Saturday's BRAVE CF 60 co-main event of the evening sees former lightweight world champion, Brazil's Luan Santiago (16-6) take on Moldova's Mihail Cotruta (13-2) in an exciting super lightweight clash, as both men are known for their forward, aggressive style.
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 that undoubtedly puts its hand up as a "Fight of the Night" contender.
During a Live Instagram interview, Cotruta sent out a challenging message to his opponent, saying both men have a responsibility with BRAVE CF and the fans.
"Luan, I hope you had a good training camp and that you are ready because I am not used to easy fights. I hope it will be a hard fight. We have a big responsibility owed to BRAVE CF and the fans. We are getting this big chance and we must prove why we deserve this," said Cotruta, alluding to this bout potentially being the No. 1 contender fight for the super lightweight title which is currently owned by the undisputed champion Eldar Eldarov.
Aside from their hunger for finishes, both fighters will want to make a statement on the big BRAVE CF 60 stage, as it could breathe new life into their super lightweight campaigns following rocky times recently. Santiago has been vocal about proving his worth in the new division since his last victory in the BRAVE CF cage was back in 2019, when he took Russia's Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev to a split-decision victory at BRAVE CF 29.
For Cotruta, the man is yet to earn a victory in the fastest-growing promotion on the globe after an unsuccessful debut at BRAVE CF 54 compounded by the disappointment of his BRAVE CF 58 injury-enforced withdrawal.
"I have nothing but respect for (Luan)," Cotruta said in his response to Santiago. "We are doing the same job, so let's make a very good fight. I pray there will be no injuries, no problems, nothing. I just want to go and do my job, and I wish the same for him. It's nothing personal, but mark my words, I will do all in my power to make this a 'Fight of the Night' match."
Meanwhile, when asked about his thoughts on fighting the current super lightweight champion Eldarov, Cotruta respectfully highlighted the champion's recent fighting diary, hinting that it could work against him.
"Look, he is a champion, he is a good guy, he is currently the best in his division now, but he has not fought in almost two years," Cotruta said.
Eldarov's last bout was in January 2021 when he beat Leonardo Mafra via doctor's stoppage in the first round of their BRAVE CF 46 championship bout.
"This big pause is a problem," Cotruta continued. "The next time he fights, this will be an issue for him as it's not OK to be out so long. But he is the champion, he is tough, he is a wrestler, he goes forward all the time, just like me. I like this about him. Right now, we focus on Santiago. I am pretty sure it will be a great fight. I believe it will be 'Fight of the Night.' With God's help, we get that win and after that, we go for that championship."
The Master of Sports in combat sambo is not one for working overtime and loves dispatching his opponents very early with a 69 percent finish ratio on the standup.
A win for Cotruta will not only put the division on notice and shock the world of MMA, but it will also justify the Moldovan's contendership in the super lightweight division.