Set to fight on short notice against Guram Kutateladze at Brave 16, Erick ‘Indio Brabo’ has joined the debate on the state of the lightweight division. He has recently said he doesn’t see Ottman Azaitar as a true Brave champion. The contender chose to ignore the moroccan fighter when asked about the hardest fights at lightweight and thinks interim champ Lucas “Mineiro” is the real belt holder.
“This is one of the hardest weight classes at Brave. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. I’m always willing to fight anyone and I’ve put myself at Brave’s disposal a number of times, even though other fighters haven’t done the same thing. We have amazing fighters on the roster. I feel Lucas “Mineiro” is the real champion and I don’t know if it’s a good idea for Azaitar to fight “Mineiro” if I’m being honest”, laughed Erick, who’s 2-1 with Brave CF.
Coming off a dominant decision win over Erik Carlsson at Brave 12, “Indio Brabo” will be fulfilling a lifelong dream when he takes to the Brave cage in Abu Dhabi. After dedicating his life to jiu-jitsu, the brazilian is ecstatic about fighting in a town that breathes the sport.
“I’ve been involved with the sport basically my whole life and it’s always been a dream of mine to fight in Abu Dhabi. I’ve always wanted to visit Abu Dhabi as I have an immense amount of respect for what they’ve done for the sport of jiu-jitsu and MMA. I’m extremely happy about that opportunity and I want to make sure I put on a show for all the people there, especially the many brazilians that live in Abu Dhabi”, says Erick.
Brave 16 will be headlined by two championship bouts as titleholders Carlston Harris (welterweight) and Elias Boudegzdame (featherweight) take on challengers Jarrah Al-Selawe and Bubba Jenkins, respectively. Also set for fight night are the returns of 10-time jiu-jitsu world champion Bruno Malfacine and welterweight sensation Mohammad Fakhreddine.