South Africa and Portugal were among of the 11 countries represented at “Brave 19: South Africa,” the first ever international mixed martial arts events in the country. Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation held the historic event at Sun City Resort in North West, South Africa on December 8, 2018.
“Brave 19: South Africa” featured 10 MMA bouts. In the sixth bout of the evening, Dimitri “The Russian” Fogg, 25, of Lynnwood Manor, Gauteng, South Africa faced Carlos Graça of Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal.
Graça was originally set to face Will Fleury, 29, of Ireland. However, the latter was pulled out of the card due to injury and was replaced by Fogg.
Graça is a decorated Muay Thai expert. When he made his professional MMA debut at “ICE FC: Fight Festival” on July 7, 2018, he knocked out George Smith of England in the first round.
“Brave 19: South Africa” marked Graça ‘s Brave CF debut and his second professional MMA bout. He was the only Portuguese fighter on the card and the first Portuguese athlete to ever grave the Brave CF cage.
Fogg was born on June 7, 1995 in Trichardt, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa. He made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 19: South Africa,” where he also made his professional MMA debut.
As an amateur fighter, Fogg had 5 wins and 6 losses. He was coming out of a rear-naked choke submission loss to Christian Leroy Duncan of Gloucester, England at the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA World Championships.
Graça and Fogg competed in the middleweight division at “Brave 19: South Africa.” The Portuguese fighter knocked out his South African opponent.
Winning at “Brave 19: South Africa” improved Graça’s professional MMA record to 2 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Fogg now has 0 win and 1 loss.
“Brave 19: South Africa” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland and Dansheel “Mamu” Moodley, 26, of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa competed in the bantamweight division.
In the co-main event of the evening, Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland and Dansheel “Mamu” Moodley, 26, of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa competed in the bantamweight division. The Irish contender submitted his South African opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adam “Pride Time” Townsend, 30, of Hampton, Tennessee, United States faced Mark Hulme, 22, of Sunninghill, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa in the welterweight division. The South African defeated his American opponent via unanimous decision.
Canada, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, the U.S. and Zimbabwe were also represented at “Brave 19: South Africa.” Check the complete results here.