Mehdi Baghdad set to create a major impact at Brave 12: KHK Legacy
Former UFC fighter, Mehdi Baghdad will be competing in Brave 12: KHK Legacy on 11th May in the Balai Sarbini Hall at Jakarta, Indonesia after a break of two years in his fight career. His previous professional fight was at UFC Fight Night 90, where he faced John Makdessi which resulted in a loss by split decision.
Baghdad is one among the first generation of professional mixed martial artists of Arab origin to compete at the International level. He signed a multi-fight contract with the Bahrain based global Mixed Martial Arts promotion where he will face Pawel Kielek in the welterweight division of Brave Combat Federation.
Pawel Kielek trains at Arrachion Olsztyn in Poland and had previously competed in Absolute Championship Berkut. He will be returning after the split decision loss he faced against Sidney Wheeler at Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises hosted in Amman, Jordan.
Both the fighters require a victory to get back the momentum to bounce back their careers in one of the toughest divisions of the promotion.
"I am happy at Brave Combat Federation. This is a new experience for me because being part of an organisation that is young, gives me the opportunity to travel around the world and compete against some of the best emerging talents from each region. The fighters are not restricted and this freedom helps to develop the best in each fighter. What matters is to have a happy life and now I am happy in life as well as in my profession of fighting. This fight, I have to face a young and talented fighter. His wrestling and striking skills are extremely good, but I am well prepared and experienced. This time I am sure that I will be victorious and will showcase a different fight game far superior to that of my opponent", responded Baghdad.
Baghdad will be competing in the welterweight division for the first time in his career. This will result in a change of game plan as he used to compete in the Lightweight division throughout his career. Currently, he is training at KHK MMA Gym in Bahrain which is also the camp for multiple fighters including Eldar Eldarov, Hamza Kooheji, Gamzat Magomedov and Hussain Ayyad who are set to compete at Brave 12: KHK Legacy in Jakarta, Indonesia.