Nantes, France - As the BRAVE CF Bantamweight division continues to evolve, two promising contenders are set to collide this week at BRAVE CF 74 in Nantes, France. In a bout that could have significant implications for the title picture, undefeated fighters Ali Guliev and Borislav Nikolic will face off, adding to the growing excitement surrounding the competitive 135-pound division.
The division's competitive nature was recently highlighted when Jose Torres claimed the BRAVE CF Bantamweight title. A post on the organization's social media, asking "Who's next?" quickly went viral, with fans passionately voicing their opinions on the next challenger. Nkosi Ndebele, who narrowly lost a split decision to Torres at BRAVE CF 73, garnered significant support for a rematch. This discussion underscores the division's depth, considering that earlier this year, Brad Katona was the champion, and Torres had just moved up from Flyweight.
In the midst of this dynamic landscape, Ali Guliev and Borislav Nikolic are set to face each other. Although both fighters have followed different paths in their BRAVE CF journeys, a standout performance in this matchup could propel them into contention and earn them the attention of the champion, Torres.
Ali Guliev, hailing from Azerbaijan, is an emerging talent with a perfect professional record of seven wins in seven fights. Guliev, known as "The Black Wolf," will make his Bantamweight debut after securing two knockout victories in Catchweight and Featherweight bouts. He eagerly anticipates his 135-pound debut and is motivated to face a strong opponent in Nikolic, with hopes of positioning himself for a title shot.
Borislav Nikolic, on the other hand, has encountered a challenging path since joining BRAVE Combat Federation. Facing formidable opponents like former champion Brad Katona and Gamzat Magomedov, Nikolic is determined to make amends and climb the ranks. He secured a victory against Matiss Zaharovs and aims to rectify his past performances before setting his sights on the title. Nikolic expressed his desire for a rematch with Gamzat Magomedov and hopes to challenge Jose Torres for the title in the future.
BRAVE CF 74 is scheduled to take place at the H Arena in Nantes, France, in partnership with Hexagone MMA. This event will mark a historic occasion, as France becomes the 29th nation to host a BRAVE CF show, solidifying the organization's position as a global MMA powerhouse.