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Kooheji optimistic to compete in Bahrain
Bahrain's first professional fighter, Hamza Kooheji returned to Brave Combat Federation with a dominating victory over Crisanto Pitpitunge from Team Lakay. Kooheji faced Pitpituge in a bantamweight matchup during Brave 16 hosted in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Kooheji was returning from his first promotional loss at Brave Combat Federation. The KHK MMA Bahrain fighter went all three rounds of action against the veteran from Team Lakay which is among the top fight teams in Asia. In the end of the fight Hamza was declared the winner by unanimous decision. 

Crisanto Pitpitunge is among the veterans and the first fighter to be signed with Brave Combat Federation. Pitpitunge serves as a police officer in his hometown and the victory is a major boost for the career of the Bahraini athlete. The bantamweight fighter is already featured in the initial poster of Brave 18 hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

Brave 16 marks the third win for Hamza Kooheji in his four professional appearances in Brave Combat Federation. "I am really thankful towards His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and how he changed my life as an athlete alongside the sport of mixed martial arts around the world. We are an example for the world today because of the vision and guidance that supported us. Today, the fastest growing mixed martial arts organisation in the world belongs to Bahrain. We will aim higher and will achieve more. I hope to be back to compete soon and make Bahrain proud again", said Hamza Kooheji.