It goes without saying that MMA has been incredibly rewarding for many athletes around the world, and it continues to favour those that put in the effort and wow the audience. In all sports, money and celebrity are certainly very alluring, but for many martial artists, legacy and honour continue to be their primary motivations.
This is an opportunity for the 36-year-old Silva (15-3-0, 1 NC) to move over his previous lacklustre BRAVE CF Lightweight division run. The Predator experienced numerous fight cancellations and setbacks after earning the BRAVE CF 155-pound championship in 2019.
He was handed a second chance at the BRAVE CF Interim Lightweight crown two years after losing his title against France's Amin Ayoub in the latter half of 2020. The bout was eventually ruled a No Contest due to illegal strikes by Kubanychbek, although Silva was unable to regain the 155-pound title after being outclassed by the Kyrgyzstani fighter.
This weekend, the fighter from Belo Horizonte enters a new class with a clean slate, and it might be a "Second Coming" for the Brazilian, who has victories over the current undisputed Lightweight champion Ahmed Amir of Egypt, Marcelo Bustos of Argentina, and Luan Santiago of Brazil.
A decisive victory for Silva would not only be the ideal way to make his Super Lightweight debut, but it may also open the door for another attempt at a new crown.
The goal for Mafra (15-6) will be to reenter title discussions and establish his value to BRAVE CF NATION. The 33-year-old, who trains at Kings MMA in California, lost his debut at BRAVE CF 12, but went on to defeat Dutch fighter Djamil Chan by majority decision for his first and only victory in the BRAVE CF promotion.
After that, he was given the chance to compete against Eldar Eldarov, a Russian-born Super Lightweight champion. However, Mafra was stopped by the doctor in the first round, and it is no secret that this outcome is still fresh in the Brazilian's mind.
Should he defeat the incredibly talented Silva, the technical brawler—who studies under the renowned Rafael Cordeiro—has the chance to make a significant statement and establish his credentials as a contender for the 165-pound championship.
Both athletes will have the chance to extend their careers in one of the most prestigious mixed martial arts organisations on the planet at BRAVE CF 60, which will also provide them the chance to go on another run at a life-altering title.
This Saturday, July 30th, the promotion's headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain will host BRAVE CF 60. To learn more, go to www.bravecf.com.