BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: BRAVE Combat Federation returned following a forced pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The promotion implemented the latest health protocols for the safety of athletes and staff. The fastest-growing MMA organization in the world hosted BRAVE CF 35.
In association with EXF, the six-fight card featured a lot of excitement for fans around the globe with all bouts ending with a finish. The entire event streamed live on FITE and you can watch the video replay in the video below. You can also find the complete and official results below.
In the main event, Enrico Cortese moved to 2-0 under BRAVE CF and got a first-round submission, as he made short-notice newcomer Claudiu Alexe tap out due to strikes in the very first round, after quickly securing a takedown over the kickboxer Alexe and raining down elbows and punches.
One of the comebacks of the year was made in the co-main event. After being dominated and nearly finished on a few occasions by Mamadou Lamine Sene, Ion Grigore was able to secure a TKO, after connecting with a boxing combination that sent his Senegalese counterpart to the canvas late in the second frame.
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Malin Hermansson got the first finish of her MMA career as she submitted Ana Maria Pal in the second round, and Abou Tounkara made the most of his BRAVE CF debut and dominated short-notice Marvin Belecciu en route to a second-round TKO.
In the second bout of the evening, Mihai Laurentiu Iorga scored one of the KO’s of the year with a head kick that immediately separated Ioan Vranceany from his senses, while Mirel Dragan gave himself the perfect birthday present with a submission win over Marian Olaru in the night’s opening bout.
BRAVE Combat Federation continues the European Invasion next week with BRAVE CF 36 also taking place in Romania. In the main event, Todd Stoute takes on veteran Amilcar Alves, while prospects Kevin Ruart, Ion Surdu, Bilal Tipsaev and Matiss Zaharovs will also be in action.
BRAVE CF 25 Results:
- Catchweight: Enrico Cortese def. Claudiu Alexe via submission (strikes) – Round 1
- Heavyweight: Ion Grigore def. Mamadou Lamine Sene via TKO – Round 2 (video here)
- Flyweight: Malin Hermansson def. Ana Maria Pal by submission (rear-naked choke)
- Catchweight: Abou Tounkara def. Marvin Belecciu by TKO – Round 2
- Catchweight: Mihai Laurentiu Iorga def. Ioan Vranceanu by KO (Head Kick) – Round 2 (video here)
- Welterweight: Mirel Dragan def. Marian Olaru by submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Claudio Alexe vs Enrico Cortese, Aboubakar Tounkara vs Marvin Belecclu – Official Free Replay: ✓ Brave Combat Federation ✓ MMA, Events ✓ LIVE Jul 20, 10:02AM ET/7:02AM PT ✓ Lamine Sene, Enrico Cortese, Ion Grigore, Marian Olaru, Ana Maria Pal, Malin Hermansson, Aboubakar Tounkara, Andrei Barbosa, Mohammad Fakhredine, Claudio Alexe, Marvin Belecclu, Mihail Laurentiu Iorga, Ioan Vranceanuu, Mirel Dragan
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