Santa Catarina, Brazil’s Leonardo Mafra earns 1st Brave CF win at ‘Brave 25’

Leonardo Mafra

Leonardo Mafra

Leonardo “Macarrão” Mafra, 30, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil was one of the winners at the Brave Combat Federation combat sports event “Brave 25.” It was his first 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 seventh bout of the evening, Mafra competed in the super lightweight division against Djamil “Dynamite” Chan, 29, of Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The super lightweight bout went the distance. After three five-minute rounds, the referee raised the hand of Mafra, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “Brave 25” improved the professional MMA record of Mafra to 15 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Chan now has 15 wins and 6 losses.

“Brave 25” marked Chan’s third bout and second loss in Brave CF. It was Mafra’s second bout in the promotion.

Mafra was born in Brazil on April 25, 1989 and he has been competing professionally since 2011. Before joining Brave CF, he competed in Nitrix Champion Fight, Floripa Fight, Black Trunk Fight, Centurion Mixed Martial Arts, K.O. Fight GZero, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Sparta, Iron Fight Combat, Max Sport, Power Fight Extreme, Pancrase and Immortal Fighting Championship.

The “Brave 25” weigh-ins took place in Belo Horizonte on August 29, 2019. Assis weighed 83.8kg while Souza weighed 83.7kg.

In the main event of the evening, Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33, of Belo Horizonte challenged reigning Brave CF Lightweight World Champion Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via submission in the first round.

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

Here is a Mafra in a “Brave 25” post-fight interview with Phil Campbell in the Brave CF ring:

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