Recently, French mixed martial arts sanctioning body Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts president Bertrand Amoussou-Guenou compared the Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation to the Pride Fighting Championships. Among the major fighters who voiced his opinion on the comparison was CM System head coach Cristiano Marcello, 40, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
Pride FC is a defunct Japanese MMA promotion. Founded by Nobuyuki Sakakibara and Nobuhiko Takada, it operated from 1997 to 2007.
According to Marcello, who is also a former Pride FC fighter, the greatest asset of the Brave CF is its bond with fighters and gyms. For him, this is much like Pride FC back in the day.
“Brave has been very good to us, and they’re a partner to the fighters,” Marcello said. “But not only that; they make sure they have a good relationship with gyms as well.”
“If there are no gyms, there are no fighters, and if there are no fighters they don’t have a show to run,” the CM System head coach explained. “So they nurture good relations all around, which is something that Pride FC did very well with the big gyms here in Brazil.”
Since 2017, Luan “Miau” Santiago, 23, of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil has been representing CM System in the Brave CF cage. In the promotion, he defeated Ivan “Choko” Castillo, 27, of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and Igor Soares, 37, of Curitiba but lost to Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 29, of Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Marcello is the only fighter to appear on the Pride FC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the TV series “The Ultimate Fighter.” Fighting out of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, he competed from 1997 to 2014.
The last promotion Marcello was signed with was the UFC. In the promotion, he defeated Reza “Mad Dog” Madadi, 39, of Tehran, Iran but lost to Sam Sicilia, 32, of Spokane, Washington. Kazuki Tokudome, 31, of Tokyo, Japan and Joe Proctor, 32, of Pembroke, Massachusetts.