Cavalheiro wants to beat Amoussou fast in Belfast, get title shot
Rodrigo Cavalheiro is riding high after his explosive Brave Combat Federation debut. Back in April, the veteran welterweight brutally knocked out Alessandro Gambulino in the first round to set up a clash with Karl Amoussou, at Brave 13: Europe Evolution, set for June 9th, in Belfast. Now, the Brazilian plans another devastating performance to move forward to a title fight.
Cavalheiro was set to make his debut back in August of last year against Carlston Harris. However, on the eve of Brave 8, Harris was bumped up to fight for the inaugural welterweight championship and won the belt vs. England’s Carl Booth. Now, the Noguchi Team fighter wants to settle things with the new champion.
“After I’m done with Amoussou I want to call out Carlston Harris for a title fight,” said Cavalheiro. “He just said he was going to watch my fight so I’ll prepare something for him afterward. This is a fight that was supposed to happen already, and I think a win over Amoussou will credential me for a title bout.”
However, the welterweight contender won’t confuse confidence with arrogance. He admits Amoussou will be a great challenge and thanks Brave Combat Federation for providing tough competition for him.
“I see this being a very tough, entertaining fight,” said Cavalheiro. “He’s a striker, so he’s comfortable on the feet, but he also has very good grappling, especially with his judo. But I’m a good grappler too, and I’m training to defend his takedowns and keep things standing where I’ll look for another KO. Amoussou is just the kind of fighter I want to test myself against, and I think Brave is doing a great job of attracting those guys. I’m very happy to be fighting Amoussou on a big card and I’ll represent Brazil well.”
Cavalheiro isn’t concerned that his opponent trains at KHK MMA.
“I don’t really mind Amoussou training at KHK MMA,” said the Brazilian. “Once the cage door closes is just me and him. I know the facilities are great there, but they’re not getting in the cage with him. I like that he’s experienced and comes in with a lot of fights under his belt, but all of that won’t matter once it’s me and him.”
Brave 13: Euro Evolution will be held at The SSE Arena, in Belfast. The main event will be a rematch for the bantamweight title as current champion Stephen Loman tries to go 2-0 against challenger Frans Mlambo. The co-main event is set for a catchweight of 161 lbs (73 kg) between former UFC fighter Norman Parke and Myles Price.
Brave 13 full fight card:
Stephen Loman (c) vs. Frans Mlambo for the bantamweight title
Norman Parke vs. Myles Price
Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro
Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton
Declan Dalton vs. Zack Zane
Sidney Wheeler vs. Mohammad Fakhreddine
Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Erik Carlsson
Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine
Chad Hanekom vs. Tarek Suleiman
Cian Cowley vs. Daniel Olejniczak
Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne
Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater
Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin
Northern Ireland will become the ninth country to host a Brave Combat Federation, after Bahrain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Jordan, and Indonesia.