BRAVE CF 60 is in the books and the event had plenty of action on offer. With sixteen competitors putting their talents, hearts, and bodies on the line in what turned out to be yet another fantastic night of mixed martial arts at the event nicknamed "The Battle of Brazil," BRAVE CF 60 had fans from all over the world and those in attendance on the edge of their seats.
Lucas Martins takes home the main event
The event, which featured eleven Brazilian fighters, came to a successful conclusion when Lucas Martins (21-6), a native of Brazil and a BRAVE CF debutant, knocked out Henrique Marques (8-2) in the opening minute of their Lightweight match.
Both athletes were establishing range and getting a feel for one another within the first sixty seconds of the bout when Marques decided to take the riskier tack and unleash two high kicks that knocked him to the ground in the BRAVE CF cage.
He launched a right hook on his third effort to engage Martins, who instantly countered with a brutal left hook that dropped Marques. Martins then compelled the referee to call time after directing a barrage of blows at his downed opponent.
There were four minutes left in the first round when the battle was over. It was a significant moment for the man known as "Mineiro" given the difficult route he had just travelled, which included three straight defeats and numerous battle cancellations.
The fired-up former BRAVE CF Lightweight champion quickly made his plans known as he approached Mohammed Shahid, the president of the organisation, and vowed to destroy the Lightweight class before challenging for the title.
Co-Main event of BRAVE CF 60 lives up to the hype
The co-main event lived up to the expectations as Luan Santiago from Brazil and Mihail Cotruta of Moldova put on an amazing performance. Santiago sought cover as he circled the cage in an effort to recuperate after being rocked on the feet by Cotruta following some range and distance management in the early exchanges of round one.
Cotruta's killing instinct took over as he once more dropped Santiago, but the Moldovan kept his composure as he skillfully transitioned to catch Santiago in a head and arm triangle in the opening round, forcing Santiago to submit.
The outcome nearly qualifies Cotruta for a championship and a matchup with Eldar Eldarov, the BRAVE CF Super Lightweight champion.
Battle of the Flyweight Giants
Asu Almabaev (16-2) of Kazakhstan showed that the buzz surrounding the "Battle of the Flyweight Giants" is true when he defeated Zach Makovsky (21-11) of the United States in a split decision (29-28 Makovsky, 29-28 Almabaev, 29-28 Almabaev).
As a result, Velimurad Alkhasov of Russia and Ali Bagautinov will compete for the Flyweight Championship, while Almabaev will move up to the top contender position. With electrifying matches for BRAVE NATION that featured two finishes and two outstanding fights that went the distance, the early fights went above and beyond their significance as the prelude to the main event.
Brazil's Luiz Cado (15-7-1) beat fellow countryman Luis Felipe Dias (14-5) through TKO as a result of strikes in the third round, giving the Super Welterweight category a treat of a display. After defeating American Sean Santella (23-9-2, 1 NC) in a unanimous decision, Brazil's Edilceu Alves (14-2) also made an intriguing callout (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). He requested a shot at USA's Jose Torres, the BRAVE CF Bantamweight champion, during the post-fight ceremony (10-1-1). You can see the complete results from BRAVE CF 60 below.
In preparation for hosting BRAVE CF 61 on Saturday, August 6th, in cooperation with the National Fighting Championship (NFC), the top German mixed martial arts promotion, BRAVE NATION travels to Bonn, Germany this coming week.