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Brave CF 51: Time for the Future

Back in April, we had a wonderful night of fighting back in Bahrain. This Friday, it’s over to Belarus for Brave CF 51. There are 12 bouts in store, with some of the best competitors on the roster competing. Lucas Martins faces Mohamed Grabinski in an electric main event. In this article, we’re going to look at what else Brave CF 51 has to offer.

Brave CF 51: 11-Fight Preview

Co-Main Event: Denis Maher (7-0) vs Rinat Sagyntay (9-0)

Two terrifying prospects put their undefeated records on their line at the Falcon Club, in Minsk, Belarus. Denis Maher is one of Belarus’ hidden talents with six finishes in his seven fights. Rinat Sagyntay is one of the best martial artists Kazakhstan has to offer. A ridiculous five wins by TKO/KO and four submissions, with competitors struggling with the wrath of Sagyntay.

Maher’s been winning gold since an amateur after he won the WMMAA European Championship in 2018. In his previous bout, he became the Belarusian Middleweight Champion in May 2020. With four submissions to his name, Maher is looking to put on a show and raise a storm on the super welterweight division.

Sagyntay will have to rise to the occasion after he was given the opportunity to face Maher by replacing Fernando Gonzalez. “Kaiser” is known as an Asian grappling champion and will look to showcase his talents under the lights at Brave CF 51.

Ylies Djiroun (18-6) vs Sam Patterson (6-1-1)

Two of the most exciting fighters in the lightweight division look to make a statement at Brave CF 51, with Ylies Djiroun and Sam Patterson gunning to add to their impressive finishing records. Sambo Black Belt star Djiroun will be testing his submissions skills against a taller competitor. Patterson’s well round skillset will be meeting it’s match with a serious fighter like Djiroun.

The Frenchman didn’t lose a fight for over five years from 2014 to 2019, when he was eventually handed his 5th and 6th career loss in PFL 2019. He was dominant in his Brave CF debut against Abdul-Rakhman Makhazhiev winning via unanimous decision.

“The Future” is coming off two of the biggest wins of his professional career, finishing Cian Cowley and Felipe Silva in his two previous bouts in Brave. The Englishman’s only defeat came in his second professional fight at Brave CF 9, he was finished via TKO/KO against Hardeep Rai. Patterson will look to come out of the blocks and finish Djiroun as early as possible to boost his stoppage record with a seventh career finish.

Vadim Kutsyi (15-1) vs Daniyar Abdibaev (8-2)

Vadim Kutsyi will face his home crowd in his promotional debut, when he faces a fellow grappler in Daniyar Abdibaev. Both fighters make their debut in the organisation and look to be the new hottest competitors in this stacked super welterweight division.

Kutsyi was a Belarusian Amateur MMA Champion in 2014, before diving into his professional career the following month. He was undefeated for two years before being defeated to Abukar Yandiev in his eighth professional bout. He’s currently on an eight-fight win-streak with four submissions and seven TKO/KO’s on his record.

Abdibaev displayed his skills on a national scale as an amateur, looking like one of the best MMA talents to come out of his home country of Kyrgyzstan. He has six finishes to his name, with these two looking like they’ll be heading into a messy scrap. The Brave CF scouting department have spotted two gems here, with plenty of unpredictability in this matchup.

Roman Bogatov (11-1) vs Abdulmutalip Gairbekov (15-2-1)

Two of Russia’s deadliest fighters come head to head on the big stage at Brave CF 51. Russia’s number one ranked featherweight Roman Bogatov makes his second appearance in the promotion after a domination over Nurzhan Akishev in his promotional debut in January 2021. His opponent Abdulmutalip Gairbekov is a huge challenge for Bogatov, who has a 13-fight undefeated streak since 2012.

Bogatov was an M-1 Global Lightweight Champion before making the move to the big stage and facing Leonardo Santos at UFC 251. After three rounds Santos was victorious via unanimous decision and Bogatov made a wise career move to Brave CF.

Gairbekov will try and match his opponent with his impressive submission skills. He’s one of the biggest prospects to come out of Dagestani MMA, and his 12 decision victories show, he can compete strong for three rounds. Both fighters need to prove their worth for a shot at the vacant featherweight title.

Muhammad Mokaev (4-0) vs Ibragim Navruzov (5-1-1)

One of the biggest young stars in MMA Muhammed “The Punisher” Mokaev takes centre stage once more, as he looks for his fourth win in the promotion at 20 years of age. He faces a tough opponent in Ibragim Navruzov, who represents Georgia in his promotional debut at Brave CF 51.

Mokaev is on a 28-fight win-streak which includes his impeccable undefeated amateur record of 23 wins and zero losses. The two-time IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) champion had his first amateur fight in 2015. His most impressive victory came over Abdul Hussein via unanimous decision at Brave CF 49.

Navruzov hasn’t competed since October 2019, which is a long time compared to Mokaev, who fought back in March. The Georgian will be making his promotional debut after impressing across the continent with only one loss on his record. This was against new Brave CF competitor Francesco Nuzzi.

Vladislav Novitskiy (9-3) vs Yanis Ghemmouri (9-1)

Vladislav Novitskiy and Yanis Ghemmouri look to take the bantamweight division by storm, with the pair making their promotional debuts at Brave CF 51. Novitskiy competes in front of his home crowd, whilst Ghemmouri joins the numerous number of French starlets on the Brave CF roster.

Novitskiy is on an impressive five-fight win streak and he doesn’t like to mess around with a 100% finishing record. Seven TKO/KO’s and two submissions for the Belarusian. Ghemmouri also boasts a current six-fight win-streak. The most impressive win of his career came over the current Brave CF lightweight champion Amin Ayoub.

Badmatsyren Dorzhiev (5-0) vs Almanbet Abdyvasy Uulu (9-4)

Two fiery flyweights who hold extreme knockout power are looking to showcase their talents at Brave CF 51. Badmatsyren Dorzhiev puts his undefeated record on the line, whilst Almanbet Abdyvasy Uulu won his only fight in Brave CF via split decision in 2019.

Dorzhiev has drawn some serious attention with his powerful striking shown from a flyweight. He’s been a Belarusian Flyweight Champion previously, as he heads into the biggest fight of his career in his promotional debut. Uulu has only competed once since his Brave CF appearance, where he was handed a defeat due to the referee stopping the fight, only in February. Dorzhiev has been a national freestyle wrestling champion, whilst Uulu has been a national boxing and kickboxing champion in Kyrgyzstan.

Aydemir Kazbekov (7-0) vs Abdul Karim Badakhshi (5-0)

Wow, this card is stacked with talent and here we have two more undefeated fighters making their promotional debut at Brave CF 51. Aydemir Kazbekov possesses powerful hands and silky submission skills showing he’s an all rounded fighter. Abdul Karim Badakhshi is a heavy hitter himself, finishing people for fun on the Afghan MMA scene.

Both fighters have been given the opportunity to prove they can do it in the big time. The former Belarusian Bantamweight Champion Kazbekov has five wins via TKO/KO. Badakhshi has three wins via TKO/KO also. Don’t expect this one to go the distance.

Anastasia Feofanova (7-1) vs Sevde Turk (4-0)

The only two women to feature on Brave CF 51 is Russia’s Anastasia Feofanova against Turkey’s Sevde Turk, who both make their promotional debuts. Feofanova has the build of a featherweight fighter, even though she’s competing in the strawweight division. Turk is known as one of the best next thing’s in sports coming out of her home country of Turkey.

Feofanova has been a Russian amateur boxing and kickboxing champion before making the step into MMA. She was defeated in her second professional bout, but since then she’s on six-fight win-streak, with five finishes on her record. Turk is known to have a vicious style, as she hunts down her enemies and finds the submission in the process.

Vadim Rolich (2-1) vs Solekh Khasanov (13-7)

Belarus’ very own Vadim Rolich makes his promotional debut against the experienced Solekh Khasanov, who competes at Brave CF 51 for the first time in his 21st professional fight.

Rolich is a Wushu Sanda European Champion and World Silver Medallist, something he’s looking to bring into his game. Khasanov will have the whole of Tajikistan supporting him on Friday, as he looks to add to his six-fight win streak. A staggering finish from Rolich went viral last year after he performed a back-fist whilst being in a leg-lock to knock his opponent out, in what was his first pro victory.

Artem Lukyanov (4-0) vs Bakhtovar Yunusov (4-0)

The latest added bout to fight week see’s two undefeated prospects Artem Lukyanov and Bakhtover Yunusov face off to find their fifth win in their professional careers. They both started professionally in 2020, and already have four victories, with three finishes to their name.

There we have it, it’s going to be a night you don’t want to miss, with some of the biggest talents Brave CF has ever had to offer. With all the fights previewed, which fight on Brave CF 51 are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below.

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