Middleweight Tarek Suleiman will try to achieve his first Brave Combat Federation victory at the promotion’s first-ever show in Europe, set for June 9th, in Northern Ireland. The Syrian fighter will take on South-African Chad Hanekom, and he enlisted the help of two Brazilian heroes and a jiu-jitsu ace to beat “Superman”.
Suleiman was pictured in Thailand where he usually sets up his training camps after a session with former Bellator champion Douglas Lima, Roan “Jucão” Carneiro, former UFC fighter and renowned coach, and jiu-jitsu champion Craig Jones.
“What a day to finish up my camp ahead of Brave 13! (Trained) With these legends today. Had the honor of training with Roan “Jucão”, Douglas Lima and Craig Jones! As the saying goes, iron sharpens iron. Solid rolls and awesome training with legends of the sport”, exclaimed Tarek through his social media profiles.
Suleiman was officially signed for Brave Combat Federation to appear in the promotion’s debut in Jordan, back at Brave 10, in March of this year. He took on Irishman Will Fleury and lost a hard-fought unanimous decision. He will face Hanekom at Brave 13, who also lost his debut fight on the same night, a split decision defeat to Russia’s Ikram Aliskerov.
Brave 13: Euro Evolution will be held at The SSE Arena, in Belfast. The main event will be a rematch for the Bantamweight title as current champion Stephen Loman tries to go 2-0 against challenger Frans Mlambo. The co-main event is set for a Catchweight of 73 kg between former UFC fighter Norman Parke and Myles Price.
Northern Ireland will become the ninth country to host a Brave Combat Federation, after Bahrain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, and Indonesia.
Brave 13 full fight card:
Bantamweight: Stephen Loman (c) x Frans Mlambo – For the title
Catchweight (73 kg): Norman Parke x Myles Price
Welterweight: Karl Amoussou x Rodrigo Cavalheiro
Flyweight: Andy Young x Bryan Creighton
Featherweight: Declan Dalton x Zack Zane
Catchweight (80 kg): Sidney Wheeler x Mohammad Fakhreddine
Lightweight: Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady x Erik Carlsson
Middleweight: Konrad Iwanowski x Glenn Irvine
Middleweight: Chad Hanekom x Tarek Suleiman
Catchweight (73 kg): Cian Cowley Daniel Olejniczak
Catchweight (79 kg): Ben Bennett x Adam Byrne
Featherweight: Piotr Tokarski x Sam Slater
Featherweight: Aidan James x Tommy Martin