Some of the most exciting mixed martial artists in the world have come from the BRAVE Combat Federation, including Johnny Walker, Muhammad Mokaev, Ilia Topuria, Jarrah Al-Silawi, Luana Pinheiro, and Khamzat Chimaev.
Tae Kyun Kim, a South Korean fighter who has never lost and is vying to become the new Featherweight world champion, is one of the newest stars to shine under the BRAVE CF spotlights. In the main event of BRAVE CF 64, "Ares," as he is also known, will compete against Roman Bogatov for the vacant 145-pound belt.
Since Kim defeated the far more seasoned and dangerous Brazilian Erick da Silva at BRAVE CF 29 in 2020, when he made his BRAVE CF debut, there has been a lot of talk surrounding him.
His BRAVE CF record subsequently increased to four wins in as many fights, solidifying his position as the current top-ranked BRAVE CF Featherweight. He then continued to live up to the hype with an additional three-fight winning run.
He has accumulated a total of nine victories since his first bout in 2017 and has yet to lose on the professional circuit. However, Kyun Kim's go-forward attitude and ability to attract an audience more than his spotless record are what truly set him apart from the competition.
Both of 'Ares' fights last year, against Kazakhstan's Nurzhan Akishev and Switzerland's Husein Kadimagomaev, were outright fireworks matches that garnered nominations for the BRAVE CF 'Fight of the Year' title. In addition, Kim received a Fighter of the Year nomination for his two outstanding performances in 2021.
He will now fight Russia's Roman Bogatov, the number-two ranked Featherweight, on October 22. This may be his hardest opponent to date. The risk-taker Kyun Kim will compete against the meticulous grinder in Bogatov in this encounter, which the purists will recognise as a priceless contest.
Both athletes have won in the BRAVE CF cage despite having different fighting philosophies, and Roman's victory versus Abdulmutalip Gairbekov at BRAVE CF 51 last year was nominated for Fight of the Year.
A great example of the South Korean MMA boom, Kim is a well-rounded athlete who has eliminated his opponents in every way possible, including three knockouts, three submissions, and three decisions. He may not be the flashiest player in Bogatov for the casual fan, but the Russian is a tasty treat for the dedicated fans.
In the BRAVE CF cage, he is one of the toughest grinders you will see. The man, who has never suffered a loss in his professional career, enjoys pushing his rivals to their physical and psychological limits.
The track record of the Fighter Gym athlete, who obtained 84 per cent of his victories by submission and decisions, attests to his toughness. As a result of his prior involvement in three title fights, when he won and successfully defended a Lightweight title in his native Russia, Bogatov will benefit from his experience going into this title fight.
The fight between these two athletes was originally scheduled to take place, but the South Korean athlete's ailment made it impossible. In a situation when "someone's BRAVE CF 0 needs to go," what better way to remember the fight than with a title on the line?