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Pakistani pug Raza looks to add MMA star Dy to growing list of Pinoy victims

Mehmosh Raza's explosiveness will be put to the test against the UFC-toughened Gab Dy at Brave 22.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Mehmosh Raza introduced himself to the Philippine mixed martial arts fans in a nasty manner.

The pugilist from Pakistan wasted no time in dealing Arben Escayo a quick defeat on Oct. 27 in his debut at Brave Combat Federation.

Right in front of his fellow Pakistanis, Raza quickly took Escayo down and in just 23 seconds, the latter tapped out as the former scored what turned out to be the fastest submission Brave has ever seen.

This time, however, Raza will have to deal with the raucous crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay as he takes on Filipino star Gab Dy.

Aside from the home country advantage, Dy will also bring his vast experience in the Ultimate Fighting Championship with him in his return at Brave.

Dy, the son of Filipino boxing legend Rolando Navarette, once fought Nelson Paes at Brave 5 on April 22, 2017 in Mumbai, but after an accidental head clash, the match was declared a no contest.

After a one-and-done stint, Dy then signed with the UFC only to be released after his loss to Shane Young on June 23, 2018 in Singapore.

Dy knocked out Izzeddine Al Derbani in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 26 this year.

Raza and Dy will face off in Brave's first foray in the Philippines, Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, on March 15 at the MOA Arena.

Their showdown will be one of the fights to look out aside from the main event pitting Stephen Loman and Elias Boudegzdame for the Brave bantamweight title.

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