#TFGinterview: Ahmed Amir has his eyes on the Brave CF Lightweight Championship
- By Renjith Ravindran
- December 23, 2017
AHMED AMIR HAS BEEN UNSTOPPABLE IN BRAVE COMBAT FEDERATION SO FAR. The Egyptian fighter has three wins to his name already in the promotion and is eager than ever to move forward.
The initial outings
The first time Ahmed stepped into the Brave Combat Federation cage was back in November 2016 for Brave 1. He faced an experienced grappler in the form of Richie Martinez and much to the surprise of many fans; Amir stopped Martinez in the first round itself. It was the best way to announce his arrival into the promotion.
Four months later, Ahmed would step into the cage once again for Brave 4. This time, it was Kevin Koldobsky that posed a hurdle. The Argentinean Koldobsky was desperate to get back on the winning track at that time and once again, Ahmed made the uphill task look easy.
A second-round submission finish made it 2-0 for Ahmed in the Bahrain based promotion and improved his professional record to 7 – 1.
Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions
With momentum on his side, Ahmed took up one of his biggest fights till date for Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions when he faced Erik Carlsson.
A three round war ensued between the two and the judges were split when they awarded Ahmed the win. The win catapulted Ahmed and cemented his place in the top half of Brave’s stacked Lightweight division. Even though he fought his other two fights in different weight classes, Ahmed seems comfortable at Lightweight.
Ahmed Amir: I think the lightweight is very suitable for me. I am a lightweight fighter who didn't cut weight so 77 kg or 74kg were temporary fights.
Eye on the title
On top of the Lightweight division is Ottman Azaitar. Azaitar was crowned the Lightweight Champion at Brave 9 and everyone in the division has their eyes on him. Ahmed is no different.
Ahmed Amir: Ottman proved that he is a very good opponent but I like this kind of challenge, all I care about is to be the champion as soon as possible no matter who is the champion. It's that simple for me
While facing Ottman would be a big leap for Ahmed, there are some other great contenders in the division that could potentially get matched up with Ahmed. When asked about them, Ahmed reiterated that he does not care about who he faces next as long as it’s a step towards the Brave Lightweight Championship.
Bahrain and John Kavanagh
Away from his Lightweight title ventures, Ahmed has been getting some attention. A notable name that praised him recently was SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh. Kavanagh who was at Brave 9 had high praise for Ahmed recently and the Egyptian was pleased by the fact.
Ahmed Amir: That's really felt great especially since I respect him so much and when he praised me I was surprised and happy. I wish I will able to get more.
However, the journey has not always been smooth. Ahmed has his fair share of problems and he hopes that he will overcome them and reach his goal of getting the Brave Lightweight title.
Ahmed Amir: As an Egyptian fighter it's not a secret that everyone faces many problems to continue and very few can win especially as you said lack of facility and sponsors and no media but I will go through all that inshallah
And he does not plan to stop when he gets hold of the Brave championship. He has bigger plans up his sleeve and it involves a certain student of John Kavanagh as well.
Ahmed Amir: My ultimate goal is to be the best champion in UFC and beat Conor McGregor. And to the fans, I have to say that I will not take [Brave Combat Federation] lightweight belt only because there will be another belt with me.
It’s indeed a big dream but it’s always the dreamers that succeeded. In his chase of gold, Ahmed also has another wish that he hopes to fulfill soon: to move to Bahrain and be part of KHK MMA full time.
Ahmed Amir: I was honored to train with KHK one time and I really want to be a part of the best Middle East team. I really like Bahraini people and Bahrain. I really wish to continue my career there.
Ahmed Amir is an Egyptian MMA fighter who currently holds a professional record of 8-1. The 26-Year-old is signed to Brave Combat Federation and is on a three fight winning streak in the promotion.