Banario vs. Oliveros in ‘Brave 22’


Harold Banario will have to deal with a last-minute change in his fight plans for “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” set for March 15 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

Banario was initially scheduled to take on Russian powerhouse Gamzat Magomedov, who withdrew because of undisclosed reasons. Instead, Banario will take on Ariel Oliveros, also from the Philippines.

Banario, who will be making his promotional debut, was set for his first fight with Brave CF in December but was forced to pull out himself. Now, he will take on a dangerous opponent in Oliveros.

Oliveros will become the 11th Filipino fighter in the promotion’s first trip to Manila. He is coming off a tough submission loss in his Brave debut, as he was forced to tap out from a ninja choke by Haider Farman from Pakistan during Brave 17 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Oliveros will look for his first Brave victory in front of his home crowd.

Gamzat Magomedov’s comeback fight for Brave Combat Federation, meanwhile, will have to wait.

One of Brave’s brightest Russian prospects, Magomedov fell to a disqualification loss against South Africa’s JP Buys in his second Brave fight after connecting with an illegal blow.

Before that, he overwhelmed Zech Lange en route to a unanimous decision victory back at Brave 12. The bantamweight, who fights out of KHK MMA Bahrain, will now look for a quick turnaround in a future Brave event.

Brave CF 22: Storm of Warriors will be headlined by a title fight between defending bantamweight world champion and local hero Stephen Loman and challenger Elias Boudegzdame.

Also set for fight night are the debuts of star flyweights Jose Torres and Amir Albazi, and Cian Cowley who tries to go undefeated in three fights against New Zealand’s John Brewin.