APTLY nicknamed “The Pride of Bahrain”, Hamza Kooheji has been one of the stalwarts around the world since he first made his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut.
As he prepares for the biggest fight of his life, Kooheji will be representing Bahrain in the biggest stage, in front of his fans and family.
Kooheji will take on Nahuel Gandolfi of Argentina in the co-main event of Brave CF 29 to be held on November 15 at Khalifa Sports City in Isa Town, the Bahraini-based promotion’s biggest show of the year.
The placing of his fight on the card shows how far he’s come. Initially, Kooheji started martial arts training to lose weight and have a more healthy life.
However, he found more than that, as fighting became his lifestyle.
Kooheji has been trained by current Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid and his brother Yousif Kooheji.
He caught the eye of Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa while winning several bouts in the Middle East and taking the flag of Bahrain to the highest spots in the Gulf.
As Brave Combat Federation went from Shaikh Khalid’s dream to reality, signing Kooheji was a matter of time.
He was in action in the first-ever Brave CF event in September 2016 beating Mohamed Mashaly by submission.
With the help of Eldar Eldarov, Team Bahrain and KHK MMA head coach, Kooheji became a well-rounded fighter and started to blossom into one of Bahrain’s heroes.
He represented the Kingdom in Indonesia, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia and will go back home for the most important bout of his life.
A win over Gandolfi will put him ever closer to a title shot in the bantamweight division.
However, the biggest win for Kooheji is and always will be his contribution to putting Bahrain on the top of the MMA world.