Indian Mixed Martial Arts fans confronted a disappointing news leading to Brave 20 as the veteran Indian Mixed Martial Artist, Abdul Muneer was forced to withdraw from the fight card due to a shoulder injury that occurred during wrestling sessions. The 7 times State Champion in Boxing from Kerala had competed in nine professional bouts winning six of them and was set to face Ali Qaisi from Jordan. The injury forced Brave Combat Federation to find a suitable replacement for Abdul Muneer on short notice. Nelson Paes stepped in on short notice to replace Muneer and to face Ali Qaisi.
Paes has competed in two of the Middle East based regional promotions which Qaisi was a part of, Desert Force MMA and Phoenix Fighting Championship. Nelson Paes will face Ali Qaisi in the featherweight division. Paes had made his promotional debut in Brave Combat Federation which took place in Mumbai, India. At Brave 5: Go For Glory, he faced Rolando Dy from the Philippines in a bantamweight bout. The bout ended abruptly as both the fighters were injured during an attempt for a takedown. The bout will be crucial for Paes who has a professional record of 3-4-1 with one no-contest. his opponent, Ali Qaisi has already stated that he is ready for the challenge and is not held back by the last minute change of opponent. In fact, Qaisi is returning after two successive wins at Phoenix Fighting Championship.
The bout will be featured in the main card of the fight night. Brave 20 will take place on 22nd December at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad. The event marks the first time a global mixed martial arts event is hosted in South India. The fight card witnessed massive changes as new fights had been added and fighters replaced due to injuries. The major one being, Leon Aliu who has withdrawn a week before the fight night to be replaced by Khamzat Chimaev.