What helps a mixed martial artist stay in a promotion is often a good win-loss ratio. But Bahrain-based MMA organization Brave Combat Federation sees things differently, according to Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, 41, of Brazil.
“Brave Combat Federation doesn’t really rely on wins and losses to measure the value of an athlete,” Silva stated. “It’s more about who leaves everything inside the cage, those who fight with a lot of heart. If a fighter has a good performance, leaves it all in the cage but doesn’t win, still he’ll be back for Brave.”
“That’s what it was like in Japan, and that’s why fighters always gave everything they had there,” the Brazilian MMA fighter explained. “That’s what is setting Brave apart from other events.”
Recently, former International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) president Bertrand Amoussou-Guenou compared the Brave CF to the defunct Japanese MMA promotion Pride Fighting Championships. He was the first Frenchman to win a Pride FC bout and has been the president of the French MMA sanctioning body Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts since 2008.
Silva responded to Amoussou-Guenou’s comparison saying the Brave CF is the return of the Pride FC, which was followed by an overwhelming support from major fighters who became part of the defunct Japanese MMA promotion. A former Pride FC champion himself, Silva said that the focus of Brave CF on fighters and the MMA sport itself is reminiscent of Pride FC.
Silva is currently signed with Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation. He fought in the Ultimate Fighting Champion cage from 2007 to 2013.
Closely associated with the Brave CF, Silva attended the events of the promotion held in Brazil and Bahrain. During his stay in Bahrain, he visited the KHK MMA Gym and trained there.
Meanwhile, Brave CF is set to make its debut in Europe. Its first event in the continent titled “Brave 13: European Evolution” will take place on June 9, 2018 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“Brave 13: European Evolution” will be headlined by reigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of the Philippines and Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Ireland. Here is a teaser: