Headlined by three title bouts, BRAVE CF 57 received an addition of another four mega fights as the organization makes its return to the Kingdom of Bahrain, on March 11th, during the BRAVE International Combat Week.
2021 Breakout Fighter of The Year and 2021 Submission of The Year winner Asu Almabaev returns in a Flyweight bout against Rizvan Abuev, which is likely to have serious title implications – especially with the Flyweight Tournament final between Ali Bagautinov and Velimurad Alkhasov looming.
A huge Super-Welterweight fight has also been added as Brazilian standout Luis Felipe Dias and Nursulton Ruziboev, who’s coming off a career-changing win, which earned him the KO of the Year award for 2021.
Two Lightweights bouts have also been announced with rivals Agshin Babaev and Husein Kadimagomaev settling unfinished business, and Fighter of The Year candidate Sam Patterson facing off against Khunkar-Pasha Osmaev.
BRAVE CF 57 will be headlined by a vacant Bantamweight world title fight between top contenders Hamza Kooheji and Brad Katona.
Also set for fight night are two more title fights: Middleweight champion Mohammad Fakhreddine will once again attempt to become a two-division titleholder in a rematch against arch-enemy Mohamed Said Maalem for the Light Heavyweight belt, while Abdisalam Kubanychbek takes on former champ Amin Ayoub for the interim Lightweight title, while lineal titleholder Ahmed Amir out due to injury.
BRAVE CF 57 takes place on March 11th, during the BRAVE International Combat Week, which will also feature the first-ever edition of the MMA Super Cup, the highest-paying team vs team competition in amateur mixed martial arts.
BRAVE CF 57 Fight Card (so far):
Bantamweight title fight: Hamza Kooheji (11-2) vs Brad Katona (10-2)
Light Heavyweight title fight: Mohammad Fakhreddine (MW-C, 14-4, 2 NC) vs Mohamed Said Maalem (11-3, 1 NC)
Lightweight interim title fight: Abdisalam Uulu Kubanychbek (18-3) vs Amin Ayoub (16-5)
Super Welterweight fight: Nursulton Ruziboev (32-8-2, 2 NC) vs Luis Felipe Dias (14-3)
Lightweight: Sam Patterson (8-1-1) vs Khunkar-Pasha Osmaev (10-6-1)
Flyweight: Asu Almabaev (14-2) vs Rizvan Abuev (12-3)
Lightweight: Husein Kadimagomaev (8-1) vs Agshin Babaev (22-7, 1 NC)
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.