Since the Coronavirus pandemic shook the entire world, sports organizations have canceled their events, for the most part, to avoid public gatherings, and in order to encourage people to stay home. However, Mixed Martial Arts has not followed suit immediately, and in a time when most people involved in the sport wouldn’t speak up, BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid was the first MMA executive to raise his voice against this.
Shahid expressed his belief that a new system needs to be implemented, one that can take mixed martial arts from an event-based industry to a sports-based industry, with the regulation of a worldwide body focused on the development of the sport, not on making money at all costs.
His words were echoed in the worldwide press, as mainstream media reported on what the BRAVE CF president had to say about regulating mixed martial arts in order to avoid these situations, in which the image of the sport seemed to be at stake.
Shahid spoke about how other organizations and sports were dealing with this worldwide issue and stressed MMA needed to set an example if it is ever going to be taken seriously a sport. BRAVE Combat Federation has postponed its shows until further notice and has initiated an awareness campaign with the goal of informing its fans on how to best protect themselves from the virus, while also giving them a glimpse into BRAVE CF fighters’ life in quarantine, with training videos and tutorials.
Several mainstream news outlets across the globe have reported on Shahid’s words, and have played their part in introducing the conversation about the need for worldwide MMA regulation, something that BRAVE CF, through the vision of His Highness Shaikh Khaled bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has been championing since its inception in late 2016.