Mon. Jan 30th, 2023

In my short time of being an avid BRAVE CF viewer, I have realized what I have been missing this whole time. While waking up for the events is not fun, the fights do not disappoint. After watching the stacked cards of BRAVE 47-49, my hype for the promotion’s 50th event flew through the roof. I want to spread the good word of BRAVE to everyone in the MMA community and this event is one hell of a way to start. If you need more convincing, I understand. Here are some reasons why YOU should watch BRAVE CF 50 this Thursday.

Recognizable Names: One of the biggest worries for many fans when branching out to different promotions is the lack of name recognition. I was right there with you, but if you have been even a passive UFC fan for a few years you will know a lot of the names fighting on this card.

Former UFC welterweight Ismail Naurdiev is fighting in the main event for the welterweight championship. Former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov is fighting fellow UFC veteran Dustin Ortiz in a fight that could find itself on many UFC main cards. Inaugural Bellator Bantamweight Champion and UFC vet Zach Makovsky is fighting in a rematch.

Multiple-time ADCC competitor and grappling champion Rustam Chsiev is competing in MMA for only the sixth time. Also if that wasn’t enough, TUF 27 winner Brad Katona is fighting for the first time in one and a half years in the middle of the card! Name wise this card is stacked for a smaller promotion and they should intrigue you enough to tune in.

Three Title Fights: For their 50th event, BRAVE CF is going all out with the title fights, stacking up the card with three. Headlining the card is the welterweight championship. Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi (15-3, 8-1 BRAVE) is ready to defend his belt for the third time, after claiming it back to become a 2x champ. He faces UFC veteran Ismail Naurdiev (20-4, 0-0 BRAVE). After leaving the UFC on his own accord to improve his skillset, he picked up a win in EMC and is now making his BRAVE CF debut. Undoubtedly facing the toughest challenge of his career, it is intriguing to see whether or not “The Jordanian Lion” will defend his throne and reaffirm his status as BRAVE’s top welterweight or if Naurdiev will add another name to his impressive resume.

In the co-main event, the light heavyweight championship is on the line. Champion Mohammad Fakhreddine (14-4, 6-3 BRAVE) was one of the early BRAVE CF signings, making his debut at the promotion’s 4th ever event. After balancing wins and losses, Fakhreddine finally achieved his goal and became the BRAVE Light Heavyweight Champion. Fakhreddine’s first defense comes up against the surging Mohamed Said Maalem (11-3, 2-0 BRAVE). The Algerian star is riding a 6 fight win streak, with two of those in the BRAVE CF cage. After all Fakhreddine has had to go through to earn the belt, he will do anything he can to keep it. But Maalem is no easy task and his collision with Fakhreddine for the belt promises to be amazing.

The first title fight may be the most interesting. Lightweight champion Amin Ayoub (14-4, 2-0 BRAVE) has looked like an unstoppable force lately, a feat even more impressive considering the division he reigns over. Originally scheduled against KHK’s Amin Amir, Ayoub is now facing a short notice challenge for the belt. In steps Uzbekestani prospect Mashrabjon Ruziboev (10-2-1, 0-0 BRAVE). Taking the fight on just over a week’s notice, Ruziboev has stepped into the biggest opportunity of his MMA career. Ayoub is a fighter with a lot of eyes on him and to take him down, especially as a short notice challenger, would cement Ruziboev as one of the best prospects on the planet. With Abdisalam Uulu Kubanychbek (18-4, 4-0 BRAVE) waiting in the wings for the winner, there will be no easy test as champion. Who will want it more?

Event Significance: In its short time as a promotion, BRAVE has cemented itself as one of the cornerstones of MMA in the Middle East and one of the fastest-growing promotions in the world. This is the biggest event that they have ever put on. Three title fights, the continuation of the BRAVE Flyweight Grand Prix, and many big debuts, this show is a massive deal. If you are going to start watching this promotion, the biggest event in promotion’s history would not be a bad place to start.

BRAVE CF 50 begins at 7:30 AM PST/10:00 AM EST, taking place at the historical Arad Fort in Arad, Bahrain.

By Zach Harkness

Zach Harkness is the head fight analyst at MMA Island.