New world champions receive hero’s welcome after Brave 23
Luan Santiago, Abdoul Abdouraguimov and Eldar Eldarov had a weekend to remember as they became new Brave Combat Federation world champions after a historic fight card, last Friday, in Amman, Jordan. After their victories over Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady, Jarrah Al-Selawe, and Mounir Lazzez, respectively, the newly-crowned titleholders came back to their countries to true heroes’ welcome.
After his KO of the year over Al-Selwady, “Miau” became the new Lightweight king, a title he claimed was destined for him since he first signed with Brave, more than two years ago. As he finally fulfilled his ambitions, Santiago was received with applause and reverence in his gym CM System, back at Curitiba, Paraná, in Southern Brazil.
Luan was asked to give a speech to the up-and-coming fighters in the team by his mentor, MMA legend and fellow Brave fighter Cristiano Marcello. In the talk, the new world champ shared his mindset for fights, explained how he was able to focus only on his opponent despite having the crowd against him and wished continued success to the entire team.
Eldar Eldarov had a truly royal homecoming in Bahrain, where he returned with the Super Lightweight title, the first-ever world championship from the newly-minted weight class, a feat that puts his name and Bahrain’s in the history books of the sport.
Along with other KHK MMA fighters involved at Brave 23: Pride and Honor, Eldarov was received by none other than His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who congratulated him for being the first Bahraini fighter to win a world title in mixed martial arts.
Back in Nantes, France, Abdoul Abdouraguimov was also well-received at his gym, De La Riva, Nantes. His jiu-jitsu coach Beto Ramos, students and fighters made sure to congratulate Abdouraguimov on the biggest victory of his young career as he went straight back to training even though he went through a grueling 25-minute fight against former champ Al-Selawe.