On Sunday, August 01, 2021, Brave CF returns to action with Brave CF 52: Bad Blood from Milan, Italy. The eight-fight card will take place at 2pm ET/11am PT, and can be seen on FiteTV. Brave CF middleweight champion Mohammad Fakhreddine will face Mohamed Said Maalem for the vacant Brave CF light heavyweight title. The co-main event of the night will feature two young rising stars as Enrico Cortese of the home nation Italy battles Russia’s Rustam Chsiev.
Brave CF 52: Bad Blood Results
All fighters have made weight and the heated dual between Fakhreddine (14-4) and Said Maalem (11-3) will happen at Brave CF 52 after the fight fell out at Brave CF 50. Fakhreddine had to pull out due to an illness. The cancellation did not sit well with Said Maalem, who took to social media to call out Fakhreddine and try to get under the skin of the middleweight champion. The two have had bad blood boiling ever since, and on Sunday it comes to an end. Either Fakhreddine will become Brave CF’s first simultaneous champion or Said Maalem will continue his dominance with his crowning moment.
Enrico Cortese (7-2) could not have had a better start to his Brave CF career, going 2-0 thus far. In his debut, he earned a first-round knockout two minutes into the contest. That performance came at Brave CF 35 in July 2020, when he was originally slated to face the now-middleweight champion Fakhreddine. Cortese is a dangerous finisher, with six of his seven professional wins coming by a finish. A quick starter, all of those six finishes have come in the first round of action.
“The Russian Bear” Rustam Chsiev (4-2) will be stepping into enemy territory, but that will not bother the young fighter. In his last bout at Brave CF 50, Chsiev defeated the tough task of Brendan Lesar.
Brave CF 52: Bad Blood Full Fight Card
Vacant Light Heavyweight Title: Mohamed Said Maalem defeated Mohammad Fakhreddine (C-MW) via R1 TKO
Middleweight: Enrico Cortese vs Rustam Chsiev defeated Enrico Cortese via R1 TKO (injury)
Lightweight: Valeriu Mircea defeated Ayub Gaziev via R1 KO
Bantamweight: Gamzat Magomedov defeated Mochamed Machaev via R1 TKO
Super Lightweight: Benoit Saint-Denis defeated Arkaitz Ramos via R1 submission (triangle)
Featherweight: Elias Boudegzdame defeated Brice Picaud via R1 submission (triangle)
Super Lightweight: Ahmed Labban defeated Virgiliu Frasineac via R2 TKO