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BRAVE CF 63: The Dynamics of Brad Katona vs. Gamzat Magomedov

LockerRoom Team
14 October 2022

Brad Katona, the bantamweight champion of the BRAVE Combat Federation, is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent mixed martial artists in the world. An athlete with a very high fight IQ, which is obvious from his cool, collected manner inside the cage.

The SBG Ireland representative is a true problem-solver who approaches his fighting career mathematically. He has had great success and currently holds the title of BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight champion, leading a group of killers that includes fighters like Hamza Kooheji, Kasum Kasumov, Jose Torres, and Alexander Keshtov.

In the co-main event of BRAVE CF 63 on October 19, as "Superman" attempts to defend his world title against Gamzat Magomedov for the first time, he confronts one of these killers.

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Katona's fighting style is evidence of his predatory and analytical mindset, as 91 per cent of his victories are obtained by submission or through lengthy, dominant decisions.

When facing the dangerous Bahraini star Hamza Kooheji at BRAVE CF 57, Katona—who competes under the guidance of coach John Kavanagh, a well-known figure in the world of mixed martial arts—depicted that numbers-game best. The fight resulted in a split-decision victory for Katona.

When Katona defends his first world title against Gamzat Magomedov, the top contender at bantamweight in the world, at Kombat Kingdom's BRAVE CF 63 event this month, his background will be even more put to the test.

He steadily wears down his opponents, causing them to wilt and yield to his will with the help of his grip strength and clinch technique, which are works of art. In his eight professional fights, Magomedov has only ever suffered one defeat—a disqualification loss to JP Buys in a match he otherwise dominated.

Magomedov, who hails from the renowned KHK Team Bahrain systems, is far from a one-dimensional fighter who can only grit out grappling-based victories on the spur of the moment. He has developed into a skilled mixed martial artist with the striking ability and submission techniques.

The development of his stand-up performance in particular has given supporters, even more, to cheer about. At BRAVE CF 52, Magomedov stunned the world by KO-ing the previously unbeaten Austrian Mochamed Machaev in the first round. Gamzat received a nomination for 2021 BRAVE CF "Breakout Fighter of The Year" for to his outstanding performance.

Magomedov will have added motivation going into this important matchup with the champion because he wants to exact revenge on his friend and training partner Hamza Kooheji, who lost to Katona at the same location.

When the cage door closes, Gamzat transforms from what initially appears to be a calm and discrete person into a determined fighter who takes an almost reckless approach to try to defeat his opponent. Brad's prior relationship with the KHK Team and the fact that a world title is at stake in the Katona battle could make Magomedov even more emotional.

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The attractiveness of BRAVE CF 63, where Katona and Magomedov will duel and "compare," is increased by all of these facts. Before leaving the Khalifa Sports City Arena with a multiplication of pleasure around their waist, BRAVE Nation will soon learn who subtracts from who and which athlete passes this MMA exam with flying colours!


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