Seef District, Bahrain – Welterweight champion Jarrah Al-Selawe has his eyes set on BRAVE CF 38’s main event. The show will take place in Sweden, this Saturday (8), and is set to be headlined by two of Al-Selawe’s recent rivals in Carl Booth and Abdoul Abdouraguimov, the latter a former champion himself. Both men have shared the cage twice with the reigning titleholder, and they’re 1-1 with Al-Selawe.
While BRAVE CF hasn’t officially confirmed that the winner of Abdouraguimov vs Booth will get the next title shot, the logical step is for one of them to settle their score with “The Jordanian Lion”, who has been waiting for his next title defense since regaining his belt against Abdoul last year at BRAVE CF 27.
And Al-Selawe has already started the trash talk with both men ahead of their first encounter, claiming he favored the grappler Abdouraguimov over the striker Booth. Jarrah commented on a social media post saying that “The Bomber” would not come out victorious.
The Englishman, who’s based in Nottingham and is riding a two-fight win streak, responded harshly saying that Al-Selawe was hoping for his loss so they wouldn’t be matched up again. Booth is the only man to knock out Jarrah when they met early on in their pro career back in 2014. It was Carl’s first pro fight and Jarrah’s second. Since then, both men have gone on to become two of the best Welterweights in the world, and Booth feels that he has learned a lot since his decision loss to Al-Selawe in their second encounter, back at BRAVE CF 9.
Since then, Booth has amassed two straight victories, including a domination of Hayder Hassan in the main event of BRAVE CF 32, when he disfigured his opponent’s face, showcasing improved defensive wrestling and even more of a striking prowess.
He will now face one of the most accomplished grapplers in the division. Abdouraguimov is coming off two straight fights against Jarrah, winning a close decision to capture the BRAVE CF title and then losing in their immediate rematch by way of TKO.
Whoever comes out on top this Saturday might have the chance to settle his differences with the reigning champion, and bring a nice, shiny belt back home in the process.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.