South Africa’s JP Buys beats Bahrain’s Gamzat Magomedov at ‘Brave 17’ in Pakistan

Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation hosted its 17th event at the Nistar Park Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018. “Brave 17” featured 10 bouts with fighters representing 12 countries.

The fight night featured intense rounds of action featuring heated rivalries, outbursts of emotions and athletes showcasing intense showmanship. The fight night started with two inspiring bouts that set the tone for the night as two hometown heroes emerged victorious.

The eight bout of the evening was one of the most controversial bouts in the history of Brave CF. Fighting out of Bahrain, 2017 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation gold medalist  Gamzat Magomedov, who is originally from Dagestan, Russia, faced J.P. Buys of South Africa in the bantamweight division.

In the first round, Buys dominated his way through against Magomedov with high precision strikes that rocked the Russian-Bahraini fighter. However, the second round witnessed one of the most aggressive sides of Magomedov as he used his wrestling skills to take down and pin his South African opponent against the cage.

Despite warnings from referee Marc Goddard, Magomedov landed intentional elbows to the back of Buys’ head. This forced the referee to stop the fight.

Consequentially, Buys was declared the winner since Magomedov was disqualified. Disappointed, the Russian-Bahraini fighter charged against the South African winner.

In time to defend Buys, South African Brave CF athlete Chad Hanekom pushed away Magomedov from inflicting further damage. The display of lack of sportsmanship was put down immediately as Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid and the officials called upon the security, who eventually evicted the group of fighters out of the cage.

On November 16, 2018, Brave CF will showcase its 18th event in the Kingdom of Bahrain during Brave International Combat Week 2018, which is the largest combat sports festival in Asia. The fight night will feature two championship title defenses, which are for the lightweight and bantamweight divisions, and the inaugural featherweight championship.

Buys was the only fighter who represented South Africa at “Brave 17.” Here are the official results:


  1. Abbas Khan (Pakistan) defeats Sikander Badar (Pakistan) by Technical Knockout (Round 1)
  2. Najam Khan (Pakistan) defeats Mohammad Wasim (Afghanistan) by Technical Submission (Round 3)
  3. Haider “The Giant” Farman (Pakistan) defeats Ariel “The Lady Boxer” Oliveros (Philippines) by Guillotine Choke Submission (Round 2)
  4. John Brewin (New Zealand) defeats Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir (Kuwait) by Technical Knockout (Round 2)
  5. Yibugele (China) defeats Zia Mashwani (Pakistan) by Knockout (Round 3)


  1. Aidan James (Wales) defeats Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo (Ireland) by Technical Submission (Round 1)
  2. Mehmosh “The Renegade” Raza (Pakistan) defeats Arben “Big Bang” Escayo (Philippines) by Guillotine Choke Submission (Round 1)
  3. P. Buys (South Africa) defeats Gamzat Magomedov (Bahrain) by Disqualification due to Repeated Fouls (Round 2)
  4. Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw (Philippines) defeats Uloomi “Kratos” Kareem (Pakistan) by Unanimous Decision
  5. Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov (France) defeats Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Brazil) by Unanimous Decision

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