KHK World Championship belt
KHK World Championship belt

Christophe “Hulk” Vandijck, 34, has a chance to become the inaugural KHK World Champion. He is the only fighter from Belgium in the shortlist of mixed martial artists released by Brave Combat Federation and Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts.

Brave CF and KHK MMA will hold the first ever KHK World Championship in Bahrain on November 15, 2019. The bouts will be on the card of “Brave 29,” which is part of the Brave International Combat Week.

A one-night, four-men, open weight MMA tournament, KHK World Championship will award a US$ 100,000 check to the winner. He will be the first ever holder of the KHK World Championship belt, which is made of 6.2kg of gold.

Originally, Brave CF and KHK MMA planned to shortlist only 10 MMA fighters as participants of the inaugural KHK World Championship. However, the organizations extended the list and included 15 MMA fighters including Vandijck.

Born on July 5, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium, Vandijck was 9 years old when he started his judo training. He spent 14 years in the Belgian Judo Team and won eight national judo titles.

In 2011, Vandijck made his professional MMA debut. He currently holds a record of 8 wins and 5 losses.

Few years ago, I went to Judo training in another gym. A guy came to me and said:"You are Christophe Vandijck right?…

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Vandijck and the other 14 shortlisted KHK World Championship fighters were chosen from the hundreds of athletes who applied. The shortlisted fighters are from 11 countries namely Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Iran, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.

“Our special committee was unable to cut all the hundreds of fighters and make a list of only 10 athletes,” Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid stated. “There was too much talent involved so they decided to leave 15 names and we’ll draw them out and see what are the matchups.”

“I understand them as I would definitely have a hard time making the same choice,” Shahid continued. “I’m very excited to find out who will be coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain to fight for the inaugural KHK World Championships.”

Among the 15 shortlisted MMA fighters, four will be selected to compete in the semifinals while one will serve as an alternate in case of an injury. Check the list on Conan Daily.