Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil will look to continue his return to the top of the BRAVE Combat Federation’s lightweight division on home turf. The former BRAVE CF Lightweight World Champion will face dangerous submission artist Amin “Fierceness” Ayoub, 24, of Nantes, France at “BRAVE CF 35.”
BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 35” in Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil on March 28, 2020. The lightweight bout between Santiago and Ayoub will be a part of the main card for the show.
Santiago scored the Knockout of the Year of 2019 in April 2019. He became the BRAVE CF Lightweight World Champion with a stunning spinning-back elbow against then-champ Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 24, of Amman, Jordan.
But on August 30, 2019, Santiago lost the title. He was dethroned via rear-naked choke submission by Cleiton “Predador” Silva, 34, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil in the main event of “BRAVE CF 25,” which took place at the Minas Tenis Clube Arena in Belo Horizonte.
A rollercoaster year for Santiago ended on a high. He got back to action at super lightweight and defeated Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gaziev, 27, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia via split decision at “BRAVE CF 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain.
“BRAVE CF 35” will be Santiago’s first fight in 2020 and he will look to continue his comeback story against Ayoub. The French contender will not be an easy task for the Brazilian contender.
Ayoub is coming off a career-high victory over Djamil “Dynamite” Chan, 29, of Rotterdam, Netherlands by submission in his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 31” at Sibaya Casino in Durban, South Africa. The French MMA fighter comes into his fight in Brazil riding a six-fight win streak.
“BRAVE CF 35” marks the fifth time BRAVE CF hosts an event in Brazil, making the country the number one home of the promotion alongside the Kingdom of Bahrain. In the main event, Silva will defend his title from Guram Kutateladze, 28, of Georgia and Sweden.