Nkosi “King” Ndebele of South Africa needed two professional fights to finally get the chance to prove himself at his natural weight class. At “BRAVE CF 31,” he will face Ian Cleary of Ireland at bantamweight.
Ndebele is looking to prove he is still the future of mixed martial arts in his native South Africa. With the support of his home crowd, he will look to bounce back from his first professional loss at “BRAVE CF 25” at Minas Tenis Clube Arena in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on August 30, 2019.
Fighting at featherweight, Ndebele faced off against a vastly experienced and heavier fighter in Caio Gregorio of Brazil at “BRAVE CF 25.” The South African contender did well in the first round, showing he can be a force to be reckoned with in his new weight class, but lost via submission to his Brazilian opponent.
Nonetheless, it was a step back for Ndebele, who had a tremendous debut, handing 15-fight veteran Ahmed “The Prince” Faress of Egypt a shock defeat at “BRAVE CF 19,” the first ever BRAVE CF event in South Africa. As the South African fighter finally makes his professional bantamweight debut, he will look to showcase his improvements and his credentials as, perhaps, a future title challenger to reigning BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman of the Philippines.
Calm and composed, Nkosi can attribute his stellar performances to his extensive and victorious amateur career. Before turning professional, he was named the number one amateur fighter in South Africa, winning one gold and one silver in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation African Open, representing South Africa at the IMMAF World Championship, and becoming a two-weight division amateur champion in his home country.
In the main event of “BRAVE CF 31,” Chad “Superman” Hanekom, 27, of Sunninghill, South Africa and Daniel “Gaúcho” Pereira, 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil will compete for the inaugural BRAVE CF Middleweight World Championship title. It is the first ever MMA world title bout in Africa.