Seef District, Bahrain – BRAVE Combat Federation’s 49th event will officially be headlined by a Super Lightweight bout between Luan Santiago and Benoit St. Denis. Both men made weight this morning, at the Nordic Palace & Spa, the Kombat Kingdom’s official broadcast partner.
Former Lightweight champion Santiago came in at 74,8 kg (165lbs) on the spot while his opponent St. Denis stepped on the scale at 75,2 kg (166lbs), making their fight official. The winner will earn a world title shot at Super Lightweight and face off against divisional king Eldar Eldarov.
In the face-offs, both men were respectful, but their staredown was intense, showing a glimpse of what fans can expect tomorrow night when Luan and Benoit finally face off after a war of words during fight week.
Jose Torres and Blaine O’Driscoll both came in under the limit and had a respectful staredown as they look to lock in a place in the Flyweight tournament semifinals.
In a bout featuring two IMMAF world champions, Abdul Hussein and Muhammad Mokaev confirmed their weights, with both men coming in at 57,1 kg for their Flyweight duel, and had an intense, but respectful staredown.
Elsewhere there were intense staredowns, especially between Matiss Zaharovs and Gamzat Magomedov, and Bernardo Sopai and Francesco Nuzzi. Sopai and Nuzzi traded barbs and had to be separated by officials.
One fighter badly missed weight causing the cancellation of his bout as Dumar Roa went to the scales at 72,2 kg for a Featherweight bout. His fight with Gabriel ‘’Fly’’ has been canceled. Gabriel made weight at 65,7 kg (145 lbs) and will receive his show money.
BRAVE CF 49: Super Fights will take place this Thursday, March 25th, on Arad Fort, in Bahrain and will be available live and free internationally on bravecftv.com. The show starts at 5.30 PM (GMT+3 time).
BRAVE CF 49 Weigh-in results:
Super Lightweight: Luan Santiago (74,8 kg) vs Benoit St. Denis (75,2 kg)
Catchweight 61kg: Jose Torres (60,3 kg) vs Blaine O’Driscoll (60,6 kg)
Featherweight: Gabriel ‘’Fly’’ (65,7 kg) vs Dumar Roa (72,2 kg)*
Middleweight: Ikram Aliskerov (83,7 kg) vs Miro Jurkovic (84,2 kg)
Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev (57,1 kg) vs Abdul Hussein (57,1 kg)
Bantamweight: Gamzat Magomedov (61,1 kg) vs Matiss Zaharovs (61,7 kg)
Bantamweight: Bernardo Sopai (61,5 kg) vs Francesco Nuzzi (61,1 kg)
Middleweight: Chad Hanekom (83,9 kg) vs Dominic Schober (83,7 kg)
Catchweight 77 kg: Geraldo Coelho (76,6 kg) vs Gadzhimusa Gaziev (77 kg)
Featherweight: Abdulmanap Magomedov (65,9 kg) vs Maksim Trokhimchuk (65,6 kg)
Super Welterweight: Axel Sola (79,4 kg) vs Kuitty Begaj (78,9 kg)
Bantamweight: Frieh Harahsheh (61,4 kg) vs Glenn McVeigh (61,7 kg)
Amateur Catchweight 77kg: Ali Marhoon (76,4 kg) vs Hamad Mubarak Saad (76,8 kg)
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