Seef District, Bahrain – BRAVE Combat Federation has long identified Europe as one of the biggest markets for MMA. A continent with an immense love and tradition for sports, and full of talents in all of its corners, the European MMA scene was taken over by BRAVE CF in 2020, as the organization became the first and only international promotion to put on seven shows in a calendar year.
Since the company’s inception, hundreds of European fighters have plied their trade at BRAVE CF, which currently has 80+ fighters on its roster that come from 32 different countries.
“It’s difficult right now in Europe, due to covid-19, and BRAVE CF is giving this opportunity to the top fighters. I think they’re doing something great in Europe. The continent is getting more and more interested in the sport, and BRAVE CF is building a huge name in the region. There’s a lot of local organizations doing great things in their own countries here. But BRAVE CF is going all around and now fighters want to fight for BRAVE CF because they want to represent their countries in the European scene and in an organization like BRAVE CF”, says top Super Lightweight contender Benoit St. Denis.
Despite the challenges, BRAVE CF remains determined to grow the mixed martial arts scene in Europe and empower local federations through collaborations and working alongside them to bring the best of their countries into the global light. It will be time for the Belarusian stars to face off against international fighters and prove their worth amongst the best of the best. The likes of Denis Maher, Vadim Kutsyi, and Vladislav Novitskiy will have the opportunity to take the next step in their road to international stardom.
“I don’t think any organization has been doing what BRAVE CF has, especially in the pandemic times. No other global organization is doing this many events in Europe’’, says Abdul Hussein, the #1 Flyweight in Nordic Europe.
But what prompted the influx of European events has been a steady improvement of the roster of the organization with new, flourishing stars from the continent mixing it up with established stars from around the world, providing them with a higher level of competition and leading them to new heights.
“This number shows what they’re going to do in Europe. It has changed fighters’ lives. Back home in the UK, high level guys want to be a part of BRAVE CF now, guys that are dominating other shows, they are all interested in BRAVE CF, they’re going to make a big splash,” says former BRAVE CF title challenger Carl Booth.
The upcoming event, BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here on June 4th will transform Belarus into the center of mixed martial arts in the continent, as well as making the country the seventh European destination for BRAVE Combat Federation and 22nd overall.
“They are the only organization to hold events in Europe on this scale. No other promotion was able to do what BRAVE CF did in Europe. In my opinion, they’ve already taken control of Europe, and this event will be proof of that” says Ylies Djiroun.
For its return to Europe, BRAVE CF is going all out, with a mix of top international names in its roster and the biggest local stars making the jump to global recognition. BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here will be headlined by a Lightweight showdown that can lead another European stardom towards title contention.
Germany’s Marcel Grabinski will have the opportunity to face off against Brazilian Lucas Martins, a former world champion, and a victory will leave him closer to adding his name to the list of European BRAVE CF champions. As for the co-main event, Belarus’ star Denis Maher takes on the Asian Grappling Champion and undefeated Rinat Sagyntay, from Kazakhstan, in the co-main feature.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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