BRAVE Combat Federation (BCF) last night announced two new weight divisions for its events to be held in 2019.
The Bahrain-based global mixed martial arts promotion will include super lightweight (165 pounds) and super welterweight (175 pounds) to their existing weight categories.
This will eliminate the traditional welterweight (170 pounds).
A definite date for the start of the new divisions are yet to be finalised but current welterweight champion Jarrah Hussein Al Silawi, who claimed the 170-pound belt with a first round victory over Carlston Harris in September, will be crowned the super welterweight champion when the change is official.
The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) approved the new weight classes in July 2017, also creating the super middleweight (195) and cruiserweight (225) divisions.
Brave has three fight cards planned for the remaining of the year. On December 8, Brave 19 will take place in Sun City, South Africa. Brave 20 will be held in Hyderabad, India on December 22 and the final event of the year - Brave 21 - is scheduled for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on December 28.
“Addition of new weight classes is a necessity in mixed martial arts. Fighters can not only fight close to their natural weight but also can fight in divisions where they can perform the best. Brave Combat Federation is committed to improve the sport of mixed martial arts and to create a global eco-system for the sport of mixed martial arts to thrive,” said president of Brave Combat Federation Mohammed Shahid.