JARRAH Al Selawe, ‘the Jordanian Lion’, reclaimed the welterweight world title in emphatic fashion by stopping Abdoul Abdouraguimov in the main event of Brave 27 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
The two had a boiling rivalry coming into the rematch. After Abdouraguimov won the title from Al Selawe at Brave 23 in a disputed split decision, both men started to trade barbs and it all came to a boiling point during the ceremonial weigh-ins when they started a brawl that ended up involving Brave president Mohammed Shahid and cage announcer Carlos Kremer.
Inside the cage, it was a dominant performance by the two-time Brave champion, who was able to stuff almost all of Abdouraguimov’s takedown attempts and keep the fight standing, where he showed why he’s one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet today.
With a vast repertoire of leg kicks, body shots, and jabs, Al Selawe began to wear Abdouraguimov down and the champ simply didn’t have any answers as he was repeatedly frustrated by Al Selawe’s world-class takedown defence.
After the third round, with a cut on his face, Abdouraguimov quit and Al Selawe became the first-ever Brave two-time world champion.
Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, deputy president of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and president of Bahrain Olympic Committee, witnessed all the fights of Brave 27 at Al Mubadala Gym at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.
Shaikh Khalid praised the long-lasting and historical brotherly links between Bahrain and the UAE that have evolved to new heights in the past years thanks to both countries’ keenness to cement those ties.
The event was aired live by various Arabic and foreign channels, including Abu Dhabi Sports TV.
Welterweight: Jarrah Al Selawe bt Abdoul Abdouraguimov by TKO (retirement) – End of Round 3.
Lightweight: Alex Martinez bt Anas Siraj Mounir by KO – Round 2.
Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev bt Mzwandile Hlongwa by technical submission (Darse choke).
Middleweight: Rustam Chsiev bt Tarek Suleiman by unanimous decision.
Middleweight: Mohammad Fakhreddine bt Christofer Silva by TKO (leg-kicks) – Round 1.
Featherweight: Abdulatip Magomedov bt Sulaiman Al Moddhyan by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) – End of Round 1.
Bantamweight: Tariq Ismail bt Jalal Al Daaja by unanimous decision.
Super Lightweight: Dwight Brooks bt Alex Nacfur by TKO – Round 2.
Super Lightweight: Flavio Serafin bt Mohammed Al Khatib by KO – Round 2.
Bantamweight: Zia Mashwani bt John Cris Corton by unanimous decision.