Ahead of debut at Brave 7, Hassan Fakhreddine ‘motivated’ by brother’s success
Welterweight boxer Hassan Fakhreddine makes his MMA debut this Saturday at Brave 7: Untamed, in Tijuana, Mexico. Fighting out of San Diego, California, he has big shoes to fill as his big brother Mohammad Fakhreddine has established himself as one of Brave’s biggest stars and is set to fight for the 77 kg. title in August, at Brave 8: The Rise of Champions.
However, Hassan isn’t fazed at the inevitable comparisons to the older Fakhreddine and is actually motivated to follow his brother’s footsteps into international stardom, starting with his bout against Rodrigo Reyes. He’s been studying his opponent’s fights and guarantees he’s ready to start off his MMA career with a devastating win.
“I’ve actually been watching his fights all the time during my camp. I’m feeling very pumped and I’m ready to go out there and perform, do what I do best, which is to fight and knock people out. I’m not really worried about people comparing me to Mohammad, I’m actually very motivated by everything he’s achieved so far in his career. I want to make sure I follow his footsteps starting with a win over Reyes”, says the younger Fakhreddine.
While he’s focused on making a successful debut at rave 7: Untamed, Hassan Fakhreddine is also looking forward to the title fight between his brother and Carl “Bomber” Booth, which will serve as the co-main event of Brave 8: The Rise of Champions, on August 12th, in Brazil.
“This is going to be a great fight, man. They’re both very aggressive fighters, but I think Mohammad is smarter and even more aggressive. I think he’s going to be too much for Booth and I expect my brother to walk away with the belt with a stoppage either late in the first round or during the second frame. I’m very excited for us to go out there and put Lebanon on the map of mixed martial arts”, predicts Hassan.
Brave 7: Untamed marks the promotion’s first ever trip to Mexico, where Alejandro “Pato” Martínez rematches Fabian “El Aniquilador” Quintanar in the main event. The event will be available to a record 84 countries and an estimated 800 million households around the world. Two weeks later, Brave Combat Federation goes back to Brazil with two titles on the line: local hero Klidson Abreu faces German prospect Timo Feucht for the Light Heavyweight belt while Mohammad Fakhreddine and Carl Booth battle for the Welterweight crown.