Arnold “Silverback” Quero, 30, is one of the fighters on the fight card of “Brave 14,” the first ever global mixed martial arts event in Africa. While he is fighting out of Paris, France, he is of African descent himself as his ancestors are from Congo.
Taking place at Tangier, Morocco on August 18, 2018, “Brave 14” is the 14th event of Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation. It marks Quero’s second bout in the promotion and he is dedicating it to his Congolese ancestors.
When Quero made his Brave CF debut on April 13, 2018 at “Brave 11,” he defeated Caio Gregorio, 28, of Minas Gerais, Brazil via split decision. The Congolese-French fighter is now eyeing a second victory in the promotion as he fights a high profile bout against Felipe Efrain, 24, of Sao Paulo, Brazil at “Brave 14.”
Quero and Efrain will compete in the bantamweight division at “Brave 14.” It will be the sixth bout of the evening.
Efrain has fought 16 fights in his professional career with a record of 12 wins, 3 losses and 1 No Contest. The fight marks his return after his first loss in Brave CF.
While the animosity between the athletes is on the rise, Quero took an alternate route and left a message that had caught the attention of the MMA world. He said, “I love this adrenaline, I love this fear of the unknown, I love this stress control, I love the man who is standing in front of me in combat.”
“Yes, I love my opponent because he always pushes the best out of me,” Quero said of Efrain. “I draw my strength in the love and acceptance because it is the strongest feeling that will last even after death. These were what my father had told me.”
According to Quero, his thoughts, mind and heart are focused on his upcoming bout in Morocco. He has received increased public support ahead of the bout from French and Algerian MMA fighters and even from Olympian Rizlen Zouak, the first female MMA fighter from Morocco.
Here is a clip featuring Quero: