Ylies “Broly” Djiroun, one of BRAVE Combat Federation’s prized recruits earlier this year, has been a professional mixed martial artist since 2011 with 24 bouts to his name, and is now set for perhaps the biggest fight of his life. He will look to win two in a row for the truly global organization against Sam Patterson at BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here, which takes place on June 4th, in association with Rukh Sport Management.
The 28-year-old Paris, France native has been all over the world, competing in various organizations. However, he could not even get equal billing with his peers in the sport until BRAVE CF came and signed him into an exclusive deal.
It is safe to say that the number one Lightweight in Western Europe right now knows a thing or two about the state of the sport in the continent and Djiroun believes that BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here will have a pivotal role in the growth of the sport in Belarus as well as Europe.
“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” he said.
Djiroun made a triumphant promotional debut in the headliner of BRAVE CF 48: Arabian Night this past March, submitting Russia’s Abdul-Rakhman Makhazhiev in the third round courtesy of a guillotine choke.
It is truly a maiden appearance to remember, but what Djiroun continues to marvel at two months later is the mere fact that the event’s official poster had him front and center.
“I’ve fought for many organizations. I’ve been here and there, but not once I was featured on a poster. But they (BRAVE CF) did that for me. In my first fight, my photo was on the poster. That means a lot to me. It’s important,” he said.
Djiroun did not mince words in lauding the promotion for taking a chance on him and giving him an exposure that he longed for throughout his career.
“I really appreciated how they welcomed me in the promotion and the opportunity that they’ve given me. Now that MMA is legal in France and BRAVE CF is doing events in Europe, it means more visibility for fighters like me,” he stated.