As the spotlight turns to BRAVE CF 73 on August 12, Flavio "Flavinho" Queiroz is on a quest to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever BRAVE CF Flyweight champion. Hailing from Brazil, Queiroz's journey has been marked by twists and turns, culminating in a high-stakes showdown with USA's Zach Makovsky in the co-main event.
BRAVE CF 73 is set to be a pivotal part of the inaugural Pan-American Combat Week in Bogota, Colombia, running from August 8 to August 12. With both fighters eyeing a shot at the title, this clash promises to be a stepping stone towards championship glory within the esteemed BRAVE Combat Federation.
Queiroz's unconventional path to MMA success is a tale of transformation. Growing up in Montes Verdes, Minas Gerais state, he had never been drawn to combat sports. His first exposure to mixed martial arts came through PRIDE shows at the age of 14, yet he initially shunned the violence and brutality of the sport. Skateboarding was his passion, and he dreamt of a life spent traversing the globe.
While fighting was not on Queiroz's radar, his innate ability to mediate conflicts and his compassionate nature became evident as he played the role of peacemaker among his peers. Leaving his hometown for college in Sao Paulo marked a turning point, leading him on a path that would redefine his destiny.
Facing challenges that ranged from financial strain to uncertain accommodation, Queiroz's life took a significant turn when he crossed paths with Ivan, a mixed martial arts instructor. The offer of lodging in exchange for work at a gym plunged Queiroz into the world of martial arts, where he eventually embraced disciplines like Muay Thai and MMA.
Queiroz's unwavering dedication to both academics and fighting epitomized his determination. Juggling a demanding schedule, he demonstrated the resilience that would become a hallmark of his career. Despite numerous hardships, he continued to push forward, graduating while balancing his training and work as a receptionist.
A pivotal meeting with former BRAVE CF champion Lucas Mineiro opened doors for Queiroz. Recognizing his potential, Mineiro extended an invitation that led Queiroz to the global stage of BRAVE CF. A short-notice opportunity at BRAVE CF 25 showcased Queiroz's prowess as he submitted Jean Felipe Souze in the first round, forever altering the trajectory of his career.
With a record marked by notable wins and a rebound KO victory over Igor Taylon at BRAVE CF 60, Queiroz stands poised for a title run. His determination, honed through trials and tribulations, fuels his aspiration to secure victory against Makovsky at BRAVE CF 73 in Bogota.
Queiroz's journey from skateboarding dreams to the cage is a testament to his resilience and ambition. As he continues to travel the world under the banner of BRAVE Combat Federation, Flavio "Flavinho" Queiroz is ready to seize the moment and etch his legacy in the annals of MMA history.