Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 24, of Jordan has a long career ahead of him. The former Brave Combat Federation Lightweight World Champion lost his title in a dramatic fashion at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019 at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan.
At “Brave 23: Pride and Honor,” Al-Selwady was knocked out by Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Brazil in the first round. The dethroned champion’s first setback inside the Brave CF Arena has not stopped his quest to affirm himself as a legend of the sport.
Al-Selwady is on the mend from injuries sustained in the fight with Santiago. Still, the Palestinian mixed martial artist has kept busy with light training in Jordan and vowed to come back stronger and better than before.
“The road to success is very bumpy, filled with many ups and down,” Al-Selwady stated. “The most important part for me is the final result. This small setback I’m fighting through now is just a motivation for me to come back stronger and better than before.”
“I am already learning so much about myself I did not know,” the Palestinian MMA fighter continued. “See you all at the top.”
The loss to Santiago snapped a six-fight win streak for Al-Selwady with five of those coming under the Brave CF banner. The Palestinian MMA fighter was victorious in the first ever event of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion on September 23, 2016 when he submitted Rami “Raminator” Aziz, 27, of Iraq and Sweden at “Brave 1: The Beginning” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain.
After beating Aziz, Al-Selwady won three more bouts to earn a title shot. On April 13, 2018, he became the Brave CF Lightweight World Champion by dethroning Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 30, of Brazil at “Brave 11” in Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Currently, Al-Selwady holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Meanwhile, here is a clip of the Palestinian MMA fighter enjoying horseback riding in the mountains of his village Selwad, Palestine: