The BRAVE Combat Federation will always be remembered for its role in revolutionising the MMA scene in the Balkans at BRAVE CF 69. Earlier this year, thousands of spectators and hundreds of competitors descended upon Belgrade, Serbia, for the BRAVE Serbia International Combat Week, which would grow to be the biggest combat sports event in all of Europe.
A sold-out Stark Arena witnessed the conclusion of the week-long fight festival, BRAVE CF 69 when 550 amateur athletes travelled to Serbia to compete in the IMMAF World Championships.
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, BRAVE Combat Federation, and Serbian Mixed Martial Arts Federation had such a significant impact that the Serbian government formally recognised MMA as a sport and declared that MMA would be a part of Serbia's sports development initiative. The sport, its supporters, and the Serbian tourism sector all benefited greatly from the event.
Following the Serbian government's announcement that it would support mixed martial arts, BRAVE CF President Mohammed Shahid urged the rest of Europe to do the same. This action will also result in increased business sector involvement, boosting the viability of the MMA sports economy.
When BRAVE CF 70 arrives in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on April 23, BRAVE Combat Federation will use a similar model to showcase His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa's vision for developing European MMA.
As BRAVE CF seeks to establish Slovenia as the Central European MMA hub, BRAVE CF 70 will once again highlight the organization's global reach by showcasing the abilities of sixteen top athletes from twelve different nations. With eleven nations visited, BRAVE CF 70 will be the company's 20th European event, further demonstrating its reach as the most international MMA promotion.
Since the brand's inception in 2016, BRAVE CF has surpassed all expectations in the European market by hosting events in Northern Ireland (BRAVE CF 13), England, (BRAVE CF 24), Romania (BRAVE CF 28, 35, 36), Sweden (BRAVE CF 37, 38, 39, 40), Russia (BRAVE CF 46, 55), Belarus (BRAVE CF 51), Italy (BRAVE CF 52), Poland (BRAVE CF 54), Serbia (BRAVE CF 56, 69), Germany (BRAVE CF 61, 68) and Slovenia (BRAVE CF 34).
After the success of BRAVE CF 34 in January 2020, BRAVE CF returns to Slovenia for the second time in three years. As BRAVE Combat Federation seeks to strengthen Central European MMA, as it has done with the Balkan and Eastern European regions (Russia and Belarus), it will once more be co-promoted with the major regional organisation WFC.
The highly regarded Slovenian MMA great Marko Drmonjic will compete against Bosnian superstar Erko Jun in a Light Heavyweight match in the main event, giving his final performance in front of his home crowd. A thrilling Super Welterweight match between Joilton Lutterbach and Andreas Gustafsson Berg of Sweden will serve as the co-main event.