The world witnessed an electrifying display of mixed martial arts at BRAVE CF 74 in Nantes, France. This historic event marked France's debut as the 29th nation to host the prestigious BRAVE Combat Federation, a remarkable achievement in the world of MMA. With ten elite fighters taking the stage, it was a night that left fans in awe, featuring stunning knockouts and unforgettable moments.
Knockouts Galore: Carriel's Flying Switch Kick Shines
Four knockouts and one decision set the tone for the evening's action. Levy Carriel stole the spotlight with a jaw-dropping flying switch kick that left his opponent stunned on the canvas. Meanwhile, Lucas 'Mineiro' silenced the French crowd with a powerful knockout of Ylies Djiroun, solidifying his claim to another title shot.
Local Hero vs. Global Superstar: Djiroun vs. Martins
In the main event, local hero Ylies Djiroun faced off against Brazilian superstar Lucas Martins in a thrilling number-one contender bout. Djiroun started strong, landing crisp blows and even opening a cut above Martins' eye in the early exchanges. However, Martins, a former BRAVE CF Lightweight champion, showed his experience by waiting for the right moment to strike. In the first round's third minute, Martins delivered a devastating uppercut and overhand right that dropped Djiroun, ultimately securing a TKO victory.
Martins wasted no time in addressing the crowd and issuing a challenge to the reigning champion, Abdisalam Kubanychybek, "BRAVE CF knows I am the biggest name in the Lightweight division, and I'll be a great matchup for Kubanychbek. Let's make this happen, Abdisalam. I want to fight before the end of the year again," concluded Martins.
Co-Main Event: Dizy's Valiant Effort Against Rudniev
In the co-main event, Anthony Dizy, stepping up on short notice, displayed remarkable skills and heart in a Lightweight bout against Ukraine's Vladyslav Rudniev, a four-time combat sambo world champion. Dizy showcased impressive grappling and defensive prowess in the early rounds, even escaping a deep armbar attempt. However, fatigue and a lack of a full fight camp took a toll on Dizy in the later rounds, allowing Rudniev to secure a unanimous decision victory.
Heavyweights Shine: Dailidko's Dominance
The Heavyweights delivered a thrilling clash as Salim El Oussaidi and Pavel Dailidko engaged in an exciting bout. Despite the height disadvantage, El Oussaidi showed tremendous heart but ultimately succumbed to Dailidko's power. Dailidko found his rhythm in the first round and delivered a series of heavy blows that led to a first-round stoppage, earning him the victory.
Nikolic Ends Guliev's Undefeated Streak
In the Bantamweight division, Serbia's Borislav Nikolic handed Ali Guliev his first professional loss. Nikolic's powerful right hook sent Guliev tumbling to the canvas, ultimately leading to a referee stoppage. Guliev's undefeated streak came to an end in dramatic fashion.
Carriel's Explosive Start
The opening bout of the evening set the tone for the spectacular event when Levy Carriel unleashed a rocket-like flying kick to his opponent Mathieu Rakotondrazanany's head. Rakotondrazanany initially rocked Carriel with a straight right, but Carriel's perfectly timed left high kick sealed the victory, leaving the crowd in awe. You can see the results below.
BRAVE CF 74 Official Results
BRAVE CF 74 will be remembered as a historic night of MMA action in France, as the nation added its name to the list of countries to host this prestigious global event. MMA fans can eagerly anticipate the next chapter in the BRAVE Combat Federation's remarkable journey.