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.
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.
Things are certainly heating up ahead of the Brave 11, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on April 13th. In a proverbial clash of prospects, SBG standout Ahmed Amir (8-1-0) will be attempting to push on with his seven fight win streak by imposing his will against hard-hitter Cleiton Silva (12-2-0).
However Silva, who will be debuting for the promotion, has recently sent a message advising Amir of his intentions when they stand toe to toe:
“Every opponent has strengths and weaknesses. I feel good going into this fight and I expect the best. There is no easy fight, but I am not going in there to make it nice, I am going to run through him. My message to Amir is – you have never faced The Predator. I will go in there to hunt and take the head off the Butcher. I am taking your head off. You are done”
Amir has now responded, giving an insight in to how much pride and professionalism is on his shoulders whilst representing Egypt:
“I am focused on my training and martial arts is about respect. In Brazil, I will represent not just Egypt but the fighting heritage and pride of every Arab fighter. It is a responsibility and I will be victorious. Regarding the comments of my opponent, it was weird and didn’t make any sense. How can a person run through other people? This has nothing to do with MMA. May be he meant to say that he will run away from me. In the history of Mixed Martial Arts, nobody had taken the head off an opponent in the cage. I have no idea what is wrong with my opponent.”
The fight is certainly shaping to be a fun one. Cleiton has more fight experience than Amir and has won twelve of his fourteen fights. The 32-year-old Brazilian is looking for a strong return from a loss that ended his eight fight winning streak. Also the strong ground game of Clieton has enabled him to never be submitted in his entire fight career.
However, Amir has looked outstanding in his last bouts, taking a close decision (and fight of the night) against Erik Carlsson which subsequently gained the attention of SBG legend John Kavanagh. Amir is now in Ireland and having a full camp at SBG, who have produced stars such as Conor McGregor and UFC welterweight challenger Gunnar Nelson.
The long awaited MMA debut for one of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world has finally been confirmed. Dillon Danis will make is MMA bow under the Bellator banner on April 28th at Bellator 198 – Fedor vs Mir, in Rosemont, Illinois.
Danis became something of a household name among MMA fans after being brought in to support Conor Mcgregor train for his high profile rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The multiple time BJJ champion spent a large amount of time at SBG Dublin working with Mcgregor and John Kavanagh and developed a strong friendship with the UFC champion. He was a prominent member of Mcgregor‘s entourage during the MayMac world tour last year where he found himself at the centre of an on stage confrontation with Mayweather‘s “security” detail.
SBG Head Coach, John Kavangh, confirmed to MMA Fighting that Danis will be preparing for his MMA debut at SBG Dublin and is expected to fly over from New York next week.
Considering the 24-year old BJJ black belt has spent a significant amount of time at SBG over the last 18 months, many fans will be excited to see just how well rounded his mixed martial arts game has become.
There has been no update on who Danis might be facing but it is expected that his fight will be featured on the main card.