Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s Cleiton Silva is new Brave CF Lightweight World Champion, dethrones Luan Santiago at ‘Brave 25’

Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil was one of the winners at the Brave Combat Federation combat sports event “Brave 25.” It was his third victory in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.

Brave CF held “Brave 25,” which featured 10 MMA bouts, at the Arena Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte on August 30, 2019. In the main event of the evening, Silva challenged reigning Brave CF Lightweight World Champion Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.

Silva did not waste time as soon as the clock started ticking. Using Santiago’s aggression against himself, the challenged submitted the defending champion in the very first minute of the bout.

Winning at “Brave 25” improved the professional MMA record of Silva to 15 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Santiago now has 14 wins and 4 losses.

“Brave 25” marked Santiago’s fourth bout and second loss in Brave CF and his first title defense as the Brave CF Lightweight World Champion. It was Silva’s third bout in the promotion.

Born in Brazil on February 3, 1986, Silva has been competing professionally since 2011. He is training out of Full House Estúdio de Artes Marciais in Belo Horizonte.

Silva joined Brave CF in 2018 and defeated Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir, 28, of Egypt and Marcelo “Chelo” Bustos, 28, of Argentina in the same year. Before joining the promotion, Silva competed in Full House Battle Home, Luz Fight Cup, Tournament Gladiators Arena, Full House Fight Night, Brasil Fight, Jungle Fight, Xtreme Fighting Champions and BH Fight.

The “Brave 25” weigh-ins took place in Belo Horizonte on August 29, 2019. Both Santiago and Silva weighed 70.3kg.

The co-main event was a bantamweight bout between Felipe Efrain, 25, of Sao Paulo and Matheus Nicolau, 26, of Belo Horizonte. The latter brought home the victory.

Here is a clip from Brave CF:

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