When BRAVE Combat Federation makes its maiden landing in Tel-Aviv, Israel, for BRAVE CF 70 on March 9, a long-running feud will be put to rest. A Lightweight fight of epic dimensions pits Marcel Grabinski against former world champion Lucas "Mineiro."
Even though they have yet to square off in the BRAVE CF Arena, both men have cultivated a fierce rivalry. Originally, the main event of BRAVE CF 51 in Belarus was supposed to feature a match between Brazilian Lucas and German Marcel. But with only a few minutes left, Grabinski became ill, and the match was called immediately.
Their match was rescheduled for BRAVE CF 53, which was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a few months later. This time, however, Grabinski was forced to cancel due to COVID infection early in fight week. After that, Lucas faced Olzhas Eskaraev, who eventually submitted him after a strong performance in the second round.
Since then, "Mineiro" has recovered with a brutal knockout of fellow countryman Henrique Marques in the main event of BRAVE CF 60. He is now anxious to put Grabinski's feud to rest and advance to another title challenge. The previous champion has pledged to become the first BRAVE CF Lightweight world champion to win the title twice.
After losing to top challenger Joilton Lutterbach, Grabinski, who had previously moved up to Super Lightweight, has returned to 155 pounds and is hungry to challenge for the world championship.
The Lightweight world title will have a new owner when BRAVE Combat Federation arrives in Israel as interim champion Abdisalam Kubanychbek attempts to unify the belt against challenger Kamil Magomedov after Ahmed Amir was disqualified.
After hosting BRAVE CF 70, Israel becomes the 29th country to have done so, giving the fastest-growing organisation in the world exclusive possession of the record for the most nations visited in less than seven years of operation.