Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions lost one of its championship fights as Featherweight challenger Lucas “Mineiro” Martins fell ill during his weight cut and is unable to fight champion Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame on the show’s co-main event. Without the 66 kg. title fight, the groundbreaking event, set for Friday, November 17th, goes on with two other championship bouts as Bantamweights Gurdarshan Mangat and Stephen Loman face each other for the inaugural divisional belt and Alejandro “Pato” Martínez squares off against Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar for the first-ever Lightweight Brave world title.
Through his social media profiles, the Brazilian striker explained his illness, saying he felt dizzy, and couldn’t see anything in front of him.
“Announcement: for everyone waiting for my fight tomorrow, I’m announcing that it will not happen. Unfortunately, I had a bad few hours before the weigh-in with only 2 kilos left to make the weight. I have more than 30 fights and I have always made my commitment to the scale, I already fought at 61 kilos, but this time I found my limit. I’m not a fussy person, but this time my body was no longer responding. I was out of breath, feeling pain all over my body, and I also felt dizzy. Those were some of the reasons that made me and my team decide to stop the weight cut because I could no longer see anything in front of me.
“Mineiro” also apologized to his fans, Brave Combat Federation, and his opponent, while vowing to fight for the Brave world title in another opportunity.
“I apologize to everyone involved with Brave, president Mohammad Shahid, His Highness Sheikh Khalid and also to my opponent Elias Boudegzdame, who kept his word and made weight. This fight won’t happen but we’ll reschedule it and you guys can be sure that I’ll be there to honor my commitments as I always have”, vowed the Brazilian.
With Mineiro’s withdrawal, the Bantamweight clash between Felipe Efrain and Nawras Abzakh will now be a part of the main card.
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)
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: Felipe Efrain x Nawras Abzakh
Bantamweight: Mohammad Farhad x Hamza Kooheji
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 Sam Patterson
Lightweight: Charlie Leary x Daniele Scatizzi
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw x Jalal Al Daaja
Strawweight: Atif Mohammed x Haider Farman