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Fights You Don’t Want to Miss on Brave CF 50

The fourth event in four weeks takes place on the 1st of April with Brave CF 50 hosting two title fights on their special occasion, celebrating 50 events. Brave CF 50 will be available live and free worldwide on bravecftv.com, starting at 14:30 (GMT).

We have a fantastic 17 fights in store, and in this article, you’ll understand that you can’t miss out on these fights.

Brave CF 50 Main Event: (C) Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi vs Ismail Naurdiev

What an exciting match-up we have in the main event at Brave CF 50 with Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi looking to defend his super welterweight title once more against former UFC welterweight Ismail Naurdiev.

Jarrah “Jordanian Lion” Hussein Al-Silawi (15-3) is looking to defend his super welterweight title for the first time since winning it back from Abdoul Abdouraguimov in their rematch in 2019.

Al-Silawi joined Brave CF in 2016 for their second-ever event. From then he became a force in the division, finishing Erik Carlsson with a kimura on his debut. After a five-fight win-streak in the super welterweight division, Al-Silawi deserved a title-shot.

A first-round knockout over Carlston Harris and Al-Silawi achieved his dream of becoming champion. His toughest test was to come against Abdouraguimov at Brave CF 27.

After a big start for Abdouraguimov, he looked to take down Al-Silawi and keep him on the ground. The fight started to lean the Frenchman’s way, but Al-Silawi came in with some big strikes and improved his ground-game. In a close contest, the judges awarded a split decision victory to Abdouraguimov, with Al-Silawi losing his title in his first time defending it.

Ismail “The Austrian Wonderboy” Naurdiev (20-4) will be making his debut in the promotion at Brave CF 50. The Austrian is a versatile fighter with 11 KO’s, five submissions and four decisions. In his 20 wins, Naurdiev has come away with 13 first-round finishes.

Naurdiev went on an unreal 11-fight win-streak from September 2014 to September 2017, before a unanimous decision loss to Ismael de Jesus in ACB. He had a brief stint in the UFC, winning two fights and losing two. His last fight in the promotion was a unanimous decision loss to Sean Brady at UFC Fight Night Norfolk.

A rematch was in store, and redemption came. After another close fight, Abdouraguimov couldn’t continue after the third round, due to some hurtful strikes from Al-Silawi at the end of the third round. Al-Silawi was champion again and now defends his title against Naurdiev for the first time in a year-and-a-half.

With both fighters being so versatile, it’s a guessing game the way both of these fighters are going to approach it. But, someone is going to come home super welterweight champion at Brave CF 50.

Brave CF 50 Co-Main Event: (C) Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Mohamed Said Maalem

A brilliant fight in store for the light heavyweight championship at Brave CF 50, with Mohammad Fakhreddine defending his title for the first time against Mohamed Said Maalem.

Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine (14-4) has been with Brave CF since March 2017, winning his first bout against Vinicius Cruz to up his record to 9-1. He hit a slight rough patch in 2018, being knocked out in his two fights. He bounced back with two knockout victories.

At Brave CF 29, he fought twice in one night. He knocked out Kleber Silva, then going went on to face Azamat Murzakanov in the open weight championship. Fakhreddine was knocked out due to an uppercut in the first round.

10 months later, he was competing for the light heavyweight championship. In the fourth round, Fakhreddine knocked out Daniel Pereira with heavy punches to become champion.

Mohamed “L’Ambiance” Said Maalem (11-3) is looking for his first-ever title after two victories in his first two bouts in the promotion.

The Algerian will be looking to hit the champion hard as he will look to get the fight done as quick as possible on the feet. After a four-fight win streak outside the promotion, Said Maalem joined Brave CF in December 2019.

He fought Todd Stoute on his debut, putting in a strong performance to win on a unanimous decision. In his second bout, five months later, he put on a show. He knocked out Zvonimir Kralj with ruthless strikes inside the first round to earn himself a title-shot at Brave CF 50.

Brave CF 50 Flyweight Quarter-Final: Ali Bagautinov vs Dustin Ortiz

Ali “Puncher” Bagautinov (19-7) is stepping down to flyweight after competing in a catchweight bout of 148lbs in his last fight against Oleg Lichkovakha in his only bout in the promotion so far.

Bagautinov has competed in Fight Nights Global for the majority of his career. He became the flyweight champion in 2012 with a 27 second knockout over Andreas Bernhard.

He was signed up by the UFC in 2013 to face Marcos Vinicius. A third-round knockout from Bagautinov showed he wasn’t there to mess around. Two fantastic wins over Tim Elliott and John Lineker earned Bagautinov a chance at the title against flyweight GOAT Demetrious Johnson. A quality fight for our viewing, but a dominant 50-45 victory was awarded to Johnson.

The Russian chose not to renew his UFC contract in 2016, after losing two more bouts, he returned to Fight Nights Global until he fought Lichkovakha in January 2021 at Brave CF 46.

Dustin Ortiz (19-8) is another fighter who’s spent time in the UFC. With no fight to his name since January 2019 in a decision loss against Joseph Benavidez.

The American signed for the UFC in 2013 and knocked out his first opponent José Maria Tomé. After being submitted to Brandon Moreno in 2017, Ortiz’s record went to 5-5 in the promotion.

He went on a final run beating the likes of Hector Sandoval, Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau before a rematch with Benavidez after losing on a unanimous decision the first time. Again, he lost on a unanimous decision, in which he left the promotion at the end of his contract.

Ortiz returns to MMA after 27 months out of the game to face Bagautinov in the quarter-final of the flyweight tournament at Brave CF 50. The winner of this one will go on to face Jose Torres in the semi-final.

Brave CF 50 Flyweight Semi-Final: Velimurad Alkhasov vs Zach Makovsky

Velimurad Alkhasov (7-1) looks to get revenge on his opponent and progress through to the tournament’s final after losing to Zach Makovsky last year on a split decision.

The Russian was unbeaten in his first six bouts before losing the close contest with Makovsky. Alkhasov came back with a unanimous decision win over Flavio de Queiroz at Brave CF 42 in the quarter-final.

Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (21-9) has a wonderful career exploring promotions in mixed martial arts. He joined Bellator in June 2010, where he was on a brilliant six-fight win-streak before losing to Eduardo Dantas in April 2012.

Makovsky was signed by the UFC in December 2013 and was victorious on his debut against Scott Jorgensen. After beating Elliott at UFC Fight Night 60, he went on a torrid run, losing to some of the best in the division like John Dodson, Benavidez and Ortiz.

The American joined ACB for two fights, before competing in his first matchup in Brave against Alkhasov. An extremely close affair with Makovsky, where he preferably won the fight on a split decision because his ground-game was better.

Makovsky progressed through to the semi-final due to his quarter-final opponent Abdul Hussein withdrawing due to sickness during the weight cut.

Brave CF 50 Bantamweight Bout: Brad Katona vs Borislav Nikolic

The Ultimate Fighter 27 champion Brad “Superman” Katona (8-2) returns to MMA to fight at Brave CF 50 after a 19-month lay-off since leaving the UFC. The Canadian beat Kyler Phillips and even choked out Bryce Mitchell in The Ultimate Fighter, to go on to beat Jay Cucciniello on a unanimous decision to win it.

He made his record 8-0 after defeating Matthew Lopez at UFC 231. After losing to Merab Dvalishvili and Hunter Azure, Katona was released from the promotion.

Borislav Nikolic (8-0) puts his undefeated record on the line when he comes up against Katona in the bantamweight division.

It’s his first fight in the promotion and he’ll also want to keep his 100% finishing record, after submitting six and knocking out two of his opponents.

Here we’re going to see a fantastic matchup on the ground, and it’s impossible to say who’s going to come out on top.

Which fight are you most looking forward to on Brave CF 50? Let us know in the comments below.

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