Following the President of International Mixed Martial Arts Federation Kerrith Brown, the President of the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Mr. Mohammed Ali Qambar, addressed the audience at Khalifa Sports City during the opening ceremony of BRAVE International Combat Week.
Mohammed Qambar gave a speech in which he said that the unlimited support that Bahraini sports receive, especially mixed martial arts, from His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, had an impact. The positive development and the arrival of the Kingdom of Bahrain to an advanced position in this sport at the continental and international levels, indicating that the Brave International Combat Week 2022 will be distinguished considering that Bahrain will take the lead in hosting and organizing the first edition of the MMA SUPER CUP, which reflects the confidence of the International Federation in the Kingdom’s possession of high capabilities to achieve success and distinction at BICW, stressing that the federation seeks to enhance Bahraini successes in the global mixed martial arts scene, by achieving new success in this international event, and extending his thanks and appreciation to the President BRAVE Combat Federation Mr. Mohammed Shahid for its great cooperation with the Bahrain Mixed Martial Arts Federation to organize this sports forum, wishing the national team success in appearing in an honorable manner and competing for the first place in this tournament.
“The 2022 edition of the BRAVE International Combat Week is specifically special for the Kingdom of Bahrain sports. This is a momentous occasion for everyone involved with martial arts and sports in the Kingdom. Mixed Martial Arts has played a very important role in bringing Bahrain to the top of the sporting world. It has been the first, and thus far only sport to have a Bahraini national team at the top. Between 2019 and 2021, Team Bahrain has been ranked number one in the world of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, and that has been the utmost source of pride for everyone involved in making it happen. We have all worked hard under the guidance of His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa to return Team Bahrain to where it deserves to be – at the top of the helm. And the results in the last IMMAF World Championships, when Team Bahrain earned the top spot in the Senior divisions, show that we are on the right path. Now, a new competition beckons for the top nations in the amateur mixed martial arts world.”
He continued, “We are proud, as the Kingdom of Bahrain, to kickstart a revolution in MMA. Under the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khaled, BRAVE CF, KHK Sports, the Bahrain MMA Federation, and the International MMA Federation are proud to introduce the first-ever MMA Super Cup. The MMA Super Cup is a competition that will change the way we look at the sport. It is born as the largest ever amateur tournament and the curtain-closer for the IMMAF season. It will be the first time a nation vs nation format will be implemented and we are sure that it will bring a lot of national pride to each and every one of you here. To represent your country is the utmost honor for any competitor, any athlete and now mixed martial arts officially provides that opportunity to athletes. It is also a chance for young sportspeople to make an impact in their sport and inside their nations. The top three nations in the MMA Super Cup will receive a significant prize packager that will be reinvested in their national federations. This will serve for all of you united here to truly make an impact in your sport on a national level. We hope this prize money can benefit this generation of fighters, but also set the motions for the next generation.”
BRAVE International Combat Week is taking place in the Kingdom of Bahrain from March 8 to 11 at Khalifa Sports City. It will include the inaugural MMA Super Cup, the largest amateur mixed martial arts tournament in the history of combat sports, and BRAVE CF 57 headlined by 3 World Championship title fights. The event will be broadcasted worldwide on OKKO, DAZN, MBC / SHAHID.NET, Arena Sport, O2, FIGHTING.DE, LOOKSPORT+, BAHRAIN TV, and BRAVE CF TV.
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