After a historic year that saw BRAVE Combat Federation hold multiple live events in Europe and Asia, the Bahrain-based global promotion will culminate with BRAVE CF 56.
The organization will make its first foray into Belgrade, Serbia, on December 18 to hold BRAVE CF 56 at the state-of-the-art Belexpocentar, and the main event is a pivotal lightweight encounter between Filipino superstar Rolando “The Incredible” Dy and hometown hero Slobodan Maksimovic.
Dy, the 30-year-old son of boxing legend and former WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Rolando Navarrete, has been a mixed martial artist since 2011 and is one of the most recognizable faces of combat sport in the Philippines.
With more than 20 professional bouts on his resume, Dy has the experience of a seasoned veteran and has seen it all inside the cage. Always a crowd-pleaser, “The Incredible” utilizes his dynamic boxing background with an impeccable takedown defense to outclass his opponents.
Dy will now get the chance to put on a show once more opposite Maksimovic. In the other corner, Maksimovic has been in MMA for more than a decade and has a wealth of fight experience under his belt. Ranked as the No. 5 lightweight in the Balkan Peninsula, Maksimovic possesses a beautiful combination of solid striking and grappling skills that have been a potent formula for success as he has amassed a stellar 17-6-1 overall record.
The last time we saw Dy was the main event of BRAVE 47. Abdysalam Kubanychbek showed up in his best form so far inside the BRAVE CF Arena and completely dominated Rolando Dy, securing his Lightweight title shot in the process. Omok was too much for Rolando to handle, winning every exchange taking place against a highly-decorated boxer. After two rounds of aggressiveness and dominance from the Kyrgyz side, the Filipino’s corner threw the towel before the beginning of the third round.
Moreover, the 32-year-old Serbian is riding high on a two-fight winning streak and has won seven of his last eight outings since 2016.
Dy, the 2020 BRAVE CF Fighter of the Year awardee, desperately needs an impressive performance to maintain his status in the stacked 155-pound weight class. Meanwhile, Maksimovic is eager to keep rolling and make a big first impression on the world stage.
In partnership with the MMA League of Serbia, BRAVE CF will be announcing more matches for its first trip to Belgrade in the coming days.
BRAVE CF 56 Fight Card
- Lightweight: Rolando Dy vs Slobodan Maksimovic
- Middleweight: Chad Hanekom vs Miro Jurkovic
- Light Heavyweight: Zvonimir Kralj vs Jakob Nedoh
- Catchweight (77kg): Nikolay Nikolov vs Milos Cvetkovic
- Bantamweight: Matiss Zaharovs vs Borislav Nikolic
*Order subject to change, more bouts to be added
As always, all BRAVE CF events are available live and free worldwide on the BRAVE CF TV website.
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