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'Daddy' Ismail Naurdiev ready to collect BRAVE CF super welterweight world title

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Ismail Naurdiev proved yet again at BRAVE CF 59 that he has something special. 

The Austrian (22-5) captured not only the fight purists' attention with a near-perfect performance that ended in an electric TKO win over Kyrgyzstan's Bekten Zheenbekov (5-1), but he also grew his global fanbase with his stage presence and magnetic charisma.

Chatting to BRAVE CF commentator Phil Campbell post-fight, the man known as "The Austrian Wonderboy" grabbed the mic, succinctly shared his joy on Uzbekistan's BRAVE CF debut and went on a memorable promo to further prove his point as the No. 1 contender at super welterweight.

"I heard the belt is waiting for me, so I am going to get it," Naurdiev said. "The belt is waiting for daddy, and daddy is going to get it. … On Oct. 8 in Munich, let's get it."

When asked where his ruthless finish came from, Naurdiev – usually quick with a barb – was once again true to form, even dropping an expletive in the mix.

"Because I am the f-cking best, that is why," Naurdiev said. "Where is the question, brother?"

Naurdiev's BRAVE CF 59 super welterweight bout was listed as a potential No. 1 contender fight for the division's belt, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, landing a memorable performance and his first finish for BRAVE CF.

Ismail made his promotional debut back in April of 2021, challenging then-champion Jarrah Al-Silawi in the main event of BRAVE CF 50. After a disappointing loss, he came back with a vengeance, beating Olli Santalahti at BRAVE CF 54 – in a bout that won the 2021 BRAVE CF "Fight of the Year" award. Now, with a second straight win, he seems poised to fight for the currently vacant title.