Trash Talk Dominates And Tempers Rise At Brave 23 Press Conference And Ceremonial Weigh-Ins

Brave Combat Federation held the last pre-fight events before the historic Brave 23: Pride and Honor fight card takes place, this Friday, April 19th, in Amman, Jordan. The 24 fighters involved in the 12 bouts confirmed their official weights in front of a massive crowd at the Abdali Mall with heated staredowns all around. Before that, however, the main fighters in the stellar card answered media questions in a pre-event press conference.

It was then that the Eldar Eldarov vs Mounir Lazzez rivalry finally spilled over, as the two traded barbs over Lazzez’s comments that Eldar wasn’t an elite, well-rounded mixed martial artist, but only a great wrestler. They will face each other in the co-main event, with the inaugural Super Lightweight world title on the line.

Eldarov said, “Let him believe that I’m just a wrestler. I’ll tell you this. I’ll beat him at his own game”. At this point, Lazzez interrupted his rival, and claimed that he wanted to “stand in the middle of the cage and exchange blows” with Eldarov, and even suggested a change in their contract for just a stand-up fight. Their discussion escalated, but there weren’t any incidents when the two later faced off after confirming their weights.

Another title fight that heated up was the Lightweight championship bout between champion Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady and challenger Luan “Miau” Santiago. Throughout the week, the Brazilian striker had been provoking the champion, and Al-Selwady decided to fire back during the press conference, by claiming he was going to beat Luan at his best and make sure he knew that the titleholder was the better fighter of the two.

Santiago didn’t flinch when asked about the Jordanian support and reiterated that he was “going to beat Al-Selwady up and go back to Brazil with the belt”. The two men kept going back and forth during their staredowns but were separated by Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid, who had no trouble with the main event, as the champion Jarrah Al-Selawe and the challenger Abdoul Abdouraguimov kept their composure and didn’t say a word to each other.

Brave 23: Pride and Honor will be available live and free on Brave TV, where fans from around the world can watch the show by signing up to

Brave TV will not be available to the USA, Middle East, North Africa, Philippines, and India. Fans from those regions will be able to watch the show through our partners at Fite TV (USA), Abu Dhabi TV (Middle East and North Africa), ESPN5 (Philippines), and MTV (India).

Author: Fight Game Asia

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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