Ismail Naurdiev had an interesting rise in the mixed martial arts world following his debut in 2012 when he was 16 years old. After a frustrating debut at BRAVE CF 50 as a Super Welterweight title contender, Naurdiev is eager to rise within the division’s ranks for a chance to face the reigning undisputed champion once again.
The Austrian-Chechen possesses a stellar record of 20 wins and five losses with 80% of his victories coming by way of stoppage, ten of which came in the first round. Naurdiev’s wrestling background and extensive mixed martial arts experience propelled him into becoming one of the best talents to come out of Central Europe with eleven knockouts and five submissions under his belt.
Naurdiev signed with BRAVE Combat Federation earlier this year along with several high caliber Super Welterweights to populate this division. BRAVE CF is a pioneer in implementing more granularity of weight classes instead of the usual difference from Lightweight (155LB) to Welterweight (170LB). Introducing a difference of 10 lbs between weight classes makes it more optimal for the fighters to adhere to a weight class. This change is something top fighters have been asking for a long time as it allows them to perform at the highest level.
The 25-year old is getting ready to face Olli “The Amazing” Santalahti this September 25th at BRAVE CF 54, the promotion’s maiden trip to Poland. A win against The Amazing, the Nordic’s number one Welterweight, can set Naurdiev back on the path towards another title shot.
BRAVE CF 54 will be headlined by the Lightweight World Championship, where the current Lightweight World champion Amin Ayoub will face arch-nemesis Ahmed “The Butcher” Amin. The event is taking place in Konin City, Poland, an event in association with Galana Group.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, 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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