The upcoming bout between John Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand and Cian “The Warrior” Cowley, 25, of Dublin, Ireland at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” is a must-watch. What the audience will see is a bout between two of the most creative, exciting and accomplished strikers in the Brave Combat Federation roster.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts bouts, “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 15, 2019. In the seventh bout of the evening, Brewin and Cowley will compete in the lightweight division.
Cian Cowley from Muay Thai to MMA
Cowley is one of the most decorated strikers fighting out of Ireland. He was the main sparring partner of Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 30, for the former UFC champion’s stand-up practice at Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin.
With multiple titles in Muay Thai, Cowley made his transition to MMA in 2016 and quickly rose through the amateur rankings, becoming a bronze medalist in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Championship event in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. However, his transition to professional MMA was not that smooth.
According to Irish analysts, Cowley was not ready to be inside the cage under professional rules yet, he would have a hard time pulling the trigger in key moments of the bout and he eventually would crack against a superior grappler. Those were exactly what happened in his professional debut, in which he ended up being submitted.
The chance of signing with Brave CF made a lot of difference in Cowley’s career. Without the jitters of a debut and with a long contract guaranteed, he was much more loosen up in the cage in his debut in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.
At “Brave 13: Europe Evolution” at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Cowley showed a devastating performance. He finished Daniel Olejniczak within the very first round and set the crownd on fire with another massive win for the local favorites.
Cowley’s second bout under Brave CF banner was no less impressive, a clash against a fellow IMMAF World Championship bronze medalist Hardeep Rai at “Brave 18” in Bahrain. Once again, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate showed a much more improved version of himself inside the cage and remained undefeated in the promotion with yet another finish added to his record.
Here are more details about Cowley’s fighting career:
John Brewin from underdog to overcomer
Unlike Cowley, Brewin did not make as much noise when he came to the MMA scene. The New Zealander was also part of the IMMAF World Championships but did not secure a spot to be among the medalists in his only participation.
Nonetheless, the discreet start does not mean that Brewin did not end up making waves of his own. His career changed when he relocated to Bali, Indonesia where he joined brothers Anthony Leone and Andrew Leone at Bali MMA.
With high-level sparring partners and professional coaching, Brewin took his game to a whole new level and joined Brave CF during the promotion’s first event in Indonesia. The New Zealander was the underdog against Rai, who was also Cowley’s most recent opponent.
Entering the cage focused on breaking the odds, Brewin was successful in his Brave CF debut with complete dominance in the striking department and devastating elbows to finish the fight. His second fight, which was at “Brave 17” in Pakistan, was impressive, as well.
As the underdog again, Brewin faced one of the highest ranked Middle Eastern fighters, Ahmed Amir of Egypt. The New Zealander managed to impose his pace, control the distance and attack with precision to end his second fight with a great finish.
But in Brewin’s most recent Brave CF bout, which was at “Brave 20” in India, he lost to Anas Siraj Mounir of Morocco via split decision. The match was declared the Fight of the Night.
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