Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation has announced the full fight card for “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors,” its first ever event to be held in the Philippines. Five of the 10 Filipino fighters competing are training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.
1. Jomar Pa-ac
Pa-ac has been competing professionally since 2015. When he made his Brave CF debut on December 2, 2016 at “Brave 2: Dynasty” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain, he defeated Haider “The Giant” Farman, 23, of Pakistan via unanimous decision.
On March 31, 2017, Pa-ac defeated Atif “Little Hawk” Mohamed, 25, of Bahrain via split decision at “Brave 4: Unstoppable” at the IPIC Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. But on May 11, 2018, Hussain “Iron” Ayyad, 25, of Bahrain knocked out the Filipino fighter at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” at the Balai Saribini in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Team Lakay fighter aims for a redemptive win at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” He will face Satya Behuria, 23, of Kendraparha, Orissa, India in the flyweight division.
2. Jon Chris “Happy Feet” Corton
Corton has been competing professionally since 2012. Before joining Brave CF, the Filipino fighter competed in the Universal Reality Combat Championship and Pacific Xtreme Combat.
On September 21, 2018, Corton made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 16” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi. He defeated Hussein “Iron” Ayyad, 24, of Manama, Bahrain via unanimous decision.
Currently with 6 wins and 3 losses, Corton will face Abdul “Abba” Hussein, 21, of Espoo, Finland in the flyweight division at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” The latter is of Palestinian descent and is training out of Espoon Kehähait in Espoo.
3. Harold “The Artist” Banario
Banario has been competing professionally since 2012. He is the younger brother of former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29.
Harold was supposed to make his Brave CF debut at “Brave 20: India” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India on December 22, 2018. However, he was forced off his scheduled bout against Angad Bisht, 20, of Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, India.
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” marks Harold’s first bout in the cage since 2015. He will face Gamzat Magomedov, 23, of St. Petersburg, Russia in the bantamweight division.
4. Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw
Competing professionally since 2015, Pacatiw made his Brave CF debut on December 2, 2016 at “Brave 2: Dynasty” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena where he lost to Hamza Kooheji, 26, of Bahrain. The Filipino fighter defeated Chaitanya “Dangerous” Gavali, 30, of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India at “Brave 5: Go for Glory” at the Sardar Vallabhbhai at the Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai on April 23, 2017 and Thiago dela Coleta, 22, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil at “Brave 8: The Rise of Champions” in Taruma, Curitiba on August 12, 2017.
Pacatiw lost to Jalal Al Daaja, 32, of Jordan at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena on November 17, 2017 then to Kaan “Genghis” Ofli, 25, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” in Jakarta on May 11, 2018. The Team Lakay fighter defeated Keith “Killa” Lee, 21, of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States at “Brave 14” at the Omnisports Indoor Club in Tangier, Morocco on August 18, 2018 and Uloomi “Kratos” Karim, 27, of Pakistan at “Brave 17” at the Nistar Sports Complex in Lahore, Pakistan on October 27, 2018.
“Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” marks Pacatiw’s eighth Brave CF bout. This makes him the athlete with the most bouts in the promotion.
5. Stephen “The Sniper” Loman
Loman has been competing professionally since 2012. He earned three Brave CF wins at the Khalifa Sports City Arena first during the promotion’s inaugural event on September 23, 2016 when he defeated Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland via unanimous decision.
On November 17, 2017, Loman returned to the Khalifa Sports City Arena and became the inaugural Brave CF Bantamweight Champion by knocking out Gary “Saint Lion” Mangat, 32, of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.” The Team Lakay fighter successfully defended his title at the same venue at “Brave 18: Bahrain” on November 16, 2018 by defeating Felipe Efrain, 24, of Sao Paolo, Brazil via unanimous decision.
On June 9, 2018, Loman had his rematch with Mlambo at “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The defending champion won via unanimous decision, marking his first successful title defense.
On March 15, 2019, Loman will defend his title for the third time. He will face Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 25, of France, the former Brave CF Featherweight Champion, in the main event of “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors,” which will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Including the five Team Lakay athletes, 10 Filipino fighters are on the “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” card. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring the reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion: