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Turku, Finland – Olli Santalahti knows he has a fight in front of him at BRAVE CF 54. As the number one fighter in Nordic Europe prepares for the biggest bout of his career, his respect for opponent Ismail Naurdiev won’t stop him from going for his goal of becoming the Super Welterweight champion.
‘’The Amazing’’, however, will be inspired by the current 175lbs king, who shut down Naurdiev’s striking en route to a second-round TKO back at BRAVE CF 50. For Santalahti, emulating Jarrah Al-Silawi’s performance will be key for him to get his second promotional victory in as many outings.
‘’I know what Jarrah did to Ismail Naurdiev, and I could end up doing the same. Ismail is really good at head kicks, but I’m more than ready for that. I’m more of an MMA fighter myself, my strength is in the clinch and in the takedowns. When the fight hits the ground, it doesn’t matter if I’m on top or not, I will always be the better fighter, and that’s what I want to show on September 25th’’.
Olli is eager to showcase a new set of skills but maintains his bread and butter is and always will be his grappling, which got him a hard-earned victory against Georges Eid in his BRAVE CF debut. And Santalahti is hopeful will carry him past Naurdiev and over to a title shot against Jarrah Al-Silawi.
‘’Everybody knows that I’m a wrestler and a grappler. They want to hit me in the stand-up, they want to hurt me with their striking, there’s nothing new to that, but my ground game is up there with the best’’.
Santalahti gets back to action on BRAVE Combat Federations’ first-ever trip to Poland. BRAVE CF 54 is held in partnership with Galana Exclusive Championship and takes place in Konin, on September 25th. In the main event of the evening, Amin Ayoub will attempt to become the first-ever BRAVE CF Lightweight champion of the world to defend his title when he meets arch-rival Ahmed Amir.
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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