Azamat Murzakanov maintained his professional record intact and made sure to get the most prestigious prize in sports under his provisional possession with two dominant performances on the same night. At a star-studded BRAVE CF 29, “The Professional” beat Guto Inocente and Mohammad Fakhreddine in the same night to be crowned the new KHK World Champion, making history as the first man to hold the KHK belt, adorned with 6.2 kg, provisionally.
Azamat started off with a cautious yet dominant performance against kickboxer Inocente. Utilizing his wrestling, Murzakanov was able to stifle Guto’s striking and advance to the finals with a unanimous decision after two rounds.
In the other semifinal, Fakhreddine turned his battle with Kleber Orgulho into a brawl and came out victorious, using his leg kicks to set up more vicious strikes.
When the duo met in the final, it was after a parade brought the actual belt to its first live unveiling with a chopper.
In the cage, Azamat’s strength and hands prevailed as he was able to knock out Fakhreddine in the first round after the Lebanese phenom appeared to suffer a leg injury.
In the co-main event of the evening, Hamza Kooheji brought the heat to the Bahraini crowd by turning up to the biggest fight of his life with his most dominant performance. “The Pride of Bahrain” took Nahuel Gandolfi down at will and battered with a tough ground and pound en route to a third-round TKO win.
In a feature Featherweight bout, Dumar Roa achieved the biggest victory of his professional career, as he knocked out former Lightweight world champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady with a vicious head kick.
Elsewhere, there were impressive wins for Luana Pinheiro, who knocked out Helen Harper in the first-ever Female bout taking place in Bahrain, and Guram Kutateladze, who flattened Felipe Silva in the first minute of their Lightweight bout.
BRAVE CF 29 results:
KHK WC Final – Azamat Murzakanov def. Mohammad Fakhreddine – KO
Bantamweight – Hamza Kooheji def. Nahuel Gandolfi – TKO
Featherweight – Dumar Roa def. Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady – KO
Super Lightweight – Luan Santiago def. Gadzhimusa Gaziev – split decision
Lightweight – Guram Kutateladze def. Felipe Silva – KO
Strawweight – Luana Pinheiro def. Helen Harper – KO
Flyweight – Matiss Zaharovs def. Hussain Ayyad – TKO
Featherweight – Ilia Topuria def. Steven Gonçalves – KO
Flyweight – Amir Albazi def. Ryan Curtis – submission
Bantamweight – Ali Qaisi def. Jeremy Pacatiw – decision
Bantamweight – Kasum Kasumov def. Rany Saadeh – submission
Catchweight (68 kg) – Tae Hyun Kim def. Erick da Silva – decision
Semifinal KHK WC – Azamat Murzakanov def. Guto Inocente – decision
Semifinal KHK WC – Mohammad Fakhreddine def. Kleber Orgulho – TKO