Sambo vs wrestling: Grapplers Velimurad Alkhasov, Zach Makovsky to headline ‘BRAVE CF 34’ in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Velimurad Alkhasov, Zach Makovsky

Fans of BRAVE Combat Federation who are into top grapplers battling it out will be in for a real treat at “BRAVE CF 34.” Velimurad Alkhasov, 28, of Grozny, Russia and Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky, 36, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States may have transitioned to mixed martial arts but their roots are firmly established in their first disciplines.

In partnership with European professional MMA organization World Freefight Challenge, BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 34” at the Hala Tivoli in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 19, 2020. The main event is a flyweight bout between Alkhasov and Makovsky.

“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.

BRAVE CF Flyweight World Championship

As professional MMA fighters, both Alkhasov and Makovsky have become well-rounded. They are currently train out of two of the best gyms in the world.

Alkhasov is training out of Tristar Gym in Montreal, Quebec, Canada while Makovsky is a representative of Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Mixed Martial Arts (KHK MMA), which is based in Manama, Bahrain. Both men will look to utilize their best weapons at “BRAVE CF 34” in search of a BRAVE CF Flyweight Championship title shot.

Both fighters have also found success in MMA. They have championships in different promotions and will look to add the biggest prize to their resume, the BRAVE CF Flyweight World Championship, which is currently vacant.


Velimurad Alkhasov

While Alkhasov is known as a world champion in sambo, he has also found worldwide success in grappling. He became sambo world champion in 2016 before transitioning into MMA.

As an MMA fighter, Alkhasov has been competing professionally since 2014 and he currently holds a record of 6 wins, 0 loss, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. “BRAVE CF 24” marks his third bout in BRAVE CF.


Zach Makovsky

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States on April 19, 1983, Makovsky became a sensation in wrestling from his high school days, captaining his team at the highest level also in college. He went on to earn several honors in wrestling before going to MMA.

An alum of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Makovsky transitioned to professional MMA in 2006 and he now has 20 wins and 9 losses. He secured two world titles in the FILA Grappling World Championships both in the gi and no-gi in 2010 and is now making his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 34.”


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