hamza Kooheji!

Shahid was speaking at an event organized by KHK Sports and Brave CF to announce the dates for the upcoming Brave International Combat Week to be held in Bahrain from March 8-12. And, he had another important announcement to make.

“We will be hosting the first-ever MMA Super Cup,” he said, to cheers from invited reporters and onlookers who had turned up at the outdoor press conference to see what was going on.

“It will be the largest amateur MMA event in the world with the six highest ranked International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) national teams participating with two wild cards.”

The 2022 MMA Super Cup will see teams from Russia, Ukraine, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Ireland and Tajikistan in action with the “wild card” teams called the “Balkan Champions” and the “Arab Champions”.

Winners will take home a prize of $100,000, with runners-up taking home $75,000. The team finishing in third place will receive $50,000.

The highlight of International Fight Week 2022, however, is the next Brave Combat Federation (Brave CF) World Bantamweight Championship fight on March 11 between Kooheji, ranked number 1 in the Middle East, and the Canadian-Irish fighter, Brad Katona.

“I’m completely focused on the fight,” Kooheji said, in response to a reporter’s question. “I train very hard, twice a day – morning and evening – and I only focus on the date: March 11!

“I don’t think about what I’ll do on March 12 – all I can think about right now is just the title fight on March 11.”

Shahid joked, “He even sleeps in the gym these days!”

As the audience laughed, Shahid said, seriously, “I’ve never seen anyone with more commitment than Hamza. It gives new meaning to the word “dedication”.

GDN highlighted their passion in a recent exclusive interview with the star who told readers, “I’m focused on myself, being fully prepared, being ready.”

Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation (BMMAF) President Mohammed Ali Qamber has agreed, saying the young MMA star, known as ‘Pride of Bahrain’, has already created a legacy that is having an impact on people all over the kingdom.

“We can see Hamza’s impact not only on the national team,” Qamber said, “but on the whole young generation. Today, if you ask anyone about Hamza, I’m sure they will will say that he witnessed one of his fights, one of his fights.

Returning to the MMA Super Cup, Shahid said it would not have been possible without the constant support of the First Vice President of the Supreme Youth and Sports Council, Chairman of the General Sports Authority and Chairman of the Olympic Committee. of Bahrain, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. .

“It’s been a little over six years since Shaikh Khalid established KHK MMA,” Shahid said. “And, the fact that we accomplished this journey in such a short time owes everything to his constant vision and encouragement.”


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