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BRAVE CF 68: Main event could feature grappling masterclass or standup war

LockerRoom Team
16 December 2022

Hardcore fans are paying attention to the main event of BRAVE CF 68 because Joilton Lutterbach and Mihail Cotruta both have complete fighting philosophies that could result in a stand-up battle or a grappling masterclass when they square off for the interim Super Lightweight world championship on Saturday, December 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Two powerful powers in the world of combat sports will clash in this multifaceted conflict, with reputation and legacy on the line.

Additionally, the long-running conflict between Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Combat Sambo resurfaces. Combat Sambo has recently established its dominance over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in MMA, defeating multiple BJJ competitors.

Fans of BRAVE Nation may be sure that Lutterbach, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Cotruta, a bronze medallist in the World Combat Sambo competition and a Master of Sports in Combat Sambo, won't want to discredit their individual backgrounds in grappling and wrestling.

It would be intriguing to see whether Cotruta can cover and submit the extensive weaponry of his Brazilian opponent, who has 13 submissions on record, given that Lutterbach is also a black belt in Judo and Luta-livre.

With both competitors equally capable on the ground and in the air, the stand-up component of this fight adds even more excitement. Lutterbach, the top-ranked Super Lightweight on BRAVE CF, has won two K-1 championships and six MMA championships across multiple divisions. In his career, he has racked up 26 knockouts. And at BRAVE CF 61 in August, he defeated Marcel Grabinski, the previous top-ranked Super Lightweight, to display his striking prowess in his BRAVE CF debut.

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Lutterbach is such a student of the game that he is honing his skill set in various disciplines while he is not in the MMA cage. Since making his BRAVE CF debut, he has competed in Muay Thai and Kickboxing matches, winning two of them against opponents from Slovakia and the Netherlands, Mark Trijsburg and Sebastian Fapso, respectively.

Even though Cotruta is best renowned for his accomplishments in Combat Sambo, this isn't a sufficient measure of the warrior he is. In his 14 professional MMA victories, he has nine knockouts and is a heavy-handed striker. The hands are in charge even when the second-ranked BRAVE CF Super Lightweight defeats his opponents via submission, exactly as it was at BRAVE CF 60.

He demonstrated once again how dangerous he is as a complete fighter by nearly knocking out former Lightweight champion Luan Santiago, one of the best strikers in BRAVE CF history, before locking in an arm triangle for the submission victory.

Before drafting his strategy to neutralise you, whether it be with his stand-up or ground game, Cotruta has the capacity to analyse your advantages and disadvantages. He dislikes working extra, thus his level of adjustment and transition are something to be praised.

So the issue is still open: Will this fight, in which these competitors compete for a chance to face undisputed 165-pound champion Eldar Eldarov, be a stand-up duel or a gladiatorial grappling masterclass?

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Everything will be revealed when BRAVE CF 68 takes off in Dusseldorf on December 17 for the last event on the BRAVE CF calendar for 2022. Following the enormous success of BRAVE CF 61 and NFC 10, which took place in Bonn, comes BRAVE CF 68. Go to for additional details about BRAVE CF 68.


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