Brave Combat Federation has announced its return to Brazil as the promotion heads south for Brave 11, set for April 13th, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. It is the first time Brave will put on a show outside of Curitiba, home for the organization’s first two Brazilian events. Headling the show will be an Interim Lightweight title bout as 2016 Brazil Fighter of the Year Luan “Miau” Santiago locks horns with former UFC fighter Lucas “Mineiro” Martins.
Santiago has been on a tear since joining Brave Combat Federation, knocking out his two opponents inside the first round in both Brave 3 and Brave 8. His two international victories have put the CM System fighter on the radar for leading MMA magazine “Fighters Only” and he has been included in the publication’s biggest prospects for 2018.
“I would like to thank Brave for the opportunity of fighting for a belt in my home state. Fighting in Brazil is great and you can be sure it is going to be an amazing fight, we will put on a show for everyone”, said Martins, in an interview with Combate News.
He will face an MMA veteran in Lucas “Mineiro”. The Chute Boxe Diego Lima athlete will go up from Featherweight, where he was victorious in his only Brave bout, back in March of last year when he beat Fabian Galván by second round submission. Martins was due to face 145 lbs champion Elias Boudegzdame at Brave 9, but fell ill during the weight cut and has moved up to Lightweight.
“I’m honored to be called to fight for an interim belt at home. To be able to fight at home for an international belt, specially from a leading event like Brave, is amazing. I’m going in there to win and put on a show for everyone. I want to be champion and I will be champion”, said Santiago.
Brave 11 is set for Arena Mineirinho, and will mark the third promotional event in Brazil. Back in March of 2017, Brave 3: Battle in Brazil took place in Curitiba, with the city also hosting Brave 8: The Kingdom of Champions, the first time two Brave champions were crowned in the same night.