KHK World Championship belt
KHK World Championship belt

Alex “The Dominican Nightmare” Garcia, 32, has a chance to become the inaugural KHK World Champion. He is the only fighter from Dominican Republic 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. As part of the Brave International Combat Week, the bouts will be on the card of “Brave 29.”

The KHK World Championship is open to all weight classes and all MMA promotions. The winner will receive US$ 100,000 along with 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 Garcia.

Born on July 14, 1987 in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2009. He holds a professional MMA record of 15 wins and 7 losses.

In 2013, Garcia joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was confirmed on September 20, 2019 that he was released from the promotion.

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Garcia and the other 14 shortlisted KHK World Championship fighters were chosen from the hundreds of applicants. 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.