BRAVE CF 43: Al-Silawi dominates, closes Kombat Kingdom with Middleweight win over Melvin van Suijdam

After three weeks and three intense fight nights, BRAVE Combat Federation’s Kombat Kingdom series in Bahrain is finally over and the final chapter of it was written by the Welterweight World Champion Jarrah Al-Silawi, winning BRAVE CF 43’s main event in a Middleweight bout against Melvin van Suijdam.

The Jordanian Lion put on a dominant performance and won via unanimous decision, with a triple 30-27. Although he was fighting in a heavier weight class, Jarrah showed exactly the same qualities he’s known for in the Welterweight division: power, aggression, and great submission skills, offensively and defensively.

The highlight of the fight came in the second round when Jarrah dropped Van Suijdam with a leg kick that left the Dutchman limping for the rest of the fight. The Welterweight champion followed it up with a full mount and finished the round landing powerful strikes on his opponent.

Melvin van Suijdam’s performance was as remarkable as Al-Silawi skills during the fight, as the newcomer showed incredible heart and resilience, and tried some slick knee and ankle submissions, showing his grappling credentials as well.

After the fight, Jarrah spoke about the pressure coming to this fight and left the door open for a potential trilogy against Mohammad Fakhreddine, now, though, for the BRAVE CF Middleweight World Title.

“It was a huge responsibility being the champion and coming here but I’m really confident in my skills and my preparation and I’m happy that I was able to come here and get this win. I’m not sure what’s going to happen next, I’m probably getting back to Welterweight and defend my title but I’d be happy to return here to Middleweight and see what happens, maybe even fight for the title”, he said.

In the co-main event of the evening, Kasum Kasumov quickly answered the question of who was the best grappler between him and Dimitar Kostov. The Dagestani powerhouse managed to submit his opponent in the first round with a beautiful arm-triangle choke.

Kasumov immediately established his superiority when he managed to take Kostov down inside the first minute. With both men on the ground, the Russian used his skills and locked a very tight arm-triangle choke, to which Kostov wasn’t even able to tap to, requiring the interference of the referee.

BRAVE CF 43 results

Jarrah Al-Silawi def. Melvin van Suijdam by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kasum Kasumov def. Dimitar Kostov via submission (arm-triangle choke) – 2m31s of Round 1

Akhmed Shervaniev def. Arman Popal via TKO (punches) – 2m45s of Round 2

Muhammad Mokaev def. Jamie Kelly via submission (rear-naked choke) – 2m11s – Round 3

Anzor Abdulkhozhaev def. Soheil Davoodi via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tae Kyun Kim def. Arturo Chavez by TKO (corner stoppage) – R2 – 5:00

Mehmosh Raza def. Calum Murrie by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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