KEY POINTS

  • BRAVE CF will be making its Italian debut on August 1
  • Fakhreddine and Said Maalem are headlining the event for the vacant light heavyweight title
  • Italy's Cortese will face Russia's Chsiev in the co-main event

BRAVE Combat Federation is set for its maiden appearance in the beautiful city of Milan, Italy with BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood on the first of August.

The event features nine fights, with 18 fighters showcasing their talents to the Italian peninsula.

BRAVE CF middleweight champion Mohammad Fakhreddine is looking to etch his name in the promotion’s history books as the company’s first-ever fighter to hold two world titles simultaneously as he takes on Mohamed Said Maalem for the vacant light heavyweight championship in the main event.

The two were originally scheduled to face each other at BRAVE CF 50 this past April, but Fakhreddine was forced to withdraw from the bout at the last minute due to backstage doctors deeming him unfit to fight due to illness.

Said Maalem was very much disappointed with the last-minute pullout, even going on a social media tirade and branding Fakhreddine as “disrespectful”--making the encounter an even more personal feud.

Italy’s very own Enrico Cortese gets his chance to showcase his fighting ability in front of his home crowd in the co-headliner as he is set to fight Russia’s grappling specialist Rustam Chsiev.

Cortese signed with BRAVE CF in 2019 and has since been undefeated, with his eyes firmly set on having an eventual title shot at Fakhreddine’s middleweight crown after taking out Chsiev.

BRAVE CF Italy BRAVE CF will be holding its first card in Italy on August 1, 2021 Photo: BRAVE CF

The rest of the card will be rounded out by a bevy of international talent.

Declan Dalton is set to face Elias “Smile” Boudegzdame as the latter returns to the promotion that launched his career to the stratosphere.

Former BRAVE CF welterweight champion Abdoul Abdouraguimov is slated to face 2021 Knockout of the Year candidate Nursulton Ruziboev in an explosive affair in the super welterweight division.

Azerbaijan’s Agshin Babaev is penciled to battle it out with Chechnya-born Swiss fighter Husein Kadimagomaev, while Olli Santalahati will test his mettle against Switzerland’s Kevin Ruart.

2020 BRAVE CF Breakout Fighter of the Year Mochamed Machaev is also set to take on his first fight of the year at BRAVE CF 52: Bad Blood against Gamzat Magomedov.

The company has high hopes for this card as it continues to highlight its desire to develop the sport of mixed martial arts globally while providing outstanding athletes an alternative way to show off their new and improved selves to a worldwide audience.