Mohamed “L’Ambiance” Said Maalem, 39, of Switzerland is one fight away from winning the vacant light heavyweight championship title of BRAVE Combat Federation. The fighter, who is of Algerian descent, currently holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 11 wins and 3 losses.
On August 1, 2021, Said Maalem and Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 37, of Lebanon will headline “BRAVE CF 42” in Milan, Italy. The latter is the reigning BRAVE CF Middleweight World Champion.
Said Maalem is coming out of two consecutive BRAVE CF wins. In his promotional debut at “BRAVE CF 33” on December 27, 2019, he defeated Todd “The Black Hulk” Stoute, 37, of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago via unanimous decision.
On November 19, 2020, Said Maalem knocked out Zvonimir “The Croatian Sensation” Kralj, 29, of Sweden at “BRAVE CF 45.” The fight was refereed by Declan Larkin.
The evident secret behind Said Maalem’s tremendous run in MMA is his wrestling as the discipline holds all sorts of technical advantages, including the ability to dictate the pace of a bout.
Said Maalem is a natural at wrestling. He trained every single day at a very young age, dominated the competition and became a national champion in his home country.
The Swiss-Algerian MMA fighter’s caliber and credentials as a wrestler could have made him a regular fixture in the prestigious Summer Olympic Games but he found his true calling when he met Brazilian coach Anderson Pereiro in 2010. The trainer invited him to spar with a professional MMA fighter.
This turned out to be an eye-opener for Said Maalem due to the all-encompassing nature of the sport. At that very moment, he decided to continue competing only now it would be inside the cage as a prizefighter.
In 2014, Said Maalem made his professional debut and since then, he has never looked back. When he inked an exclusive deal with BRAVE CF in 2019, he immediately established himself as one of the most exciting light heavyweights on the roster in his maiden appearance.
Now, Said Maalem faces the opportunity of a lifetime by following in the footsteps of his fellow wrestlers Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Chuck Liddell, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, who have all world titles at light heavyweight. If Said Maalem defeats Fakhreddine, he will not only have an intricately crafted belt around his waist but also elevate his name closer to greatness.
BRAVE CF was founded on September 23, 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Among its rivals as the top MMA promotions in the world are the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Bellator MMA, Professional Fighters League and ONE Championship.
The reigning strawweight champion of ONE Championship is Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 25, of Baguio City, Philippines. His Team Lakay teammates and fellow ONE Championship athletes Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 27, and Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 24, are former BRAVE CF athletes.
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