(Image caption: Hadbi and Fakhreddine face off at Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions in Bahrain)
Brave Combat Federation has released the latest teaser of what it is called the biggest rivalry in the history of mixed martial arts in the Middle East. Tahar Hadbi and Mohammed Fakhreddine will be having the much anticipated rematch at Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises hosted in Amman, Jordan on March 2 at the Boxing Arena at King Hussien Sports City. The first clash between the welterweights ended up in a no-contest as Fakhreddine couldn't continue the bout after suffering an accidental low blow.
Hadbi have claimed that the low blow was a tactic implemented by Mohammed Fakhreddine to shove points off from the opponents and to psychologically manipulate the game plan of his opponents, the first being Marcus Vinicius Cruz during Brave 4: Unstoppable in Abu Dhabi. Fakhreddine have claimed that the illegal groin shots was intentional as he was leading during the first round. The war of the words was much discussed in the MMA world.
"We understand that the bout is highly anticipated and the intensity of the rivalry itself demanded the promotion to beef up the security during the event. However we are proud that the entire region is frantically following one bout so closely. Such an enthusiasm had never occurred in the history of the sport in the Middle East.", said Mohammed Shahid, President of Brave Combat Federation.
Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises will be the first event by the promotion in Jordan. The fight card features 24 fighters from 14 nations representing 18 gyms or fight teams and is the most diverse fight card ever hosted by Jordan. Both the fighters have previously fought in Jordan and have a huge fanbase to back them.