The first-ever German BRAVE CF event, BRAVE CF 61 was held in the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany, and was bound together by sportsmanship, brotherhood, and togetherness. BRAVE CF 61, which was held in conjunction with the top local promotion, NFC (National Fighting Championship), was a smashing triumph for German mixed martial arts thanks to the dedication of 20 national and international competitors.
Only three fights were called off early, showing the BRAVE CF and NFC competitors' commitment to give it their all. The remaining seven matches all concluded in tough unanimous decisions, with the fighters refusing to back down.
One of the early finishes occurred in the main event when German-Brazilian Joilten Lutterbach, who had previously defeated German Marcel Grabinski by technical knockout in the opening round, once again put the Super Lightweight class on notice.
Grabinski appeared sluggish as he approached Lutterbach, who launched a barrage of punches that were easily parried by him. Following those initial arguments, Grabinski cut himself badly above his right eye, which gave Lutterbach the signal to end the discussion. A devastating right and left punch floored Grabinski, ending his fight, and Lutterbach continued to blast his jabs through the latter's high guard. As Grabinski huddled up on the ground, Lutterbach rushed on him, restraining strikes until the referee stopped the fight.
Joilton then addressed Eldar Eldarov, the current 165-pound BRAVE CF champion, with a brief but impactful remark.
‘’Eldarov, I am coming for you!’’, screamed a euphoric Lutterbach.
The 69-kilogram Catchweight contestants Max Coga and Zafar Mohsen put their hands up for "Fight of the Night" after putting up an amazing three-round brawl. Chants of "Coga" resonated throughout the packed Maritim Main hotel hall, indicating that Coga was the obvious favourite. There was a similar scene in the popular film "The Kickboxer" where supporters of Kurt Sloane, played by Jean Claude van Damme, yelled "Nok Su Kao!" (The White Warrior).
The battle took place on the feet with a few takedown and submission attempts throughout, with Coga being the more active and athletic competitor.
It was a high-octane barn-burner. As he decisively won every bout, Coga gained a lot of popularity with the judges. With just under 50 seconds left in the bout, Mohsen almost fell asleep during the last round against the former NFC Featherweight champion.
After his original opponent, the current champion Mert zyildirim, withdrew due to injury, Coga solidified his supremacy with a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision victory and is still in line for another opportunity at the NFC Featherweight title.
Islam Dulatov of Germany and Kleverson Cruz of Brazil put on a thrilling Welterweight match that ended in the first round as the popular and rangy Dulatov stunned the Brazilian in their NFC match. Cruz put all of his effort into his fists, and Dulatov followed suit by heading directly into the fray rather than defending himself. Dulatov eventually knocked out the Brazilian, and the two athletes then exchanged magnificent post-fight hand gestures out of admiration.
Gamzat Magomedov of Bahrain won his fifth straight fight, extending his winning streak to five, and once again demonstrated why he is the bantamweight king of the division. After defeating Serbia's Borislav Nikolic by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), Magomedov begged the BRAVE CF leadership team to give him a shot at the BRAVE CF Bantamweight title.
Chad Hanekom of South Africa defeated Mateusz Janur of Poland by unanimous decision on the prelim card. Hanekom then made his case for a rematch for the vacant BRAVE CF Middleweight title by overcoming the difficulty of a last-minute opponent switch.
The first of three BRAVE CF events in Germany was BRAVE CF 61. Munich will host the group's subsequent event on October 8th, while Düsseldorf will host BRAVE CF on December 17th. To learn more, go to www.bravecf.com.
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