Bahrain’s own Hamza Kooheji is set to close the preliminary card of Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions against Mohammad Farhad on November 17th. And the Bantamweight bout will most certainly have title implications since both fighters have two wins for the promotion. Their fans know the importance of the fight and have been trying to cheer their idols on the way to victory.
Proof of the fans’ engagement was plain to see during Kooheji’s Instagram Live on Brave Combat Federation’s official profile. While The Pride of Bahrain was there to answer questions from fans, Farhad’s own followers “crashed” his Live and started taunting the Bantamweight prospect. Kooheji’s fans followed suit and it was an intense dispute between the followers from both fighters.
Farhad’s fans taunted Kooheji, saying it was likely that he wasn’t going to show up on November 17th. And even if he did, he would get knocked out by the Indian striker. Kooheji’s followers fought back, claiming that Farhad wasn’t even going to make weight, and even if he did, he would get submitted quickly.
Kooheji then talked about the Bantamweight title, who’s going to either Stephen Loman or Gurdarshan Mangat, who fight for the belt on the same night. The Pride of Bahrain the hashtag #HamzaForTheTitleShot.
“I’ve fought better and tougher fighters already in my career, but I respect Farhad and what he brings to the table. I really hope to fight for the title after I beat him. I don’t think this fight goes to a second round. Even if it does, I know it ends with my hand raised before the end”, claimed Kooheji.
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.
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