BRAVE CF’s Italy Debut Features All-Star Fighters and Epic Match Ups

The heroes of BRAVE Combat Federation are set to descend upon Milan, Italy, and at the end of the blockbuster event, nine of them will stand at the very top of the mixed martial arts world.

On August 1st, the Bahrain-based promotion will return to thrill fans with BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood. The card is headlined by a world light heavyweight championship clash and will also see several top contenders, former world champions, and hometown favorites strut their wares inside the cage.

In the main event, BRAVE CF Middleweight World Champion Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine is on a mission to become the first athlete to ever hold two world titles simultaneously in the organization’s history as he takes on Mohamed “L’Ambiance” Said Maalem for the vacant BRAVE CF Light Heavyweight World Championship.

The bout was originally penciled to take place at BRAVE CF 50 this past April, but Fakhreddine had to withdraw from the title tilt after backstage doctors on standby at Arad Fort deemed him unfit to compete due to illness.

However, Fakhreddine’s last-minute pullout didn’t sit well with Said Maalem, who went on a social media tirade by branding the Lebanese standout “disrespectful,” eventually turning the competitive rivalry into a personal feud.

Both men have the chance to settle the score at BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood, with the winner being guaranteed to walk out of the venue with an intricately-crafted belt around his waist.

Meanwhile, Italian fans are in for a treat as their very own Enrico “The Killing Machine” Cortese gets the spotlight in the co-headliner as he squares off with Russian grappling wizard Rustam Chsiev.

Cortese is undefeated in BRAVE CF ever since he signed an exclusive deal with the company in 2019 and looks to move a step closer to a shot at Fakhreddine’s middleweight crown by taking out Chsiev.

The rest of the explosive main card will also serve as a showcase for a host of the very best international talents in the sport.

Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame will make his much-awaited return to the company that catapulted to stardom as he is set to face Belfast’s beloved son Declan Dalton. 

On the other hand, former BRAVE CF Welterweight Champion Abdoul “Lazy King” Abdouraguimov looks to continue his ascent in a new division by locking horns with 2021 Knock of the Year candidate Nursulton Ruziboev.

Chechnya-born Swiss standout Husein Kadimagomaev is slated to battle Agshin “Warrior” Babaev of Azerbaijan, while Finnish phenom Olli “The Amazing Santalahti tests his mettle against Kevin Ruart of Switzerland.

Mochamed “The Beast” Machaev, the 2020 BRAVE CF Breakout Fighter of the Year awardee, takes his first assignment this year at BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood by facing Gamzat Magomedov.

The fight card set for Milan, Italy stands out in several manners but most notably is the level of talent and skills that will be under one roof on August 1st; a truly global treat for MMA fans across the world. BRAVE CF 52 highlights the promotion’s desire to develop combat sports globally and is providing outstanding fighters who were down on their luck the opportunity to climb back up the ranks and showcase their new and improved selves.

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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