Ever since losing his shot at the then inaugural BRAVE CF Middleweight title, Chad Hanekom is a changed fighter. After being beaten by Daniel Gaucho at BRAVE CF 31 in his home country of South Africa, ”Superman” has gone back to the drawing board and came back a new fighter, and hopes to showcase another milestone in his evolution at BRAVE CF 56.
Hanekom takes on Miro Jurkovic in the co-main event of BRAVE Combat Federation’s first-ever show in Serbia, which takes place in Belgrade, on December 18th, in association with MMA Liga.
Chad was primarily known as a top grappler, capable of controlling fighters on the ground and punishing them with slick submissions and ferocious ground and pound.
He took world-class Ikram Aliskerov to a split decision in his promotional debut, and followed it up with dominant wins over Dominic McConnell and Leon Aliu.
And after losing to Daniel, he regrouped and is now on the verge of another title shot. And he finds himself near the top once again mainly because of his world-class performance against Dominic Schober, one of BRAVE CF’s toughest Middleweight fighters.
Outclassing Schober everywhere, Hanekom showcased a vastly improved stand-up game, with faster hands and ferocious kicks. One of the kicks signaled the beginning of the end for Schober back at BRAVE CF 49, who went down after absorbing a low kick which damaged his knee and forced him to curl up as Chad overwhelmed him for the win.
Now that he has shown the world his 2.0 version, Hanekom is hoping for another dominant victory in his opponent’s home to climb towards his number one goal: the BRAVE CF Middleweight world title.
BRAVE CF 56 is headlined by a Lightweight bout between BRAVE CF 2020 Fighter of The Year Rolando Dy and hometown hero Slobodan Maksimovic. The December 18th show will be broadcast live and free at bravecftv.com and locally through our broadcast partners.
BRAVE CF 49 Highlight: Chad Hanekom vs Dominic Schober:
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