The wounded soldiers and police officers at the Dirección Centro de Rehabilitación Inclusiva, a rehabilitation center in Bogotá, Colombia, were visited by several mixed martial artists on September 4, 2019. The MMA fighters are fighting at “Brave 26,” a collaboration between Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation and Colombia’s biggest martial arts organization Latin Fighting Championship.
While at the DCRI, the Brave CF athletes showed the wounded soldiers and police officers some of the techniques they hope to put in display during “Brave 26” fight night, which will take place at the Coliseo Hernan Jaramillo in Salitre, Bogota on September 7, 2019. One of the fighters was Felipe Silva, 35, of Brazil.
Silva is known for his knockout prowess. He praised the initiative of putting together the soldiers and giving them a rundown on the best techniques from MMA.
“I loved getting together with the DCRI and this is the type of thing Brave and LFC have done since they signed the agreement,” Silva stated. “It was awesome to receive their energy ahead of fight night and I hope that some of them can cheer for me even though my opponent is Colombian.”
During the open workouts, Silva went on to invite several police officers that use the facilities at the DCRI to join him in the training, including service member Edson, an amputee who was celebrating his 21st birthday on that day. The crowd went wild with the opportunity that a few of their friends had to train with the world’s best MMA fighters including Luana Pinheiro, 25, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Yasmeli Araque, 33, of Tovar, Merida, Venezuela; and Gabriel “Fly” Miranda, 29, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazi, who all showed their gratitude to the military officers of Colombia.
Featuring two amateur MMA bouts and nine professional MMA bouts, “Brave 26” will be headlined by Silva and Bogota native Dumar “Corazon de Leon” Roa, 28. They will compete in the lightweight division.
In the co-main event of the evening, Miranda will face Jon “The Problem” Zarate of Medellin, Colombia in the lightweight division. Miranda and Silva are training out of CM System gym in Curitiba under the tutelage of Cristiano Marcello, 41.
“(It is) amazing to see the DCRI full of people who have proudly served their countries,” Marcello shared. (It is) amazing that they were all very keen to learn more about MMA and I hope my fighters have provided enough for them to check out the fights and become fans of BRAVE CF and LFC, too.”
The partnership between LFC and Brave CF was made possible by the tireless work of LFC president Jaime Barón and Brave CF president Mohammed Shahid. Here is a message from the latter: