Velimurad Alkhasov, 28, of Grozny, Russia is set to make his much awaited return to the BRAVE Combat Federation cage. The undefeated mixed martial arts will face Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky, 36, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States at “BRAVE CF 34,” which will take place at the Hala Tivoli in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 19, 2020.
BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 34” in partnership with the European professional MMA organization World Freefight Challenge. The main event is the bout between Alkhasov and Makovsky, who will battle it out in the flyweight bout.
Alkhasov is undefeated for BRAVE CF and in his professional career. The Sambo world champion has beaten Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella, 35, of Budd Lake, New Jersey, United States and Marcel Adur, 28, of Balneario Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
On November 16, 2018, Alkhasov defeated Adur via unanimous decision for the inaugural BRAVE CF Flyweight World Champion at “BRAVE CF 18” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Manama, Bahrain. However, the Russian undefeated MMA fighter was unable to get the belt as he missed weight for the fight.
After taking 2019 off, Alkhasov looks to build himself back towards the top title contenders as he takes on a veteran of MMA in Makovsky. The American contender was once a Bellator Bantamweight Champion and is also undefeated.
Aside from Bellator MMA, Makovsky also previously competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Absolute Championship Berkut. He will look to add a world championship in his new weight class for BRAVE CF.
“BRAVE CF 34” marks the first time BRAVE CF lands in the Balkans region for an event. Further bouts will be announced in the coming days as fans can expect another stellar card to kick off the new year and the partnership with WFC in style.
Slovenia will be the fourth European country to host a BRAVE CF show after Northern Ireland, England and Romania. Here is a clip from the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.