“Brave 25” has developed into the ground of one of Brazil’s most fierce rivalries in recent years. Reigning Brave Combat Federation Lightweight World Champion Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and his challenger Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil needed to be separated when they finally met eye to eye during the ceremonial weigh-ins on August 29, 2019 in Belo Horizonte.
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Silva had an enthusiastic support with fans even using his famed mask to intimidate the champion. Fresh from dethroning former Brave CF Lightweight Champion Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, of Jordan, Santiago seemed unfazed by the taunts directed at him by the loyal supporters.
Santiago and Silva had to be separated by Brave CF officials. The two kept talking to each other for a long period of time.
The co-main event is between Felipe Efrain, 25, of Sao Paulo, Brazil and newcomer Matheus Nicolau, 26, of Belo Horizonte. They gave the audience another heated staredown for the explosive event set to shake Brazilian MMA to its core.
Taking place at the Arena Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, “Brave 25” will be the fourth time Brave CF travels to Brazil after two visits to Curitiba and one prior event organized in Belo Horizonte all in the last three years.
Here is the complete list of “Brave 25” weigh-in results:
- Catchweight (75kg): Alessandro Gambulino (76.3 kg*) x Alex Sandro “Canguru” (74.3 kg)
- Catchweight (60kg): Jean Felipe (60.7 kg*) x Flávio Queiroz (59.3 kg)
- Featherweight: Caio Gregório (66.2 kg) x Nkosi Ndebele (65.8 kg)
- Welterweight: Geraldo “Luan Santana” (79.4 kg) x Rafael Marquezani (78.6 kg)
- Flyweight: Marcel Adur (57.2 kg) x Marlon Derik (56.9 kg)
- Middleweight: Bruno Assis (83.8 kg) x Daniel Gaucho (83.7 kg)
- Super Lightweight: Djamil Chan (74.9 kg) x Leonardo Mafra (75.1 kg)
- Super Lightweight: Mehdi Baghdad (75.3 kg) x Erivan Pereira (74.5 kg)
- Bantamweight: Felipe Efrain (61.7 kg) x Matheus Nicolau (61.3 kg)
- Lightweight: Luan Santiago (70.3 kg) x Cleiton “Predator” (70.3 kg)
Gambulino and Felipe did not make weight and will lose 20 percent of their fight purse. Watch a clip featuring “Brave 25” here: