Brave Combat Federation held its eighth show in less than a year with stellar success, coming back to Curitiba for two title fights. Klidson de Abreu avenged Brazilian football team’s tragic loss to Germany by defeating Timo Feucht with an armbar from the mount to become the first ever Light Heavyweight champion, while Carlston Harris completed a fairytale story after being called out on one day’s notice to fight for the inaugural Welterweight title. The Guyanese outworked Englishman Carl Booth to claim the belt by unanimous decision.
Klidson became the first Brazilian to hold a Brave title in the main event, dominating a dangerous Timo Feucht standing up and when the fight hit the ground. A jiu-jitsu world champion at brown belt level, Abreu showed improved striking skills and was superior to his German counterpart throughout the contest, which took little more than nine minutes.
During the first round, Klidson and Feucht exchanged heavy punches, but the Brazilian seemed more confident and relaxed and managed to land almost at will. Taking advantage of his world class grappling, Abreu took things to the ground, but Timo showed his defense was on point. It was during the second frame that Klidson’s straight punched took their toll on “Teddy” as he shot in for a takedown, was reversed and submitted with ease by Brave’s first ever Light Heavyweight champion.
Harris completes fairy-tale story against a game Booth
Fight week started calmly for Carlston Harris, who was initially scheduled to take on Rodrigo Cavalheiro in a main card bout. However, upon hearing that Mohammad Fakhreddine was ill and out of his title fight with Carl Booth, “Moçambique” jumped at the chance of fighting for the inaugural Welterweight belt. A little more than 24 hours after accepting to face Booth, Harris put on a wrestling clinic to outlast the Englishman.
Knowing that “Bomber” had heavy hands, Carlston invested in his wrestling and Luta Livre game and they paid dividends as his cardio and superior clinch made the difference. Booth had his moments, mainly in the striking department. A very talented kickboxer, the Englishman dazed Harris a couple of time with straight punches, but had no answer to the powerful striking of the new champion, who completed a true fairytale story after 25 minuted of a grueling match.
In the event’s main card, Luan “Miau” Santiago, Brazilian MMA’s Fighter of The Year, improved his Brave Combat Federation record to 2-0, with a first-round knockout of Igor Soares. The Lightweight prospect, however, had to show his immense heart to overcome two knockdowns by newcomer Soares, who fought at three days notice.
Christiano Frohlich and Edilberto Crocotá settled their differences inside the cage, and “Urso” came out victorious, albeit in controversial fashion. They started things off in a wild bout, as Edilberto shot in immediately for a takedown, but was unable to force his way through Frohlich. Then, after he was dazed with a punch, his mouthpiece fell off, and he waved to the referee Osiris Maia, who saw that as a signal that Crocotá was giving up. Frohlich was awarded the TKO victory. Elsewhere, there were wins for Brave veterans Marcel Adur and Jeremy Pacatiw, who knocked out Rodrigo Melonio and Thiago Dela Coleta, respectively.
Brave Combat Federation 8: The Rise of Champions full results:
Light Heavyweight: Klidson de Abreu def. Timo Feucht by submission in the second round
Welterweight: Carlston Harris def. Carl Booth by unanimous decision
Lightweight: Luan Santiago def. Igor Soares by TKO in the first round
Middleweight: Christiano Frohlich def. Edilberto Crocotá by TKO in the first round
Welterweight: Killys Mota def. Alan Moziel by unanimous decision
Light Heavyweight: Johnny Walker def. Rodrigo Santos by TKO in the first round
Bantamweight: Jeremy Pacatiw def. Thiago Dela Coleta by TKO in the second round
Flyweight: Marcel Adur def. Rodrigo Melonio by TKO (Doctor stoppage) in the second round
Welterweight: Eduardo Ramon def. Rogério Santos by submission (armbar) in the second round
Bantamweight: Shyudi Yamauchi def. Werlleson Martins by technical submission in the second round
Welterweight: Luciano Contini def. Diego Gasparetto by unanimous decision
Amateur bout: Matheus Correia def. Alison Martins by unanimous decision