News: UFC & PRIDE Veteran signs with Brave CF

Brave Combat Federation have announced the signing of PRIDE FC and UFC veteran, Cristiano Marcello and he will be making his return to the cage after a 4 year lay-off since 2014.

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News: Brave CF to focus on roster expansion and European events

Brave Combat Federation have announced that the organisation will focus on roster expansion after the success of Brave 13 hosted in Belfast. The organisation have projected to host at least 7 events in the second half of 2018.

The Brave CF Athlete Relations Team have specified that their internal talent scouting program will focus on signing the best upcoming talent from around the world. Apart from signing athletes, the promotion will also work towards hosting further major events in Europe, which will benefit the local talent.

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News: Cavalheiro aims for the Brave CF welterweight championship

Rodrigo Cavalheiro made a statement with his victory in Belfast. Coming in to his fight with a prosperous Karl Amoussou, Cavalheiro was considered as an underdog. On this occasion, the book makers got it terribly wrong – Cavalheiro viscously flattened Ammoussou with a wicked combination mid-way through the fight.

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News: Ex-UFC fighter Jeremy Kennedy signs with Brave CF

Jeremy Kennedy has signed a multi-fight contract with Brave Combat Federation ending his tenure with UFC.

Kennedy holds an 11-1 record, and trains at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada amongst other fighters such as UFC middleweight “Smilin” Sam Alvey, under tutorige of UFC legend Randy Couture.

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News: Brave CF performance bonus winners – Cowley, James, Hanekom and Cavalheiro amongst winners

After a thrilling event in Belfast marking their first European trip, Brave CF have announced the performance bonus for the fighters on the card.

Brave 13: Europe Evolution has embraced the concept of performance bonuses to reach out to their athletes. The traditional concepts set by other promotions, such as fight of the night, submission of the night and knockout of the night, is the method Brave CF wish to reward their roster with. The reward system is announced on top of the win bonus (which is already provided to the athletes.)

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Brave CF 13: European Evolution – Results

June 9th 2017 – Rolling in to Belfast with their first European card hosting an array of international talent comes Brave CF.

With a headline bantamweight title fight, pitting a prosperous Frans Mlambo against a tough and enduring Stephen Loman, it is hoped the Middle Eastern promotion will gather some momentum with their European campaign. Also, home town hero “Stormin” Norman Parke will clash with Myles Price in a anticipated rematch, sure to bring fireworks after the first fight ended with Parke winning by first round submission.

Check below for the results as they happen.

Main card

Stephen Loman def. Frans Mlambo via Unanimous Decision
Norman Parke def. Myles Price via Unanimous Decision

Rodrigo Cavalheiro def. Karl Amoussou via KO – Round 3

Bryan Creighton def. Andy Young via Submission – Round 3 (Guillotine)

Zack Zane def. Declan Dalton via Submission – Round 3 (RNC)

Erick Da Silva def. Erik Carlsson via Unanimous Decision

Undercard

Cian Cowley def. Oktawian Olejniczak via TKO – Round 1 (ground strikes)

Konrad Iwanowski def. Glen Irvine via Submission – Round 1 (RNC)

Chad Hanekom def. Dominic McConnel via Submission – Round 1 (Kimura)

Benjamin Bennett def. Sebastian Zozok via injury (medically unfit) Round 1

Sam Slater def. Piotr Tokarski via Unanimous Decision

Aidan James def. Tommy Martin via TKO Round 3 (ground strikes)

 

 

Interview: Bryan Creighton ahead of Brave 13 – “Andy is just another stepping stone”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Filipino star Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up. Parke will be looking to pick up another win on his quest back to the UFC while rising prospect Price will be looking to add a huge scalp to his name.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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“Any one who enters the Octagon is in the WOLFS TERRITORY! Irrelevant of who my next opponent ill have it with anyone.”

Bryan is 8-6 as a pro and currently on a 3 fight win streak, with 3 finishes via both Submission and TKO. This shows that he has skills in both striking and grappling. Creighton is a very strong grappler, which is apparent in his win against Jamie Powell at Almighty Fighting Championship 8 only as far back as April. He has heavy hands and is game to trade with any man. This will be his 7th fight in 12 months, showing that he is ready to fight whenever regardless of the opponent. Similar to his opponent Andy Young, Bryan too has fought some class names, including going the distance with UFC rising star Nathaniel Wood. This fight will be a huge test for Bryan, not only due to the fact that it will be in Young’s back yard, but that it will truly show where he is at in his career. A win over Young will only propel him further up the rankings and move him on to the next chapter in his career.

Having already talked to Andy, I then caught up with Bryan to find out how he feels about fighting Andy, and what his thoughts were on coming over to Belfast to fight against the home town favourite.

Eamonn Scott: Bryan, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Bryan Creighton: “joining a dominant Promotion it seems like a natural progression test myself with bigger and better aspirations.”

ES: This is quite a big event with it being Brave’s debut card in Europe. With being placed so high up the card, do you enjoy these big fights in front of big crowds, or is the occasion irreverent for you?

BC: “I thrive of the occasion. Bigger crowds with Big Venues make me strive for bigger and better things.”

ES: This will be your first time fighting in Northern Ireland and Belfast. Are you looking forward to it? Have you heard anything about Belfast and their fans? Do you get enjoy the occasion is it just another day’s work for you?

BC: “Belfast fans are very similar to scousers so it’s one a Big Party! So I’m looking forward to partying with them all. I’m obsessed I love and breathe what I do!”

ES: With Andy being the hometown fighter, you will naturally be the “Bad Guy”. Have you ever fought in someone’s back yard before and do you thrive off the atmosphere, negative or positive?

BC: “Bad guy or good Guy! The Wolf is an individual!”

ES: You’re coming into this contest off the back of an impressive 3 fight win streak with 3 finishes. Do you believe that this is the best you have ever been in your career?

BC: “Yes I have structure, stability and a fantastic team around me “HAMMA MMA”. I believe I have the right tools for the next job at hand.”

ES: Andy has fought top quality fighters such as former top 5 UFC Flyweight Ali Bagautinov, do you feel like this is the test you need to follow-up on your previous wins?

BC: “Any one who enters the Octagon is in the WOLFS TERRITORY! Irrelevant of who my next opponent ill have it with anyone.”

ES: Andy has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

BC: “I respect Andy for entering the combat Arena with me, who he’s fought and what decision and what’s he done is the past. I’m looking forward bringing it!”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

BC: “I’ve focused on my ‘Jitz’ this camp as well as wrestling. Training’s going well, I’m always pushing my training and always wanting to better myself.”

ES: You’ve been fighting professionally since 2012. Do you feel like you have hit your prime yet and are they many goals and objectives that you have set out to fulfill in your career? If so, have you accomplished any of them?

BC: “I’m Aiming for that number one Spot! Andy is just another stepping stone!”

With both fighters ready to come and trade, this fight will be nothing short of entertaining. It has a high position in the card and rightly so. This bout will surely get the crowd involved, not only in support of their own fighter Andy young, but as it will also be a very exciting contest if both men keep to their word. This card is filled with great contests top to bottom and this is certainly one of them! Don’t miss out on this historic event, get your tickets while you still can!

Insight: Kavanagh highlights the impact of Brave CF in Ireland & UK

Veteran Coach John Kavanagh has highlighted the key impact of Brave Combat Federation in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The promotion had made their entry into Europe with Brave 13: Europe Evolution hosted on 9th June at the SSE Arena in Belfast. The event features the first ever championship title defence in the bantamweight division by Stephen Loman from Team Lakay, Philippines facing 2015 IMMAF gold medalist Frans Mlambo from SBG Ireland.

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The fight card features multiple fights from Ireland and the United Kingdom in the main card and the preliminary card. The promotion had stated that Europe will be among the focal areas for the promotion to host regular events. The promotion is found by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa from the Royal family of Bahrain.

“Brave Combat Federation is one of the worlds biggest organisations so its great for Ireland to have them visit”, commented Kavanagh.

Just five days from now, Brave Combat Federation will roll into Belfast’s SSE Arena to host their first ever fight card on European soil. The event is packed full of interesting battles including a stud rematch between Norman Parke and Myles Price. The full card is listed below.

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MMAMotion Exclusive: Myles Price – “I’ll be going for the kill”

We are days away from Brave Combat Federation making their debut appearance in Europe with their thirteenth event set to take place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The fight card is stacked from top to bottom with intriguing contests with a co-main event featuring two of the island’s finest going head to head. Northern Ireland’s own “Stormin” Norman Parke will make his Brave debut against fellow promotional debutant, “Magic” Myles Price of Kilkenny, Ireland.

I caught up with Myles to discuss his approach to facing Norman for the second time, how he’s feeling after two years away from MMA competition and his predictions for fight night.

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Tom Mulligan – You made an impressive return to BAMMA last week after a little over two years out. How did it feel to be back in the cage?

Myles Price – It felt absolutely amazing to be back in there after two years of a lay off, I kept myself very busy, I was improving in the meantime but unfortunately I had a couple of niggley injuries that held me back from competition and I had to prioritise my gym down here in Kilkenny for a while. In between all of that I was steadily improving and filling a lot of holes that I needed to fill in my training in order that when I did come back I’d make an impression and having a performance, which I felt I did to a degree two weeks ago in BAMMA.

I had a very tough, unorthodox opponent in Phil Raeburn as well but I ended up coming out and getting the win and getting somewhat of a performance I was looking for. I felt like I was a little ring rusty, or cage rusty I should say, after two years of being off which is understandable to a degree. Now that the cobwebs have been shaken off I’m ready let go again and let those shots get fired on June 9th at Brave 13 and I’m super looking forward to that.

TM  – You mentioned shaking off any ring rust against Raeburn, now you get the chance to quickly follow up with another fight just 6 weeks later – would you say that there an element of wanting to make up for lost time?

MP – Yeah for sure, there’s definitely an element of wanting to make up for lost time if the opportunity presents itself. It was just like my stars aligned in a sense to be honest, after the Raeburn fight because I just got offered Parke nearly directly straight away after that, so yeah there’s obviously an element of that but it’s not a deliberate choice to do that with the Parke fight. I’m not looking to throw a load of fights in over a short period of time it wasn’t necessarily the plan but it’s most certainly working out that way. 

I feel very fresh and I’m feeling good and regardless of the first fight, I was gonna have a bit of ring rust anyway so even if it was 6 weeks, 3 weeks, 4 weeks or 2-3 months to get the next fight, that first fight is still a fight where I’ll get a bit of ring rust off me. No disrespect to Phil, he’s certainly a tough fight even without the ring rust. I was just efficient with my techniques on the night and my awareness of the cage, how I performed and how I followed through with my techniques and it worked out well for me. I’m super looking forward to applying that again even more efficiently on June 9th.

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TM – You mentioned after the Raeburn fight that you felt you were now operating as “Myles 2.0”. Just how much have you grown as a fighter since you last faced Parke eight years ago?

MP – Yeah for sure, I most definitely feel like I’m operating as Myles 2.0. Obviously in the space of 8 years I’m going to improve a lot in that time, it’s a long time to develop even if you are slow at progressing and increasing your IQ and being efficient in the training rooms and in competition. I definitely feel like in those 8 years, I’ve grown so much in regards to my overall game and all the things that I’m kind of natural and particularly good at like my striking and jiu jitsu. My wrestling and my judo comes quite naturally to me as well but there’s always holes to fill and things to work on, you’re never the overall complete picture.

I for sure feel like I’m operating as Myles 2.0 but that’ll keep increasing over time, I’ll always make sure of that. It’s just another day at the office when it comes to improving more and more every single time. That’s why this is an appealing match up, Me vs Parke. I have improved at all those little things that need to improve when it comes to facing an opponent like Parke. It’s going to show on the night.

TM – Considering the improvements you’ve made since the last time you met, what kind of risk do you see Parke posing once the cage door closes?

MP – I feel like Parke is fairly similar to what he was eight years ago to be honest. He’s still primarily a grappling based guy who likes grinding out decisions, coming forward. That’s kind of his core strong suit and I don’t blame him for sticking to that core. It didn’t really pay dividends for him when it came to entertaining fights for the bigger promotions like the UFC, etc. For sure, it doesn’t take away from his skill set and how high percentage he is with those aspects of his game. I feel like that’s probably the only risk that Parke is going to have with me. He has a very good submission game and very good striking as well so I need to be aware of that. I can never underestimate any part of any mans game. I just like focusing on what I do and then putting my skill set against whatever opponent I’m facing on whatever promotion on the night.

I feel like that if I had to point out one particular part of Parke’s game that you have to be very sharp and aware of, it’s his wrestling exchanges. That’s where I feel like he’s most threatening in most fights that he’s been in.

 

TM – Co-headlining Brave 13 will likely bring a whole new set of eyes to you from all around the world. For the Brave fans who have not yet seen you fight, what can they expect from you and your style of fighting?

MP – For sure, it’ll definitely shed a new light on me as an athlete and being on a promotion as big as Brave I’m sure there will be a lot of new eyes being set upon me now and my fighting career and my competition career moving forward. What the fans of Brave can expect from me is an exciting fight, always an entertaining fight. I’ll always put on a performance and I’ll be going for the kill. I’ll be efficient with every single technique I have but for sure, it’ll never be a boring fight with me involved.

I’ll be in the centre, gauging distance efficiently and if the finish is there, I will take it. There’s probably going to be some sort of crazy shit going down at some stage. They have a lot to look forward to come June 9th.

TM – What’s your current situation contract wise? Are we going to see you back in BAMMA after this fight or will you be staying with Brave moving forwards?

MP – Contract wise with BAMMA and Brave, I’m not really able to talk about that at the moment but I’d like to think for the foreseeable future…who ever gives me the best opportunities and better pay days. I think the two of them are amazing promotions. In my past experience BAMMA have always been very very good to me,  I like all the guys who run the show, they’ve looked after me very well and given me great publicity and promoted me very well. I can’t thank them enough for that. Brave, they’re doing exactly the same thing. Contract wise I can’t really talk about it but either or, I’d be super happy to be on either one of those promotions for sure.

TM – What do you see as being your keys to victory in Belfast? Can you give us a prediction for how you believe the fight will end?

MP – I don’t want to be giving too much away when it comes to my keys to victory but of course, my stand up is always going to be somewhat of a danger to any opponent stepping in there with me. I’m very dangerous and high percentage with my stand up. I feel like that’s obviously going to be one of the factors but there’s a lot of keys to victory. 

I honestly feel that prediction wise, it’s going to be a TKO or a decision. Parke is very tough, he’s very durable and he’s been in there with some of the best guys around. If you go by his record he’s very good at eeking out those decisions and getting the job done. 

With the game plan we have in place and the way things are going momentum wise on my behalf at the moment it’s just not going to happen for him when we meet. My prediction is TKO or submission but I’d like to see myself getting a submission as well for sure.

TM – Thanks Myles, and finally then, do you have anything you’d like to say to Norman heading into the fight?

MP – My pleasure, thank you for having me. Just before I go I’d like to say a special thanks to Darbo Contracts who’ve been supporting me throughout this camp. I’d also like to put a special thanks out to Fight Store Ireland and Wolf Hound Fight Gear for looking after me during this camp. Also to everyone in my family at Team Ryano Kilkenny and Team Ryano HQ, obviously my family in general and my girlfriend Paige. Also my business partner Mick Brennan who has been a massive support in this camp as well.

My last message to Norman would be to come prepared, come ready and make sure to bring your A game because that’s what I’m bringing on the night. I’m feeling prepared for absolutely every scenario he brings into the cage and I’m ready to go toe to toe and just have a great fight to be honest with you. Bring your A game, that’s it.

I’m super looking forward to getting in there and going toe to toe with the man, it’s gonna be great.

 

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.

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Main card

Stephen Loman vs. Frans Mlambo (Bantamweight World Title)
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price (Catchweight)
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Welterweight)
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton (Flyweight)
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane (Featherweight)
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Sidney Wheeler (Catchweight)
Erick Da Silva vs. Erik Carlsson (Catchweight)

Undercard

Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine (Middleweight)
Saeed Younesi vs. Chad Hanekom (Middleweight)
Cian Cowley vs. Oktawian Olejniczak (Welterweight)
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne (Catchweight)
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater (Featherweight)
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin (Featherweight)
Jonathan Reid vs. Constantin Gnusarev (Lightweight)

BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!