The Brave Combat Federation middleweight division has a new kingpin after Brave CF 41.
The bill was headlined by a middleweight championship battle between the champion Daniel Souza Pereira (9-3) and mixed martial arts veteran Mohammad Fakhreddine (14-4, 1 NC). Both fighters put on a show for the fans watching the event as long as the bout – and the stream – lasted. "Gaucho" Pereira showed off his boxing skills matched by Fakhreddine’s kicks. In the first two rounds, it seemed that the challenger had the edge over the Brazilian champion as Pereira's leg started swelling up absorbing several heavy leg kicks. In the third stanza, "Gaucho" accidentally poked his opponent in the eye. The Lebanese fighter recovered from it soon enough, but it looked like he was out of gas as he was trying to defend himself from Pereira's relentless punches.
The clash ended after Fakhreddine landed two big punches to earn a TKO victory at the 1:08 mark of the fourth round. A technical issue with the broadcast prevented the fans from watching the finish. “The Latest” accomplished his mission to capture the belt as gift for his home country of Lebanon.
In the co-main event, Ikram Aliskerov (10-1) took on Brave newcomer Denis Tiuliulin (8-5, 1 NC). Aliskerov needed only a few seconds to impose his dominant wrestling on the M-1 Global veteran Tiuliulin, who spent most of the first two rounds with his back pinned against the canvas. Shortly after the beginning of the third frame, Aliskerov landed another successful takedown. Once on the mat, he locked a vicious kimura that forced his opponent to tap at the 1:48 mark. So far, Aliskerov has amassed a record of 7-1 under the Brave FC banner. In the post-fight interview, the Russian asked for a shot at the 185-pound championship taking place in the next bout.
Previously on the card, Ahmed Amir (11-3-1) overcame Cian Cowley (2-5) via decision; Sam Patterson (5-1-1) demolished Felipe Silva (9-4) via first-round knockout at the 2:12 mark of their lightweight encounter; IMMAF vet Magomed Idrisov (1-0) made his triumphant pro debut by edging John Cris Corton (7-6) in a 125-pound encounter; Rahmatullah Yousufzai (4-0) spoiled the professional debut of Abdulmanap Magomedov (0-1) by rendering his opponent unconscious with thunderous punches at the 0:42 mark in the first round.