BRAVE Combat Federation has announced the creation of BRAVE NATIONAL LEAGUE (BNL), a league model that brings mixed martial arts closer to the Fifa model.
BRAVE CF was founded in 2016 by Supreme Council for Youth and Sport first deputy chairman, General Sports Authority chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa with a vision to change the MMA industry from an event business to a sport business and introduce a new system that will create a global ecosystem for the MMA industry under one umbrella.
The BNL is expected to create an MMA economy around the world.
“MMA is one of the most global sports along with football. It deserves a sports system that helps the industry reach its potential around the world and BNL will be that solution,” said BRAVE CF COO Valeria Lang.
The BNL aims to launch its first league in 2023 and has plans to introduce the model in five different countries/regions in three years.
“The BRAVE NATIONAL LEAGUE puts together experts from every area of sports, from policy makers to sports media property founders and the biggest sports investors behind the organisation,’’ said BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid.
“A sport can’t be controlled by one person, company or even a nation. No matter the wealth. If that happens the sport won’t reach its highest potential,” he added.
The BNL format will allow private and public sectors to own teams and will provide opportunities for investments at the league level. This format will extinguish any possibilities of monopolising the sport.
“I would rather have twenty three-billion dollar companies in the MMA industry than only have one seven-billion company. BNL will generate an opportunity for many billion-dollar MMA companies to be created,” said Lang.
The mission of the BNL is to develop the sport around the world. The league model will give opportunities to local fighters to make a living and become national stars. The module introduced will also help aspiring fighter managers and even the notoriously passionate MMA media industry.
The BRAVE NATIONAL LEAGUES are expected to operate under one global umbrella, as football operates. Each league will have the freedom to operate independently as long as they follow certain requirements, just like Uefa and AFC (continentally) and the FA, Premier League and La Liga (nationally) do in football.
“The business model will be one of the biggest sports investment opportunities. This will create a new economic movement in the countries that introduce BNL. It will be regulated by a national commission which will be governed by an international regulatory authority. A full global ecosystem for MMA,” said BRAVE CF director of operations Faith Pearson.
BNL will also have a transition system from amateur to professional. Fighters will see season contracts instead of contracts per fight. They will also have multiple revenue streams. The club owners will have a policy of mandatory requirement to reinvest a percentage of revenue to the athletes, while the Leagues will have a central pool revenue system that will see the major share of revenue going to the club owners.
“We are very excited to announce the BRAVE NATIONAL LEAGUE. It has been five years of work and bringing the experience of Bahrain and KHK Sports to mixed martial arts. It was not easy to bring a massive group of people together from different areas of expertise and world together for one vision. We believe it will be the biggest game changer we have seen in sports for a while,” said Shahid.