For the first time in the history of mixed martial arts, an MMA event hosted by a global organization took place in Africa. This was courtesy of Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation, which hosted “Brave 14” in Morocco on August 14, 2018.
Featuring nine bouts of the evening, “Brave 14” took place at the Omnisports Indoor Club of Tangier in Tangier, Morocco on August 18, 2018. In the sixth bout of the evening, Felipe Efrain, 24, of Sao Paulo, Brazil faced Arnold “Silverback” Quero, 30, of Paris, France in the bantamweight division.
The referee put a stop to the bantamweight bout between Efrain and Quero at 0:40 of Round 1. The French fighter knocked out his Brazilian opponent.
The match between Efrain and Quero was one of the two bantamweight bouts at “Brave 14.” Currently reigning as the Brave CF Bantamweight Champion is Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23, of Baguio City, Philippines.
Winning at “Brave 14” improved Efrain’s professional MMA record to 13 wins, 3 losses and 1 No Contest. It was a redemptive win for the Brazilian fighter, who was coming out of a loss to Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland.
Before “Brave 14,” Efrain’s most recent bout was at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” on March 2, 2018. He was knocked out via punch by Mlambo.
Prior to the loss to Mlambo, Efrain had two victories in the Brave CF cage. He knocked out Walel “The Gazelle” Watson, 34, of San Diego, California, United States via punch to the body at “Brave 3: Battle in Brazil” on March 18, 2017 and Nawras Abzakh of Amman, Jordan via flying knee and punches at “Brave 9: The Kingdom of Champions” on November 17, 2018.
In the main event of “Brave 14,” Brave CF Lightweight Champion Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar, 28, of Germany competed in the welterweight division. The German-Moroccan fighter knocked out Danijel “Vitez: Kokora, 28, of Deliblato, Serbia at 0:32 of Round 1.
In the co-main event, Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy, 25, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada faced Danyel Pilo, 30, Lavagna, Genoa, Italy in the featherweight division. The Canadian fighter knocked out his Italian opponent at 2:02 of Round 1.
Watch the post-fight interview of Cyrus Fees with Efrain here: