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Can Amin Ayoub dethrone Cleiton Silva as BRAVE CF’s lightweight king?

Djamil Chan, Amin Ayoub (©BRAVE CF)

Djamil Chan, Amin Ayoub (©BRAVE CF)

Amin “Fierceness” Ayoub, 24, of Nantes, France revealed the next opponent he wants to face after renewing his BRAVE Combat Federation contract. The French-Tunisian mixed martial artist wants to challenge reigning BRAVE CF Lightweight World Champion Cleiton “Predator” Silva, 33, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Training out of Bulgarian Top Team in Sofia, Bulgaria, Ayoub revealed in a recent episode of “BRAVE CF IG Takeover Series” that he keeps a photo of Silva on his refrigerator as motivation. The French-Tunisian MMA fighter claimed he was positive he would face off against the Brazilian champion.

In response, Silva declared Ayoub would never get close to winning BRAVE CF’s lightweight title. The Brazilian champion was keen to stress that the latest call-out does not faze him at all.

 

The Belo Horizonte native would not allow anyone to simply call him out without any repercussions. He said, “It’s easy to speak from afar.”

“He can do that all he wants,” Silva said of Ayoub. “I saw that he uses a picture of mine as motivation and that’s as close as he’ll get to my title. I’m the BRAVE CF world champion and I’ll remain at the top for a long time.”

“Anyone can come and challenge me but don’t think you’re coming out unscathed,” the reigning BRAVE CF Lightweight World Champion continued. “No one is taking the belt off my waist let alone this Amin Ayoub person.”

 

Ayoub made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 31” on December 7, 2019 at the Sibaya Casino in Durban, South Africa. The Bulgarian Top Team representative submitted Djamil “Dynamite” Chan, 30, of Rotterdam, Netherlands via guillotine choke in the third round.

Currently, Ayoub holds a professional MMA record of 14 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Silva has 15 wins and 2 losses.

Silva has made waves since signing with BRAVE CF in 2018. He won his two first fights with the Bahrain-based MMA promotion knocking out Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir, 28, of Egypt at “BRAVE CF 11” and submitting Marcelo “Chelo” Bustos, 29, of Catamarca, Argentina at “BRAVE CF 15.”

The two victories earned Silva a title shot. He successfully dethroned then BRAVE CF Lightweight Champion Luan “Miau” Santiago, 35, of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil at “BRAVE CF 25” on August 30, 2019.

Santiago and Silva were supposed to have their rematch at “BRAVE CF 35” in Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil. However, the event was postponed because of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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