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Where Next for Jarrah Al Silawi? PFL?

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BRAVE Combat Federation and their Welterweight Champion Jarrah Al Silawi have amicably split after nearly four years and 10 fights.

Al Silawi began his MMA career as an amateur at Europe’s hot bed for MMA talent Cage Warriors, going 4-0 with three first round finishes. He then rose to the professional ranks going 2-1 with his only loss to Carl Booth who he later managed to gain redemption against three years later at BRAVE 5.

Following his three fight run at Cage Warriors Al Silawi joined Dessert Force the big name MMA in his home country of Jordan. It was here he made a respectable name in pro MMA going 4-1, with one of those wins coming by way of an impressive Kimora over fellow current BRAVE superstar Mohammad Fakhreddine.

In December 2016 Al Silawi made his BRAVE debut at BRAVE 2 for the biggest promotion in the Middle East winning again by Kimora against Erik Carlsson. He won the Welterweight Championship in his sixth fight against Carlston Harris, but it was a short reign as he lost the title in the very next event against Abdoul Abdouraguimov.

Al Silawi got an immediate rematch where he got a fourth round stoppage win over Abdoul Abdouraguimov and he defended on two more occasions against Van Suijdam and most recently in the impressive second round victory via leg kicks over Ismael Naurdiev who suffered an horrific leg injury.

The sudden decision to vacate the Welterweight title and leave BRAVE is somewhat surprising but not a huge shock as Al Silawi is huge talent and one of top Welterweight prospects in MMA.

Now the question is where to next for Al Silawi I’ll take a look at three potential landing spots for the Jordan legend.

PFL

This would be the big money smart move for Al Silawi to join PFL, who are known to be the big spenders in MMA. Al Silawi could put up a legitimate run at the title here and earn the big paycheque and respect that comes with it, without facing the crazy talent of the UFC Welterweight division.

This years competition is currently is in the finals of the Welterweight tournament, where Ray Cooper III and Magomed Magomedkerimov will be fighting it out for the $1million Championship prize. Outside of the two men there’s grappling wizard Jake Shields and Rick Story who would be the biggest threats to the division.

PREDICTION: Most likely destination

Bellator

There is some genuine talent here who would be huge scalps for Al Silawi with the likes of champion Douglas Lima and MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page. This would undoubtedly be some impressive names to add to his already respected resume, although undeniably less reward financially and a far more difficult route to the gold with Jason Jackson, Neiman Gracie and veteran Paul Daley all in the mix.

PREDICTION: Likely but not first choice

UFC

Everybody wants to make it to the UFC right? And with BRAVE providing one of the biggest prospects they have in Chimaev, this isn’t off the table but realistically this is by far the toughest route to success. Now I’m not saying that Al Silawi can’t succeed here, but its definitely high risk low reward as there have been many question marks in recent years over the lack of pay they give to their fighters.

Adding this to the fact that Al Silawi would have to get through Masvidal, Edwards, Burns and Covington before even getting to Champion Usman, this is by far the toughest way to get success.

PREDICTION : More of a dream than a probability

There you have my prediction, Jarrah Al Silawi will be a PFL fighter by the next welterweight tournament.

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