Mixed Martial Arts

Why all ‘BRAVE CF 45’ fights in Bahrain are catchweight bouts

BRAVE Combat Federation belt (© BRAVE CF)

BRAVE Combat Federation belt (© BRAVE CF)

For the first time in BRAVE Combat Federation‘s history, the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion will hold an event with an all-catchweight fight card. The fighters set for combat at “BRAVE CF 45” were not required to go through the challenging weight cutting on the day before the fight night.

BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 45” on November 19, 2020 at the Bahrain National Stadium in East Riffa, Bahrain. It was originally set for November 12, 2020 but it was postponed as the Kingdom of Bahrain mourned the loss of its prime minister, His Royal Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The competitors who are, for years, accustomed to cutting weight before competition are thrilled for the upcoming card as they anticipate a unique experience that comes from fighting in a weight that they are most comfortable in. With a keen ear, BRAVE CF listened to the concerns of the fighters and after giving consideration to their feedback, the promotion decided to rebook the fights as catchweight bouts, which eliminated the need for another week of weight cutting for the combatants.


Headlining “BRAVE CF 45” are Dumar “Corazon de Leon” Roa, 30, of Guateque, Boyaca, Colombia and Ian “Enty” Entwistle, 33, of Accrington, England, United Kingdom. The English MMA fighter will make his BRAVE CF debut on short notice, replacing Gabriel ‘’Fly’’ Miranda, 30, of Telemaco Borba, Parana, Brazil, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Originally scheduled to fight in a bantamweight bout, Zia “The Mashwani Warrior” Mashwani, 24, of Pakistan will now face Nkosi “King” Ndebele, 25, of South Africa in a 72kg catchweight. The Pakistani contender commented, “I am feeling great.”

“I am feeling fit,” Mashwani continued. “Fighting at my natural weight is really good, I am very excited for this fight. Everyone does weight cutting so it’s something I follow as well but I am very happy to fight without having to cut weight. I am feeling strong and ready to go.”

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