The return trip to Serbia by BRAVE Combat Federation will go down in history as one of the most magnificent mixed martial arts events to take place there. This past week, the BRAVE Serbia International Fight Week, which included 550 competitors from over 62 countries, gave birth to the European and Serbian MMA scenes.
And today, at the sold-out Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia, BRAVE CF 69 produced the ideal conclusion to the biggest combat sports festival as the BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week came to an end with four stoppages in six fights.
In the main event, interim champion Abdisalam Kubanychbek defeated Kamil Magomedov of Dagestan by unanimous decision to become the first-ever undisputed BRAVE CF champion of Kyrgyzstan.
During the course of five rounds, Kubanychbek and Magomedov displayed stunning wrestling, grappling, and conditioning clinics. With smooth transitions and several submission attempts that had spectators on the edge of their seats, Magomedov demonstrated that he is worthy of the salt of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In the second round, the Dagestani appeared to have Kubanychbek on the edge of submission as he locked in a deep rear-naked choke before the Kyrgyz moved out of the way. When questioned about the tense atmosphere, the winning Kubanychbek kept his composure.
“It was really close, but I am a tough fighter, and I will always survive because I will never give up. Thank you to the Almighty for this victory. I am grateful for this. I am the real champion now. I will be here for a long time. I am ready for anyone,” said the new undisputed champion Kubanychbek as the Belgrade crowd celebrated his victory.
After the tense pre-fight discussions between Heavyweights Darko Stosic and Shamil Gaziev, the co-main event lived up to expectations. As they squared up in the BRAVE CF cage, both competitors risked everything.
As he delivered the Goliath from Bahrain his first professional knockdown with a powerful left hook that nearly shut off the Bahraini's lights, Serbian legend Stosic gained Gaziev's respect. The unbeaten Heavyweight, though, proved his superb conditioning by recovering swiftly so he could regroup and carry on the battle.
With rapid feints and surprising huge right hands, the considerably shorter Stosic did well to carry out his game plan. The more experienced Gaziev became, the more his range and timing were supported by a solid counterpunch strategy. Soon after, Gaziev delivered an uppercut straight from Hades, knocking the Serb to the ground and forcing him to submit. The Bahraini then used ground-and-pound to end the bout.
In their 90-kilogram Catchweight match, Aleksandar "Joker" Ilic of Serbia defeated Marcin Naruszczka of Poland by split decision to give the host nation its lone victory.
Ilic enthralled the spectators throughout the fight with his exquisite question mark kicks and deft shot placement. The first round of the fight appeared to be Naruszczka's final round, but the Polish fighter persevered and wouldn't accept a knockout loss. As he caught a couple thundering single legs and brought his opponent to the ground, the tenacious Naruszczka did well to withstand some of the Serbian's deadly body and head kicks. The fight started to shift in the third round as Naruszczka started applying some stunning ground and pound on the Serb, but it was too late as Ili won by a split decision.
Aleksandar Terzi of Serbia handed the Stark Arena its first shock test in the third Super Lightweight fight as he entered the ring to face Patrik Celi of Croatia, inciting thunderous applause from the Serbian crowd.
The excitement was short-lived, though, as Celi proved to be too technical. He took advantage of Terzi's failed double-leg takedown attempt and used the momentum of his opponent's low position to deliver powerful headshots. As a result, the referee eventually stopped the fight in the first round via TKO.
Mahmoud Sebie, a former Olympian from Egypt, defeated Muhammed Kir Ahmet, a fighter from Greece, in the opening round with ease. Sebie took Kir Ahmet to the ground, changed into the guard, and finished Kir Ahmet with punches in just 38 seconds of the opening round.
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