On November 26, BRAVE CF 66 in Bali, Indonesia, will formally usher in the resurrection of Filipino mixed martial arts. Three athletes will try to take over the mantle left by former BRAVE CF Bantamweight champion Stephen Loman and return the country to its heyday.
Following his dominance in the 135-pound division, where he won and successfully defended the coveted BRAVE CF title four times, Loman was the Philippines' most successful BRAVE CF competitor. Fans of BRAVE CF all over the world appreciate the retired mixed martial artist and former BRAVE CF star Rolando Dy, although he hasn't had the same level of success as Loman.
But this month, the next generation of Filipino celebrities will try to revive the country's drive to once more become a dominant force in BRAVE CF and the world of mixed martial arts. As they herald in a new dawn in Bali, Indonesia this month, Ruel Panales, Kenneth "Smooth" Maningat, and veteran Jenel "The Demolition Man" Lausa seek to be successful.
As the co-main event of the evening, Maningat will make his BRAVE CF debut against Kazakhstan's Asu Almabaev, giving him a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become well-known worldwide. Maningat is unbeaten and currently enjoying a professional winning streak of six matches. His most recent victory came in August when he defeated his fellow countryman Mark Oliva via technical knockout in the first round.
Fighting under Dy's instruction at DyIncredible FFC, "Smooth" has two KO/TKO victories and two submission victories under his belt. He is a well-rounded athlete with a strong ground game and passable stand-up.
Another of Dy's trainees, the fascinating Panales, makes his BRAVE CF debut against Mohammad Farhad of India in the card's final preliminary match. The 25-year-old enters BRAVE CF undefeated and on a five-match winning streak.
His most recent contest, against Russian fighter Magomed Gadzhimuradov, was stopped by a medical professional early this year. With three KO/TKOs, two submissions, and a 100 percent finish rate, he seeks to dethrone the perilous Indian MMA star and establish himself as the new face of Filipino MMA.
Veteran MMA fighter Lausa, who is returning to BRAVE CF after more than a year, will be the first Filipino athlete to make the walk at BRAVE CF 66. Dansheel Moodley of South Africa will square off against Jenel Lausa in a flyweight fight. At BRAVE CF 47, Kyrgyzstan's Ryskulbek Ibraimov defeated Lausa by unanimous decision, ending Lausa's BRAVE CF debut.
With three decisions, two KO/TKOs, and two submission wins under his belt, "The Demolition Man" is one of the most well-rounded Flyweights. At BRAVE CF 66, Lausa, who has never been knocked out, will attempt to use his steel will to secure his first victory.
The world's fastest-growing MMA organisation makes its long-awaited return to Indonesia with BRAVE CF 66 on November 26. Go to www.bravecf.com for more details about BRAVE CF 66.