KHK Sports CEO, Mohamed Shahid has boasted about the current state of affairs in regards to mixed martial arts in the region of Bahrain ahead of the country’s hosting of the inaugural 2022 MMA SuperCup this week in association with IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation).
The event, which features Team Bahrain, also welcomes seven other teams to the massive amateur 3-day tournament, with Team Ireland, Team Oceania, Team Arab Champs, Team Balkan Champs, Team Mexico, Team Kazakhstan, and Team Tajikistan also competing.
The eventual tournament victors with net a cool $100,000 cash prize in a bid to help develop mixed martial arts infrastructure in their respective nations and regions. The event runner’s up with land themselves a sum of $75,000, while the third best-placed region will score a cash prize of $50,000.
Speaking ahead of the event, which is slated to take place over the course of three days during the BRAVE FC International Combat Week, the aforenoted, Shahid praised the development of mixed martial arts in the region of Bahrain – citing the growth of BRAVE FC, and pointing to the upcoming UFC debut of the highly-touted, Muhammad Mokaev later this month.
“Bahrain today is one of the fastest-growing MMA countries in the world,” Mohammed Shadid told Current MMA. “We have a very strong MMA ecosystem. Bahrain National Team is ranked the number one in the senior division under the IMMAF world rankings. We have hosted three world championships from 2017 to 2019. The MMA SuperCup, the largest amateur MMA event in the history of mixed martial arts is being held in Bahrain. The largest MMA promotion in the Middle East is BRAVE CF and it is the fastest-growing promotion and most global currently. We have the largest growing promotion and most global currently.”
“We have the largest training camp for MMA with nine coaches and specialists with a united center where the national team of BJJ, wrestling, boxing and sambo trains along with the MMA fighters,” Mohamed Shahid explained. “In January 2022, we saw the training camp of Hamza for the BRAVE CF world title, Muhammad Mokaev for his debut at UFC London, and the number one ranked MMA national team all happen here in Bahrain. Bahrain has not only become the leaders in MMA development in the Middle East, but also it is the future of the MMA industry worldwide.”
With each representing team allowed to featured eight male and female fighters throughout the tournament, as well as substitutes, BRAVE CF super lightweight champion, Eldar Eldarov pointed out some names worth keeping an eye on over the course of the 3-day event.
“We have fighters who are already known in the MMA world, like Ramazan Gitinov and Sabrina de Souza,” Eldar Eldarov said. “We have a generation of last year’s world championships finalists in Abu Dhabi – Mohamed Alsameea is one of them.”
Eldarov also stressed that an overall victory for the tournament hosts is pertinent as the action gets underway on Wednesday.
“It’s (the MMA SuperCup) is happening in Bahrain, so we have to win this MMA SuperCup,” Eldar Eldarov said. “The young Bahraini generation will come and watch. We are here to show them that Bahrain can build champions who can beat anyone in the world.”