Fighting out of Brazil, Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, is competing for the Brave Combat Federation Lightweight Championship belt for the second time. After suffering an injury in a title fight he was winning, he will challenge reigning Brave CF Lightweight Champion Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.”
Al-Selwady and Santiago will headline “Brave 23: Pride and Honor” on April 19, 2019 at the Martyr Rashid Al-Ziyoud Hall Boxing Arena in Amman, Jordan. The Brazilian challenger promises a highlight knockout in the first round and guarantees it will only take him four minutes to become the new champion.
“4 minutes, that’s how long it’s going to take for me to beat him,” Santiago said in an interview with Brazilian premier MMA YouTube channel Diretasso. “I’m going for the quick KO and I’m sure I’ll bring this belt back to Brazil.”
“I don’t think he’s dangerous,” Santiago said of Al-Selwady. “He beat Lucas Mineiro but Lucas was injured. I was there during fight week and I saw the injury.”
“We studied him a lot,” Santiago continued. “He just has movement but he doesn’t have a good enough jiu-jitsu to hold me down and my striking is way better. I can beat him up in the stand-up and if he’s not careful, I can even take him down and tap him out.”
Between the two title fights, Santiago won his international debut, dominating Djamil “Dynamite” Chan, 28, of the Netherlands en route to a unanimous decision victory at “Brave 18” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain. In the Brazilian fighter’s opinion, that experience will be instrumental in dealing with the opposing crowd on fight night.
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Santiago promises to be even more aggressive against Al-Selwady at “Brave 23: Pride and Honor.” The Brazilian challenger said, “I’ve fought in Brazil throughout my entire career so I was very nervous for ‘Brave 18.'”
“It was a different crowd, different culture, new energy from the arena but once I got in there it was business as usual and I’m sure it’s going to be the same thing in Jordan,” Santiago recalled. “Since I’m fighting the local guy, my hands will be even heavier and I’ll look to hurt him more than ever.”
On March 18, 2017, Santiago defeated Ivan “Choko” Castillo, 29, of Mexico at “Brave 3: Battle in Brazil” at the Ginásio Max Rosenmann in Curitiba, Brazil. It was Brave CF’s first ever event in Brazil.
Watch Santiago’s interview here: