Colombian MMA community rallies behind Eduardo Mora ahead of BRAVE CF 65
TDT | Manama
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The people of Colombia are rallying behind Eduardo ‘’El Burro’’ Mora ahead of his huge BRAVE CF Featherweight fight today. Mora takes on Bahraini MMA star and former number-one BRAVE CF Bantamweight contender Hamza Kooheji in the BRAVE CF 65 main event today evening in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
‘’El Burro’’ has become the golden boy of Colombian MMA and is adored by many back home and in the greater Latin America. Messages of support have been streaming in over social media these past few days with fellow fighters, former opponents, judges and referees all showing their love for ‘’El Burro’’.
“I would like to send ‘El Burro’ all my good energy. I know that, like all Colombian people, he’s a fighter, not just inside the cage but also outside. He’s been a fighter all of his life, and with all the things we have to face and survive in our country,” said Colombian MMA referee and the first woman to ever oversee a BRAVE CF fight, Yeimy Ariza.
“I am sending you all my best energy and pride seeing as you go to the top. “I recall how you came up through the amateur scene, I remember it very well and how your nickname came up. Just know that your teachers and coaches are behind you, they are committed to you and always will be as you have always given them your best.
“I know that, at BRAVE CF 65, Colombia will be well-represented,” she added. Mora is the perfect representation of Colombian MMA, having come up from the grassroots level to the fighting on the most-global MMA stage this weekend when he takes on Kooheji in an intercontinental Featherweight bout that promises to light up the Bahrain sky.
He is a distinguished Colombian athlete who has enjoyed much success with a silver medal in the Pan-American Sambo Championship and three Amateur Colombian titles - a real poster boy of Colombian combat sports.
Those achievements set him on a path to winning the Road to BRAVE CF Colombia leg. He then went on a five-fight win streak sweeping through the local South American competition before facing a huge international draw card in BRAVE CF’s number-five ranked Bantamweight, South Africa’s Nkosi Ndebele where Mora fell short via unanimous decision at BRAVE CF 60.
That precious international scalp still eludes Mora and he now has a huge opportunity to break that spell against one of the biggest international names on the BRAVE CF roster. A win over Kooheji in the third and final leg of the Kombat Kingdom series could bode very well for ‘El Burro’’ and catapult him closer to contendership, however, this challenge will not be an easy one as the dangerous Kooheji is hungry for redemption after he failed to secure the BRAVE CF Bantamweight belt against Canada’s Brad Katona at BRAVE CF 57.
With BRAVE CF 65 taking place at the Khalifa Sports City Arena, Kooheji will have extra motivation to please his fans considering that he came second to Katona in the very same arena. But being the underdog and facing such adversity is nothing new to ‘’El Burro’’.
“There have been many times that I have had to travel and fight the hometown fighter, in Bolivia and Puerto Rico, for example. In those moments, I had the entire crowd against me, but in the end I came out of that cage victorious and I believe this time it will happen again. I always imagine all the yelling and fanfare to be in my favor, and that makes me stronger,” said Mora.
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