Founded by Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad al Khalifa, BRAVE Combat Federation will hold “BRAVE CF 51: The Future is Here” in Minsk, Belarus on June 4, 2021 in association with Rukh Sport Management. This makes Belarus the seventh country in Europe to host a BRAVE CF event.
Belarus will follow the footsteps of Northern Ireland, England, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Russia as hosts of a BRAVE CF event, which will firmly place the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion at the top of empowering European MMA.
“BRAVE CF 51: The Future is Here” comes after a historic 2020 when despite the new coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, BRAVE CF powered on, using the strictest health protocols to put on a record breaking seven shows in a calendar year. It was something never done before by a global MMA organization.
The shows also included a record six events in six weeks. Romania and Sweden hosting the legendary fight nights and the 2020 European Invasion series of shows.
‘’I don’t think any organization has been doing what BRAVE CF has, especially in the pandemic times,” BRAVE CF flyweight contender Abdul Hussein. “No other global organization is doing this many events in Europe.”
In January 2021, BRAVE CF made its much-anticipated debut in Russia. Held in association with Krepost Selection, “BRAVE CF 46” was a historic fight night, featuring the return of fans in the arena for the first time, as well as a crowning moment for Super Lightweight world champion Eldar Eldarov, who defended his crown for the first time against Brazil’s Leonardo Mafra.
Before 2020, BRAVE CF had already set the foundation for its European domination with two shows in the United Kingdom. In 2018, the promotion landed in Belfast, Northern Ireland for “BRAVE CF 13” while in 2019, the organization put on a groundbreaking show in London, England titled “BRAVE CF 24,” an invite-only, VIP event that elevated the sport into a new dimension.
“’You have a lot of good local promotions making waves in only one country but the very strong point that BRAVE CF is making is that they are able to organize events all over Europe and they are getting popular everywhere in Europe’’ Benoit St. Denis said. He is the number one contender for Eldarov’s belt following his victory over former BRAVE CF Lightweight Champion Luan Santiago.
For its return to Europe and debut in Belarus, BRAVE CF is going all out with a mix of top international names in its roster and the biggest local stars making the jump to global recognition. In the main event, Germany’s Marcel Grabinski will clash against former world champion and MMA veteran Lucas Martins while Belarusian star Denis Maher takes on Fernando Gonzalez of Sweden, in the co-main event.