Joilton Lutterbach is all set to make his entry into the BRAVE Nation. The absence of Vadim Kutsyi from the BRAVE CF 61 main event may have at first been met with astonishment and horror. But his successor is more than deserving of taking the reins. In reality, the history between Joilton Lutterbach, a German-Brazilian star, and Marcel Grabinski, a German, makes for an even stronger storyline as we approach the famous and illustrious BRAVE CF 61 event this coming Saturday.
After Belarus' Kutsyi was forced to withdraw due to illness, Grabinski's former adversary Lutterbach signed a multi-fight agreement with BRAVE Combat Federation. This weekend marks the BRAVE CF debut of the new signing who defeated Grabinski by a unanimous vote in 2017.
Grabinski has gone on to become a national hero and the top boxer in Germany since that time, winning eight of his past nine fights. Lutterbach was the last man to defeat Grabinski before a disqualification loss in 2020.
Grabinski joined BRAVE CF in 2021. Since then, he has defeated Russia's Issa Isakov (8-2) and Moldova's Mihail Cotruta (14-2) to put himself in position to challenge Russia's Eldar Eldarov, the current Super Lightweight world champion, for the title (13-1). But now he faces the opponent who has prevented his championship run in the past and could do it again.
Lutterbach, who was born in Brazil, is a true elite. The Paraiba native has a distinguished résumé as a result of his travels across the world and combat experiences in a number of nations, including Brazil, the United States, Poland, Russia, and England.
Lutterbach has a remarkable 35-10 record in mixed martial arts, making him a true combat sports veteran. He has won two K-1 championships and six international multi-division MMA championships. His list of accomplishments includes the Lightweight titles of Poland's FEN (Fight Exclusive Night), Argentina's MFC (Misiones Fighting Championship), and X-Force MMA.
The WKU (World Kickboxing and Karate Union) world champion, also known as Peregrino (which translates to Pilgrim, a very apt nickname), made a significant impression during the Big Games in Germany.
He has had success in the Cage Fight Series in Austria, Haidar Capixaba Combat in Brazil, and Fight Night West in the Czech Republic. Luterbach is also something of a black-belt expert, having achieved the highest accolades in Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Luta Libre.
Even though Grabinski has worked hard to establish himself as the best fighter in Germany, he will have a tough challenger when he returns to his own country to fight for the world's fastest-rising MMA company. The stakes for Grabinski have never been higher as the new main event for BRAVE CF 61 offers the native of Dusseldorf the chance to exact retribution against Lutterbach and earn a shot at becoming the current top Super Lightweight in mixed martial arts.
The fight will be tantalising for German fans not just because of the shared past of these two guys, but also because Lutterbach trains at the University of Fighting in Düsseldorf, while Grabinski competes out of Pride Gym Düsseldorf.