The UFC will not be the only MMA organization running on Saturday morning stateside. BRAVE Combat Federation will conclude a two-card week on Saturday, Oct. 22 with BRAVE CF 64: African All-Stars. Wednesday’s show saw Poland’s Marcin Bandel claim the vacant BRAVE CF super welterweight championship over Austria’s Ismail Naurdiev by way of first-round armbar.
The event will emanate from Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain, and is set to be headlined by a vacant featherweight title fight.
Brave CF 64 Main Event — Kim vs. Bogatov
Vacant Featherweight Championship
Saturday’s main event will see South Korean featherweight prospect Tae Kyun Kim (9-0) battle Russia’s Roman Bogatov (12-1). Bogatov debuted in the UFC on the inaugural Fight Island card, UFC 251, as a 10-0 unbeaten prospect in his own right. He proceeded to have two points deducted for fouls and lost his debut to Brazilian Leonardo Santos. From there, the UFC cut ties with Bogatov, but the Russian has since joined the ranks of BRAVE and holds a 2-0 record in the promotion, winning by way of unanimous decision in both outings.
Bogatov will look to get his first taste of BRAVE gold when he takes on Kim, a four-fight BRAVE veteran. Kim is a well-rounded mixed martial artist who owns three decision victories and one knockout in the promotion. He will look to stave off Bogatov’s pressure-intensive style en route to the first professional championship of his young career. Additionally, while both fighters are built to go the distance, Saturday will mark the first time Kim has been scheduled for five rounds. Bogatov, the former M-1 lightweight champion, has gone the full 25 minutes on multiple occasions.
Rest of the Card
The clash between Bogatov and Kim will be preceded by three professional fights, with a bantamweight co-main event between Nkosi Ndebele (5-1) and Matiss Zaharovs (4-2) getting cancelled in the hours leading up to the event. Instead, an amateur light heavyweight fight between Israel Mano and Remy Serge will open the show.
Other fights on this weekend’s BRAVE card include a middleweight fight between another South African in Mzwandile Hlongwa and Russia’s Abusupyan Alikhanov, in addition to a super welterweight contest between South Africa’s Brendan Lesar and Zagid Gaidarov of Bahrain. Omar El Dafrawy, a 5-2 Egyptian fighter, will take on Switzerland’s Kevin Ruart at 170 pounds.
BRAVE CF 64 Results
Roman Bogatov def. Tae Kyun Kim via Split Decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47) — For the vacant BRAVE CF Featherweight Championship
Zagid Gaidarov def. Brendan Lesar via Submission (RNC) at 1:24 of Round 2
Abusupyan Alikhanov def. Mzwandile Hlongwa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Israel Mano def. Remy Serge via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) — Amateur Light Heavyweight Division