Lucas Mineiro to challenge champion Elias Boudegzdame at Brave 9

Brazilian Lucas Mineiro Martins will be the first-ever Brave title challenger when he meets Featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame on November 17th

Coming off his first win inside the Brave cage, Brazilian Lucas “Mineiro” Martins has been confirmed as the first challenger for Featherweight champion Elias Boudegzdame. The fight will take place at Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions, which marks the promotion’s return to the Kingdom of Bahrain, on November 17th. Officials have announced the news following a report from Brazilian leading MMA website

“Mineiro” was the main attraction of Brave’s first visit to Brazil back in March. He defeated Mexican Fabian Galván via an arm-triangle choke in the second round after dominating the action throughout the first five minutes. A few weeks later, Martins went to Abu Dhabi to watch and challenge the new champion, who captured the belt with a submission win over Masio Fullen. After the event, they faced off but their meeting had to be postponed due to the Brazilian being injured.

However, their meeting is now set for November 17th, an event which marks the first time a Brave world champion will defend his title. Aside from Fullen, Boudegzdame has also defeated former UFC fighter Walel Watson with an armbar on Brave 2: Dynasty, back in December of last year.

Aliskerov x Smith also set for November

The Featherweight title fight isn’t the only one confirmed by Brave officials. Ikram Aliskerov x Jeremy Smith is also set for Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions. South-African Smith kicked things off in his promotional debut with a Fight of the Night effort against Marcos “Pirata” at Brave 3: Battle in Brazil.

Aliskerov will be making his second Brave appearance after starting his promotional career with a submission win over Rufat Asadov at Brave 6: Kazakhstan and will look to improve to 5-0 in his professional MMA record.

Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions marks the return of the promotion to the Kingdom of Bahrain after spending most of 2017 traveling around the world, putting on groundbreaking events in five different countries – Brazil (twice), Mexico, Kazakhstan, India and United Arab Emirates. Brave 9 will be the culmination of the International Combat Week, alongside the Amateur World Championships organized by the IMMAF, under the patronage of Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Promo Boudegzdame x Martins: