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BRAVE CF 69 Fight Card: 12 Nations represented at the event

LockerRoom Team
10 February 2023

The fight card for BRAVE CF 69, which will take place on February 18, has been finalised, sealed, and delivered, thus European MMA fans have every reason to be thrilled. When BRAVE Combat Federation visits Serbia again in December 2021 following BRAVE CF 56, nine thrilling matches are in store for the Stark Arena in Belgrade.

The biggest combat sports festival in European history, BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week, will feature fighters from Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Bahrain, Poland, Croatia, France, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. The event will be headlined by BRAVE CF 69.

Abdisalam Kubanychbek of Kyrgyzstan, the interim lightweight champion of BRAVE CF, will face Kamil Magomedov of Russia in the main event for the chance to unify the 155-pound world championship. This situation developed after Ahmed Amir, a former lineal champion, had his title removed because of doubts about his ability to compete again.

The mouthwatering Heavyweight fight between Serbia's Darko Stosic and Bahrain's Shamil Gaziev serves as the co-main event. Gaziev, a former amateur champion in Europe, Asia, and Africa, is looking to improve to 2-0 in BRAVE Combat Federation after a good start at BRAVE CF 65.

He is unbeaten since going professional. After competing in several well-known promotions, Stosic makes his promotional debut and will enter the BRAVE CF cage with a lot of anticipation surrounding him. Darko's first match on home turf since 2017 will take place there.

Another treat awaits Serbian fans in the third and last fight of the evening, which features a 90-kilogram catchweight match between local hero Aleksandar "Joker" Ili and Poland's Marcin Naruszczka. When the bout between "Joker" and Brazil's Cleber "Clebinho" Sousa was cancelled, Naruszczka was given the chance to step in and shock the world and achieve the biggest victory of his career - in front of a crowd that hadn't seen its hero fight live since 2018.

It will be the first time that the BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week is held somewhere other than the Kingdom of Bahrain. When the IMMAF World Championships take place in the capital, the event will welcome athletes from more than 60 different countries. On November 11, the action will begin as more than 500 athletes are anticipated to compete in what will be known as the largest edition of the top amateur MMA competition and the biggest MMA event to ever take place in Europe.

Together with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and the Serbian Mixed Martial Arts Federation, BRAVE Combat Federation is hosting this fantastic combat sports event (SMMAF). A first for mixed martial arts in Europe has been the assistance provided by the Serbian government.

During a recent news conference, Mr. Zoran Gaji, the Serbian Minister of Sports, formally acknowledged mixed martial arts as a sport and declared its inclusion in Serbia's sports development initiative. This gave both European and Serbian MMA a significant boost. According to Mohammed Shahid, president of BRAVE CF, additional European nations are likely to follow that lead, which will result in the private sector entering MMA.

BRAVE CF 69 Fight Card:

  • Lightweight world championship: Abdisalam Kubanychbek (IC) vs Kamil Magomedov
  • Heavyweight: Darko Stosic vs Shamil Gaziev
  • Catchweight 90kg: Aleksandar Ilic vs Marcin Naruzszcka
  • Super Lightweight: Aleksandar Terzic vs Patrik Celic
  • Featherweight: Yannis Ghemmouri vs Ali Guliyev
  • Super Lightweight: Issa Isakov vs Ruslan Tedeev
  • Super Lightweight: Mahmoud Sebie vs Tahmaz Alizada
  • Catchweight 77kg: Jovan Marjanovic vs Anthony Zeidan
  • Featherweight: Abdullah Al-Qahtani vs Denis Jurakic

What are your picks? Let us know in the comments below.

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