Saudi Arabia and Syria were among the 11 countries represented at the Brave Combat Federation event “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” held on December 28, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the final event of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion in 2018.
Featuring 10 MMA bouts, “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” is the first Brave CF event to be held in Saudi Arabia. In the fourth bout of the evening, Najam Khan of Pakistan faced Mostafa Rashed Neda of Saudi Arabia.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Neda has been competing professionally since 2013. He previously competed in Desert Force and Phoenix Fighting Championship.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Neda’s Brave CF debut. Three hometown heroes competed in the event namely Neda, Ahmad Makki and Abdullah Al-Qahtani.
Born in Pakistan on March 13, 1988, Khan is training out of Team Fight Fortress in Islamabad, Pakistan. When he made his professional MMA debut on October 27, 2018 at “Brave 17: Pakistan,” he submitted Mohammad Wasim of Afghanistan via ninja choke.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Khan’s second Brave CF bout. He was the only fighter who represented Pakistan in the event.
Khan and Neda competed in a catch weight of 90 kg. The referee put a stop to the contest in the first round when the Saudi Arabian fighter knocked out his Pakistani opponent.
It was a redemptive win for Neda who was coming out of two consecutive losses. Winning at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” improved his professional MMA record to 5 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, it was Khan’s first MMA loss. He now holds a professional MMA record of 1 win and 1 loss.
“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gadzhiev of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia faced Rami “The Russian” Hamed of Beirut, Lebanon in the welterweight division. The Lebanese fighter knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Marat Magomedov of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada battled it out in the featherweight division. The Canadian contender knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the third round.
Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Lebanon, Russia and Syria were also represented at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.” Check the complete results here.