Bahrain started 2019 phenomenally as the country progressed through to the first place of the mixed martial arts ranking after victorious campaigns at the Asian and African Open Championships. It is the first time the country has topped the list after only four years of the official beginning of a MMA program led by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
The groundbreaking achievement did not go unnoticed at the ongoing European Championships, which are being held in Rome, Italy. The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation-World Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAF-WMMAA) and national federations celebrated Bahrain’s topping of the world rankings and honored the efforts of the Bahrain MMA Federation and Al Khalifa.
Based in Bahrain, the MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation was founded by Al Khalifa. He was with reigning Brave CF Super Lightweight World Champion Eldar “Khan” Eldarov, 27, of Russia and Bahrain at the Asian and African Open Championships.
A message of congratulations to Team Bahrain was put out on the big screen during all matches. Members of the squad were individually congratulated by their opposite fighters, coaches and directors of the IMMAF-WMMAA.
On the second day of competitions that included Team Bahrain, six of the country’s competitors kept their medal hopes alive. Magomed Idrisov, Abdulmanap Magomedov, Shamil Gaziev, Murad Guseinov, Abdulla Alyaqoob and Ramazan Gitinov each picked up crucial wins in Rome.