At Brave CF 69 Shamil Gaziev gets an opportunity to score the biggest win of his fighting career as he takes on Darko Stosic. The event is on February 18th at Stark Arena in Belgrad, Serbia.
Shamil Gaziev vs. Darko Stosic
The Bahrain fighter is unbeaten in his professional MMA career as he sports a 9 – 0 record. This reflects his accolades from the amateur circuit. Gaziev stacked a 9 – 2 record there, winning the European, African, and Asian IMMAF championships in the process. He’s also an IMMAF World Championship bronze medalist.
The Russian MMA scene veteran and Ares FC alumni made his BRAVE CF debut back in October when he punched out Pavel Dailidko.
Stosic harnessed his skills on the European MMA competition circuit before being signed by UFC. He made a successful debut in the octagon by defeating Jeremy Kimball but lost the next three fights. After his release, he found a new home in Polish promotion, KSW. There his fortune changed as Stosic won three consecutive bouts. As a result, he got himself a shot at KSW heavyweight title. However, he was stopped by the reigning champion, Phil De Fries. He bounced back from that loss, but KSW has decided to let him go. Now Stosic has his sights set on Brave CF.
There’s no denying that Shamil Gaziev is a finisher. He has six KO/TKO finishes to prove that. The Bahrain fighter managed to stop four different opponents in the very first rounds. So it comes as no surprise that he will be looking to add another quick knockout to his resume.
Stosic is a more experienced fighter, who fought on much bigger stages around the world. However, unlike his opponent, he has tasted defeat on various occasions. However, he was beaten only by top-tier fighters such as Jiri Prochazka, Jamahal Hill, or De Fries. Back in the day he also was riding a nine-fight winning streak. He has 11 TKO/KO finishes to his name, so he also has a tendency to end fights in a quick fashion.
This promises to be an explosive affair, which should be decided inside within two first outings. Stosic may be the more experienced fighter, but Gaziev’s victory shouldn’t come as a surprise.