BRAVE Combat Federation’s fourth and final consecutive show in Sweden was packed with thrilling bouts and saw the rising of a new star, in the Featherweight contender Mochamed Machaev, who defeated Shoaib Yousaf in the main event of the evening for BRAVE CF 40.
Machaev used his superior wrestling skills to keep control of the fight. Despite being effective in some points while striking, Shoaib wasn’t a match for Machaev in the grappling department, which included a highlight-worthy suplex takedown at the end of the first round. Despite that, ''The Assassin'' tried to go for submissions, but Mochamed had the upper hand every time.
With another win under his belt, Mochamed Machaev extended his professional record to ten wins and no losses. The Austrian now gets close to a title shot for the vacant BRAVE CF Featherweight world title.
In the co-main event of the evening, Anton Turkalj and Ibo Aslan brought the intensity and hatred they portrayed during the official weigh-ins to the cage. Both men made sure to exhibit their dislike towards each other and went for it as soon as the bell rang.
Aslan started better and managed to hurt Turkalj, whose nose was bleeding profusely. He then gassed out and fell victim to Anton’s grappling skills. In the second round, the Swedish prospect took the opponent down and submitted him with a rear-naked choke.
After finishing the fight, instead of squashing the beef, as usually fighters do, Turkalj added fuel to the fire and left the choke cursing Ibo Aslan. The two had to be separated by the referee Dec Larkin.
Sweden’s David Jacobsson asked in his pre-fight statement for a stand-up fight. He actually begged his opponent to avoid grappling and “give the fans what they want”. Well, Corneliu Lascar granted his wish but it seems that not only the fans but Jacobsson himself wanted it more than anything. The Swedish striker knocked his Romanian counterpart in only 48 seconds, getting his second win at BRAVE CF in two weeks.
Husein Kadimagomaev left a great first impression at BRAVE CF with a dominant performance in his second-round win over Sven Fortenbacher. The undefeated Swiss remained with an unblemished record and now boasts a 7-0 pro record.
In the opening bout, Zvonimir Kralj took the control with vicious leg kicks and then followed it up with a brutal ground-and-pound sequence to knock Faith Aktas out and get his second consecutive finish victory under BRAVE CF’s banner.
BRAVE Combat Federation now heads back home, after seven consecutive events in Europe (six in the past six weeks), and will resume its activities in September, with BRAVE CF 41, the first of a series of three fight nights scheduled to take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
BRAVE CF 40 Full results: