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BRAVE CF 60 lineup set for July 30 in Brazil

Eight fights on deck for promotion's return to South America.

BRAVE CF returns to its second home, Brazil, later this month. Since BRAVE CF's inception, the MMA promotion has hosted a total of four events in Brazilian soil, and this month it breaks new ground as the city of Goiania marks the fifth event. 

In celebration of BRAVE CF's return to the spiritual home of mixed martial arts, the promotion has put on an electric fight card. The main event sees world-renowned Brazilian star Lucas Martins (20-6 MMA, 2-3 BCF) taking on hometown hero Henrique Marques (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BCF) in a lightweight bout. Martins was set to face Amin Ayoub who unfortunately was forced to withdraw due to injury, giving Marques a chance to make a big statement in his debut – and at home.

The BRAVE CF 60 co-main event of the evening sees another former lightweight champion, Brazil's Luan Santiago (16-6 MMA, 5-3 BCF) take on Moldova's Mihail Cotruta (13-2 MMA, 0-1 BCF) in an exciting super lightweight bout. With Santiago earning the "Knockout of the Year" title in 2019 and Cotruta sporting a crazy record of nine knockouts thus far, you can expect an electrifying fight and a matchmaker recipe lending itself to "Fight of the Night." The winner of this fight could be in title conversations and potentially face the undisputed champion, Eldar Eldarov.

Another exciting super lightweight bout to look forward to is the assignment tasked to Leonardo Mafra (15-6 MMA, 1-2 BCF) and Cleiton Silva (15-3 MMA, 3-1 BCF). Two of the best Brazilian BRAVE CF fighters in history face-off and put their respective striking backgrounds (muay Thai vs. Karate) to the test. Brazil's Mafra will be hungry to get back into title contention after losing to the current champion, Russian-born Eldarov in January of last year. For Cleiton, it will also be a chance to right the wrongs of the past and start a new run in a new division after failing to secure gold in his second run in the lightweight division.

One of the most epic flyweight fights will be showcased at BRAVE CF 60 when Kazakhstan's Asu Almabaev (15-2 MMA, 2-0 BCF) takes on Zach Makovsky (21-10 MMA, 1-1 BCF). Almabaev is one of his homeland's finest exports tipped to achieve great things in the BRAVE CF arena, however, he will be up against an athlete who is desperate to prove that he is worthy of owning the flyweight throne.

Makovsky endured a disappointing split-decision loss to Russia's Velimurad Alkhasov in the semifinals of BRAVE CF flyweight tournament last year. The winner of this bout could potentially take the No. 1 contender spot for the flyweight championship. One of the late changes that have come to the card sees Brazil's Flavio Queiroz (12-4 MMA, 2-1 BCF) now taking on fellow countryman Igor Taylon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BCF), who replaces Finland's Abdul Hussein (7-2 MMA, 3-2 BCF), forced off the card due to undisclosed reasons.

The BRAVE CF 60 lineup includes:

  • Lucas Martins vs. Henrique Marques
  • Mihail Cotruta vs. Luan Santiago
  • Leonardo Mafra vs. Cleiton Silva
  • Asu Almabaev vs. Zach Makovsky
  • Flavio Queiroz vs. Igor Taylon
  • Luiz Cado vs. Luis Felipe Dias
  • Edilceu Alves vs. Sean Santella
  • Eduardo Mora vs. Nkosi Ndebele