Brazil vs Georgia: Erick da Silva, Guram Kutateladze to clash at ‘Brave 16’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Erick da Silva, Guram Kutateladze
Erick da Silva, Guram Kutateladze

Featuring 11 bouts, “Brave 16” will take place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 21, 2018. The fourth match in Brave Combat Federation’s 16th event is a lightweight bout between Erick “Indio Brabo” da Silva, 29, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil and Guram Kutateladze, 26, of Georgia.

“Brave 16” will mark Kutateladze’s Brave CF debut. Training at Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden, the Georgian mixed martial artist holds a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 2 losses.

On the other hand, da Silva has 22 wins and 5 losses. He trains at Astra Fight Team in Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil alongside UFC fighter Darren “The Gorilla” Till, 25, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, who is expected to be in corner of the former at “Brave 16.”

Da Silva replaced Abdul Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al Selwady, 23, of Amman, Jordan as the opponent of Kutateladze at “Brave 16.” The Jordanian contender, who is of Palestinian descent, was injured weeks prior to the fight night so he had to withdraw from the fight.

On November 17, 2017, da Silva faced Al Selwady at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions.” The Brazilian fighter was knocked out by his Palestinian-Jordanian opponent.

A win at “Brave 16” will automatically make either da Silva or Kutateladze one of the top contenders in Brave CF’s lightweight division. Recently, Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar, 28, of Germany was stripped of his Brave CF Lightweight Champion title due to refusal to defend his title for almost a year.

“To make it official we have made sure that Ottman Azaitar will be stripped of the lightweight title,” Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid stated. “We will have the match for a vacant title that will take place at the Brave International Combat Week.”

Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 29, of Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil is no longer the Brave CF Interim Lightweight Champion, as well. He is moving down to his original weight class at the featherweight division.

Watch the full statement of Shahid about Azaitar’s dethronement here:

Brave CF fighter Bruno Malfacine feels at home in Abu Dhabi

Bruno Malfacine
Bruno Malfacine

“Brave 16” will mark the second event of Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation event in Abu Dhabi. Among the fighters on the card is Bruno Malfacine, 32, of Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I have been to Abu Dhabi several times before,” Malfacine shared. “I feel at home there. I’ve competed there a bunch of times and I know how much they love and appreciate Jiu-Jitsu and combat sports in general so I want to honor their love for the sport with a great performance and a submission win.”

From being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend, Malfacine transitioned into MMA. The 10-time 10-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) champion is now an undefeated MMA fighter with 2 wins and 0 loss.

Featuring 11 bouts, “Brave 16” will take place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 21, 2018. In the ninth bout of the evening, Malfacine will compete in the flyweight division against Brave CF debutante Cristian Rodriguez Jr., 26, of Virginia, United States.

“I have got a lot of friends that live there so I am pumped to be fighting in Abu Dhabi,” Malfacine said. “Everyone I know there is sending me messages and they’re all waiting to see me fight.”

Malfacine made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 11” on April 13, 2018 at the Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He submitted his compatriot Rafael “Mini Man” Pereira, 21, via armbar in the first round.

Including Brazil, the U.S. and Bahrain, 16 countries will be represented at “Brave 16.” Two titles will be at stake.

Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan will challenge reigning Brave CF Welterweight Champion, Carlston “Mocambique” Harris, 30, Guyana in the main event. Bubba Jenkins, 30, of the United States will challenge reigning Brave CF Featherweight Champion Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 24, of Algeria in the co-main event.

Meanwhile, have a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming Brave CF event in Abu Dhabi:

Dagestan’s Gadzhimusa Gaziev to Mohammad Fakhreddine: You’re weak and old

Gadzhimusa Gaziev
Gadzhimusa Gaziev

Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gaziev, 26, of Dagestan, Russia has responded to the recent prediction of Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 34, of Beirut, Lebanon on their upcoming bout. The two are scheduled to compete in the welterweight division at “Brave 16.”

Fakhreddine believes that he is going to knock out Gaziev at “Brave 16.” In response, the Dagestani mixed martial artist said, “No one knows how this fight will end but I will do my best to test your chin, taking into account how old and weak you are right now.”

“Brave 16” will take place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 21, 2018. Both Gaziev and Fakhreddine are making competing in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation for the fifth time.

“Your optimism is inappropriate,” Gaziev said, referring to Fakhreddine. “But I respect each fighter.”

In Fakhreddine’s most recent Brave CF bout, which was at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” in Amman, Jordan on March 2, 2018, he was knocked out by Tahar “Fast Hands” Hadbi, 31, of Algeria. The Beirut native holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses.

On the other hand, Gaziev has 8 wins and 3 losses. In his most recent Brave CF bout, which was at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy”  in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 11, 2018, he knocked out former UFC fighter Leonardo “Macarrão” Mafra, 29, of Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Two titles are at stake at “Brave 16.” In the main event of the event, Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan will challenge reigning Brave CF Welterweight Champion, Carlston “Mocambique” Harris, 30, Guyana. In the co-main event, Bubba Jenkins, 30, of the United States will challenge reigning Brave CF Featherweight Champion Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame, 24, of Algeria.

The public weigh-ins for “Brave 16” will take place on September 20, 2018. Meanwhile, watch the rematch between Fakhreddine and Tadbi here:

Crisanto Pitpitunge, Jon Chris Corton, Vaughn Donayre represent Philippines at ‘Brave 16’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hjayceelyn Quintana, Vaughn Donayre, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Jon Chris Corton
Hjayceelyn Quintana, Vaughn Donayre, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Jon Chris Corton

Filipino mixed martial artists Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre, 38, Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, 31, and Jon Chris “Happy Feet” Corton, 26, are currently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They will represent the Philippines in the 16th event of Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation.

Featuring 11 bouts, “Brave 16” will take place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi on September 21, 2018. Including the Philippines, 16 countries will be represented during the event.

The “Brave 16” public weigh-ins will take place on September 20, 2018. Prior to this, Pitpitunge, Corton and Donayre visited the office of Her Excellency Hjayceelyn Quintana, the Ambassador of Philippines to the UAE.

“This is part of our people to people diplomacy to make sure that our Emirati friends know that we are one with them in terms of promoting solidarity through sports,” Quintana said. “We are very proud that they are representing the Philippines here and hopefully we can also mobilize our people to see the event on Friday.”

Donayre is from Cebu while Pitpitunge and Corton are from Benguet. Both Donayre and Corton are making their Brave CF debuts at “Brave 16” while Pitpitunge is competing in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion for the second time.

Both Pitpitunge and Corton are training at Team Lakay. When the former made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” on March 2, 2018, he lost to Jalal Al Daja, 31, of Jordan.

At “Brave 16,” Pitpitunge will compete in the bantamweight division against Hamza Kooheji, 25, of Bahrain. It will be the fourth bout of the evening.

Corton’s “Brave 16” opponent Hussein “Iron” Ayyad, 24, is also from Bahrain. They will compete in the flyweight division in the first bout of the evening.

In the third bout, Donayre will compete against Flavio Serafin of Brazil in a catchweight bout. The Cebu native is looking to end his three-bout losing streak.

Meanwhile, here is a “Brave 16” trailer: