The expectations for the unveiling of the most prestigious prize in sports today were enormous. Up until minutes before the final of the KHK World Championship, the world had yet to see the KHK belt in its true glory. It was fitting that the entrance of the glorious belt had a different setting, as it arrived in a helicopter and was taken inside the sold-out Khalifa Sports City Arena for the world to see.
Inside the cage, a match for the ages took place as two battered fighters had to dig deep to find the power and resilience to go through a second battle in the night in order to win the biggest prize of all.
It was Azamat Murzakanov who became the first-ever winner of the KHK World Championship, the best start ever to what promises to become the World Cup of mixed martial arts.
The Russian powerhouse left no doubt of his true value as he ran through top kickboxer Guto Inocente in the semifinals before scoring a KO victory for the ages against Mohammad Fakhreddine in the final bout of BRAVE CF 29, which took place last Friday in Bahrain.
“The Professional” improved his professional record to 9-0, maintained his undefeated status and became the king of the KHK World Championship. If Azamat wins the tournament two more times he will have the right to become the permanent owner of the most prestigious belt in the world, adorned with 6.2 kg of gold.
As he has shown in the two bouts of the evening, such a thought should be taken seriously as he has proved he’s not just raw talent, but a complete fighter and the king of kings in a night that produced several magical moments.