Brave Combat Federation are set to make their first ever appearance on European shores when they arrive in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 9th 2018. Among the many exciting fights on the card is a gem of a battle between two highly touted prospects based in Ireland. SBG’s Cian Cowley will take on IFS Northern Ireland’s Oktawian Daniel Olejniczak in what promises to be an entertaining 170lb contest.
Earlier today I caught up with with Oktawian to discuss his preparation for the fight, his opponent Cian Cowley, what we can expect from him on fight night and what the future might hold.
Tom Mulligan – You’re set to fight Cian Cowley at Brave 13 in Belfast just over 4 weeks after your win over Steve Owens at BAMMA 35. How are you feeling heading into the fight?
Oktawian Daniel Olejniczak – I’m feeling very good. I’m really looking forward to fighting for Brave against Cian. I’m fully recovered after a tough fight with Steven, I’m injury free and back to training. Feeling ready to put on a good show for the home crowd.
TM – Fighting at the SSE has been good to you in the past with you picking up an impressive win there on your professional debut. How big of an impact does fighting in front of your home crowd make?
ODO – It has a massive impact. On June 9th the SSE arena is going to be filled up with Belfast supporters and trust me, they know how to make an electric atmosphere! I love fighting in front of a home crowd, they give me a lot of motivation during the fight to push myself to the limit and put on one hell of a fight for them!
TM – Your opponent has been making headlines outside of the cage recently. What kind of approach are you expecting from Cian heading into this fight?
ODO – He’s had a one year lay off but I think he’s got that hunger and fire back after his loss at BAMMA in Birmingham last year so it’s going to be an exciting fight. On the flip side, he could be a bit rusty in the cage after such a long break. Of course, he’s a decorated stand up fighter but this is MMA. I know one thing for sure, it’s stylistically a very good match up and people in the SSE arena are definitely not going to be disappointed.
TM – You’ll be heading into this fight with a significant experience advantage im both professional and amateur MMA. How much of a factor do you expect that to be once the cage door closes?
ODO – Yes, MMA experience is definitely on my side. With every fight I’m evolving, I’m more loose and trying new things inside the cage. I think it’s gonna be a major factor in our fight. I’ve been in deep waters in a fight and know what my mind and body is capable of but every fight is a new test.
TM – What do you see as being the key to winning the fight and how do you see the fight ending? Any predictions?
ODO – Staying composed, implement my own game plan and don’t get tricked. Prediction? ONE HELL OF A SCRAP!
TM – For fans of Brave Combat Federation who haven’t been lucky enough to see you fight before, can you tell them a little about yourself, your fighting style and what they can expect from you on fight night?
ODO – I’m relentless, always on the front foot pushing the pace. People see me mainly as a solid grappler and expect me to take every fight to the ground but as I said earlier, I like trying new things in the cage to see if it works so I’m gonna experiment a little in this fight, hopefully the fans are gonna like it! I’m the type of fighter that can adapt very quickly to the style of my opponent and the situation in the cage. They can definitely expect a fight packed with action, blood and sweat, I think that’s what they will be looking for!
TM – What’s the situation with your contract with BAMMA at the moment? Can we expect to see you fight for them again soon or have you signed a multi-fight deal with Brave?
ODO – After this fight I’m a free agent. My contract with BAMMA expired after my last fight and my fight for Brave in Belfast is a one fight deal. I’m hoping for a multi-fight deal in the near future with one of the top promotions but at the moment I’m focused on my training and my upcoming fight. I’m leaving all decisions about my future to my head coach Paul McLaughlin who’s doing a sterling job so far in getting me the best opportunities out there.
TM – Finally, if you could send one message to Cian ahead of the fight, what would it be?
ODO – Good luck dude! Let’s put on a show worth remembering!
Brave 13 will take place at the SSE Arena, Belfast on June 9th and will be headlined by an intriguing Bantamweight title fight between reigning champion Stephen Loman and SBG’s Frans Mlambo. The full fight card can is below.
Stephen Loman vs. Frans Mlambo (Bantamweight World Title)
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price (Catchweight (73kg))
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Welterweight)
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton (Flyweight)
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane (Featherweight)
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Sidney Wheeler (Catchweight)
Abdul Kareem Al Selwady vs. Erik Carlsson (Lightweight)
Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine (Middleweight)
Tarek Suleiman vs. Chad Hanekom (Middleweight)
Cian Cowley vs. Oktawian Olejniczak (Welterweight)
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne (Catchweight (79kg))
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater (Featherweight)
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin (Featherweight)
Jonathan Reid vs. Constantin Gnusarev (Lightweight)