Brave Combat Federation has announced two new weight classes for Brave 19 hosted in the Sun City Resort in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Starting next year, the Bahrain-based global MMA promotion will adopt the super lightweight (165 pounds) and super welterweight (175 pounds) weight classes, eliminating the traditional welterweight (170 pounds) in the process.
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 titleholder when the change is made official.
The new weight classes will make it easier for fighters to make the weights and would lower the risks of weight cuts. The change also means that fighters are more likely to fight closer to their natural weight.
After the announcement, Carl Booth, Tahar Hadbi and David Bear expressed their interest to join the 175-pound division which is ruled by Jarrah Al-Selawe, the reigning welterweight champion of Brave Combat Federation.
“I am very happy to see my friend, David Bear getting back to Brave Combat Federation with a victory. Hope he gets to have his revenge against Jarrah Al Selawe in a rematch,” said adbi.
“The weight classes introduced will benefit the fighters and help fighters to fight close to their weight. I will be looking to move to the 175 division.”