Abdisalam Kubanychbek, the interim champion, will face Kamil Magomedov in the BRAVE CF 69 main event, which promises to be an epic battle between two of the best Lightweights in the world. The largest combat sports festival in European history, BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week, which takes place in Belgrade on February 18, is headlined by BRAVE CF 69.
Since joining BRAVE CF, Kubanychbek has built a nasty reputation by winning five of his six fights (the other being a No Contest in which he was dominant) and destroying his opponents with vicious stamina and ground-and-pound. He is regarded as the most feared player on the team, pound for pound, both his contemporaries and BRAVE CF supporters.
However, Kamil Magomedov himself is the one person who isn't believing the hoopla. The top contender feels he has what it takes to defeat Kubanychbek after sparring briefly with him in Dagestan. In fact, back in 2021, he went so far as to be the only fighter to officially call Abdisalam out.
Speaking ahead of their major bout the following week, Magomedov, the current third-ranked BRAVE CF Lightweight, said he attended the training sessions because he admired the fighting style of his then-opponent.
“Before signing the contract with BRAVE Combat Federation, I followed Kubanychbek as he was an interesting fighter who I liked. He then came to Dagestan for some training camps. As a fighter who yearns to be the best, you desire to compete against the best, and I had the desire to test myself against him. We wrestled and sparred, and that is how we came to know each other as fighters,” says Magomedov, who is also KHK Team Bahrain’s grappling and BJJ coach.
Magomedov left those rigorous practises feeling confident and believes he will surprise everyone on Saturday of next week.
“Look, he is a good fighter. His strengths are his endurance and the ability to keep a high pace in the fight. As for his weaknesses, I won’t say it before the time. I will show it in the cage on February 18. All I can add is that it seems my arsenal of techniques is wider than his,” added Kamil.
Kubanychbek defeated Olzhas Eskaraev at BRAVE CF 59 to win the interim belt. He was then scheduled to compete against lineal champion Ahmed Amir, who was later stripped of his title due to doubts about his comeback to competition.
At the conclusion of the largest combat sports event ever to take place in Europe, the BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week, which also features the IMMAF World Championships, Kubanychbek and Magomedov will square off.