Brave CF 28 round-up
Brave CF made a return to Europe for the first time since the invitation only Brave CF 24 event in London back in July. With Bucharest the host for this evening’s show, a four-fight main card played out to the Romanian capital in what was a dual event with RXF. Seen by many as a growing presence in the world of MMA, Brave still have a long way to go in order to get a firm foot in the door of the European scene but that’s not to take away anything from what is generally a well-run and smooth production, which is exactly what Brave CF 28 was.
Kicking off proceedings on the main card we saw a flyweight encounter between South African Dansheel Moodley and Frenchman Noureddin Hezrat. With Moodley looking slick and threatening in the opening exchanges, the South African put in a dominant performance to score a unanimous decision victory. Unable to respond to Moodley’s dominance on the ground, Hezrat showed moments of danger in the fight but ultimately didn’t have enough in the arsenal to see off Moodley.
Featherweight prospects, Nikolay Grozdev and Issei Moriyama took to the ring next in a fight that drew to a conclusion midway through the first. Fighting out of SBG Ireland, Grozdev moved quickly with an early takedown which resulted in the Moldovan taking the back of his Japanese opponent. Sinking in a deep rear-naked choke, the referee was slow to react as Moriyama was clearly out due to the choke. Fortunately, Moriyama quickly recovered with no real damage done. Grozdev moves to 3-0 following his latest win and is certainly one to keep an eye on.
The co-main event of the evening saw a bloody encounter unfold between Paweł Kiełek and Benoit Saint-Denis in the welterweight division. In a fairly even first round where both fighters exchanged dominance on the ground, the second round came to a bloody conclusion with both Kiełek and Saint-Denis suffering cuts from earlier exchanges. With Kiełek looking to fade slightly towards the end of the second, it was Saint-Denis who came out worse as a nasty cut to the forehead finished the evening off for the Frenchman. With the doctors taking a respective look at both fighters at the end of the second, the fight was over due to the cut sustained by Saint Denis.
In the main event, Bali based New Zealander John Brewin put the lightweight division on high alert as he moved to 6-1 following a first-round submission victory over Maciek Gierszewski. Although a threat with his power, Gierszewski didn’t have many opportunities to unleash on Brewin but did manage to throw an uppercut that Brewin absorbed with seemingly no worries. Towards the end of the first-round Brewin showed his dominance and danger on the ground as he maintained pressure on Gierszewski before setting up a brutal armbar. Unable to see the initial tap, Brewin showed great sportsmanship by releasing the armbar before the referee had noticed. Speaking after the fight, Brewin stated that he released due to hearing Gierszewski’s arm crack.
Brave CF 29 sees the promotion return home on 14th November as the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Bahrain plays host to a main event showdown between Jose Torres and Marcel Adur.
Brave CF 28 Results
Monday 4th November 2019
Main Event – Lightweight Bout
John Brewin beats Maciek Gierszewski
by submission (armbar) at 3:58 of round 1
Co-Main Event – Welterweight Bout
Paweł Kiełek beat Benoit Saint-Denis
by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 2
Nikolay Grozdev beat Issei Moriyama
by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:08 of round 1
Dansheel Moodley beat Noureddin Hezrat
by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)