Brave Combat Federation’s new Super Lightweight champion Eldar Eldarov flew the flag of Bahrain to the highest place, last Friday (19), as he took a unanimous decision victory over Mounir Lazzez in the co-main event of Brave 23: Pride and Honor, held in Amman, Jordan.
Eldarov made history for Bahrain, by becoming the first-ever world champion from the Kingdom, and he also wrote his name in one of MMA’s most iconic moments. As he had the belt wrapped around his waist by Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid, Eldar became the first-ever world champion at the newly-formed Super Lightweight division.
The new weight class was approved by several commissions around the world, but Brave has been the only truly global promotion to install the weight class, providing fighters with more options to fight at their optimal body weight.
For Eldar, the victory and the world title were also the culmination of a life-long ambition of holding a martial arts world title. He was silver medalist in the Combat Sambo World Championships but now has mixed martial arts gold wrapped around his waist.
“We made history together. Since I was a little kid, training, and grinding away, I’ve envisioned this moment. I’ve always wanted to be a martial arts world champion. I was very close to achieving that in combat sambo but I lost in the finals. Now, I fulfill that vision. Thank you to His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa for this honor”, said Eldarov after the fight.
Aside from representing Bahrain inside the Brave Arena, Eldar also coaches the KHK MMA professional team as well as the Bahrain amateur national MMA team.