BAHRAIN (Sun, November 12, 2017)– Englishman Sam Patterson has answered the call and will replace Alex Trinidad against Hardeep Rai in a Catchweight bout of 150 lbs. at Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions, set for November 17th, in Bahrain. Patterson is 1-0 as a professional, making the switch from amateur, where he held a perfect 5-0 record, in April of 2017, and TKO’ing his first opponent in the first round.
Patterson trains and fights out of Team Crossface and counts Brave Lightweight Charlie Leary among his teammates. Curiously, Leary will also fight at Brave 9. He meets Daniele Scatizzi and hopes to achieve his first promotional win after being stopped by current title challenger Ottman Azaitar at Brave 4: Unstoppable, back in March, on his Brave debut.
Hardeep Rai, who was scheduled to face Alex Trinidad, before the American was forced to pull out due to injury, is also 1-0 as a professional after a scintillating amateur career and made his debut at Brave 5: Go For Glory, in India, beating Arnan Chaiyasan by submission due to an armbar.
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 Sam Patterson
Lightweight: Charlie Leary x Daniele Scatizzi
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw x Jalal Al Daaja
Strawweight: Atif Mohammed x Haider Farman