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Shaun Oneill

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Shaun Oneill

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sport@ballymenaguardian.co.uk

THREE Ballymena Institute of Mixed Martial Arts (IMMA) members fight in Saturday night's Brave 13: Europe Evolution event at SSE Arena in Belfast.

They are Norman Parke, Andy Young and Glenn Irvwin.

Rodney Moore, Head coach at the George Street gym Ballymena, said the trio face tough fights - but is quietly confidence all three will finish off their opponents.

"I don't think they will need judges' decisions," and Moore. "I believe they will all be good, clean finishes."

Moore said the fighters have been training really hard for the event, which will be a first promotion in Europe for the Bahrain-based organisers.

Ballymena club member Parke v Myles Price, from the Republic of Ireland, is the co-main event!

In the flyweight class Young takes on Bryan Creighton, while on the undercard Irvine fights Konrad Iwanowski at middleweight.

Main event on Saturday night features the bantamweight champion, Stephen Loman from Philippines defending the title against Frans Mlambo, from Ireland.

Other bouts include Rodrigo Cavalheiro from Brazil facing Karl Amoussou from France and Zack Zane facing Declan Dalton.

Lebanon's Mohammad Fakhreddine will make his return to face Sidney Wheeler.

Top Middle Eastern superstar, Abdul Kareem Al Selwady will also make his return after the 10th edition of the event to face Erik Carlsson.

The undercard includes Chad Hanekom v Tarek Suleiman, Cian Cowley v Oktawian Olejniczak, IMMAF gold medalist Ben Bennette v Adam Byrne, Piotr Tokarski v Sam Slater, Aidan James v Tommy Martin and Jonathan Reid v Constantin Gnusarev.

A total of 28 fighters will represent 15 nations in the fight card. The fights will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports, Combate, StarSat and VodaComm in the respective territories apart from streaming across the official website of Brave Combat Federation.

Tickets for Brave 13: Europe Evolution, Belfast, priced from £38.50 - £119.50, are available from Ticketmaster or the SSE Arena Box Office 028 9073 9074.

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