The excitement has been tangible from the time Brave Combat federation announced its intention to host the first ever global event in South Africa. The arrival of the global super MMA promotion had both fighters and fans drooling at the prospect of another mega MMA show to have access to. This excitement was at a fever pitch right up until Brave announced the date and venue. 08 December 2018, Sun city, then the excitement began to fade and the questions of viability began.
Why would an MMA promotion of Braves ability choose to host an MMA event in South Africa on the same date as the biggest MMA promotion in Africa? Why would you host the event at a facility that is a sponsor of said large African promotion? Why would host an event at Sun City in December when people are still working and if they aren’t working cannot afford to stay at Sun City? Why would you arrive in South Africa with Blatant disregard for the camps that now have to be split in half, the judges and refs who have to split in half the fans who have to split in half. These where the questions I began to wonder.
In Reality it is not all doom and gloom just major disappointment. Many people including myself where massively excited at the prospect of Brave on our shores and the glimpse into their global promotion. But sadly, it is now inaccessible for so many of the MMA public in South Africa for reasons mentioned above. Sure, Brave arriving has provided some great opportunities for fighters to be on a massive global stage fighting in front of a new audience. Brave have definitely put on a stellar card featuring some immense South African Talent. Being able to see guys Like Mark Hulme and Frans Mlambo compete on South African soil is amazing. Seeing guys Like Nkosi Ndebele make their pro debut under such circumstances is inspiring, but i like so many others just wish the Venue and Date choice was a lot smarter.
think about smaller teams that will have fighters competing at both EFC and Brave, will their fighters be granted the same opportunity when their entire team is split over the two events?
It must be said that there is some underlying arrogance at the choice of venue and date of Brave 19, almost a disregard for the EFC and the MMA fans. An underlying air of “Take it or leave it” to the point that it seems there is even some Vendetta against the EFC, I might be tragically wrong about the last part but the major tragedy might just end up being an empty Sun City when Brave Arrives. At this point we can only hope that Brave has some success and returns in 2019 with a new approach.
As exciting as the Brave 19 card is and as exciting as the prospect is of having thus global MMA super power on our shores, it is disappointing that I won’t be able to attend and neither will many people in the MMA community. A card that Featured Chad Hanekom fighting for the Inaugural middleweight as a main belt might have made these choices harder for some but the reality is at EFC we will see title fights on a star-studded card with an MMA promotion that is here to stay forever.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, where will you be in December?