BRAVE CF 74 is set to witness the triumphant return of rising Super Welterweight sensation Eliezer 'King Kong' Kubanza from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will go head-to-head against France's own Levy Carriel in an exhilarating matchup scheduled for September 7 in Nantes, France.
Kubanza etched his name onto the global MMA scene with a stunning debut, delivering a devastating first-round head kick that spelled defeat for Algeria's Rayan Atmani at BRAVE CF 72. The impact of his performance reverberated across the world, particularly in his homeland and South Africa, where he now resides. Kubanza's dynamic style and undeniable talent have left fans of BRAVE Nation eagerly anticipating his next showcase. This quick turnaround bout will mark a significant event as France becomes the 29th nation to host a BRAVE CF event, reinforcing the organization's reputation as the premier global MMA promotion.
Raised in the rugged environment of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kubanza's journey began on the unforgiving streets. He honed his skills in bare-knuckle fighting before dedicating himself to Kickboxing, a discipline in which he thrived, amassing an impressive record of 33 victories. His transition to MMA unveiled his true potential and star quality.
Kubanza's inaugural amateur MMA bout took place at the 2017 IMMAF Africa Open Championships, where he captured attention by defeating South African promotional champion Sheldon Victor in the first round. A defining moment arrived when he became one of the few to overcome the renowned three-time IMMAF world champion, Ramazan Gitinov, boasting an unbeaten streak of 31 fights. His excellence continued, securing IMMAF gold medals and promotional titles on the amateur circuit.
In 2019, he clinched his second IMMAF Africa Open Championships gold medal, showcasing his prowess with a knockout victory against South Africa's Riyaad Pandy.
With a remarkable record of seven wins in ten fights, Kubanza's team recognized the time was ripe for his leap into the professional arena. His professional MMA journey was spotlighted on the Scuffle Search documentary series, where he achieved a trio of knockout victories.
His electrifying debut with BRAVE CF against Atmani solidified the DRC's place in the MMA landscape, exhibiting his flamboyance and prowess. Kubanza's KO triumph marked his eleventh stoppage and tenth KO across both amateur and professional MMA. With an impeccable track record of four knockouts in as many professional fights, Kubanza stands on the brink of not only becoming a prominent figure in the DRC's MMA scene but also etching his legacy as one of the greatest to grace the BRAVE CF cage.
The highly anticipated BRAVE CF 74 event will unfold at the H Arena in Nantes, France, in collaboration with Hexagone MMA.