Friendly staredowns and smiles at Brave 21 ceremonial weigh-in
Ceremonial weigh-ins are the last chance fighters have of sizing up their opponent before their bouts. Many choose to intimidate their counterparts, but the Brave 21 weigh-ins offered a different viewing for those in attendance, as the majority of the athletes involved in the groundbreaking event preferred to be friendly with their rivals.
Brave 21 will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this Friday (28), but before that, the fighters faced their opponents one last time. Headliners Jeremy Kennedy and Marat Magomedov shook hands and smiled at each other during their staredowns, with both men keen to put on a show for the crowd, but only tomorrow night.
The same was applied to co-headliners Gadzhimusa Gaziev and Rami Hamed. Geraldo “Luan Santana” and Ikram Aliskerov went one step further and laughed together during the staredown, embracing each other afterward.
The only time Brave president Mohammed Shahid had any trouble separating fighters was after the staredown between Gabriel “Fly” Miranda and Akhmed Magomedov. Both men were serious and didn’t break before Shahid stepped in. However, after posing for photos, Akhmed and Gabriel shook hands, leaving any animosity between them for fight night.
Brave 21 official weigh-in results:
Featherweight: Marat Magomedov (66,2 kg) x Jeremy Kennedy (66,1 kg)
Welterweight: Gadzhimusa Gaziev (77,2 kg) x Rami Hamed (77,5 kg)
Featherweight: Abdullah Al-Qahtani (65,7 kg) x Islam Reda (66,1 kg)
Catchweight (79 kg): Ikram Aliskerov (78,6 kg) x Geraldo Coelho (78,6 kg)
Catchweight (90 kg): Najam Khan (87 kg) x Mostafa Rashed (89,9 kg)
Super Lightweight: Mehdi Baghdad (75,25) x Mohamad Ghorabi (78,5 kg)*
Catchweight (63 kg): Hamza Kooheji (63 kg) x Yayong Wang (62,7 kg)
Lightweight: Usman Nurmagomedov (70,4 kg) x Issei Moriyama (69,6 kg)
Featherweight: Akhmed Magomedov (65,8 kg) x Gabriel “Fly” Miranda (66,2 kg)
Middleweight: Rustam Chsiev (84,2 kg) x Bruno Assis (84 kg)
Bantamweight: Ahmad Makki (63,1 kg)* x Mohammed Gamal (61,5 kg)
*Missed weight, will be fined