Mirel Dragan of Bucharest, Romania earned his second victory in BRAVE Combat Federation at “BRAVE CF 35” on July 20, 2020. On the same day, the Romanian mixed martial artist turned 33.
Born on July 20, 1987, Dragan made his professional MMA debut in 2009. He went on hiatus from 2010 to 2014, competed twice in 2015, took a break from 2016 to 2018 and made his comeback in 2019.
In association with Romanian MMA promotion Real Xtreme Fighting (RXF), BRAVE CF held “BRAVE CF 35” at Berăria H in Bucharest. It marked the return of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Six professional MMA bouts were featured at “BRAVE CF 35.” In the first bout of the evening, Dragan fought Marian Olaru, 41, of Sibiu, Romania in the welterweight division.
The referee put a stop to the welterweight contest after 2 minutes and 39 seconds in the first round. Dragan submitted Marian via guillotine choke.
This is the first time Dragan won a professional MMA bout via submission. Winning at “BRAVE CF 35” improved his professional MMA record to 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.
“BRAVE CF 35” marked Dragan’s second outing in BRAVE CF. In his professional debut at the joint “BRAVE CF 28” and “RXF 36” event on November 4, 2019 at Berăria H, he knocked out Leonard Ionut Bontoi of Tulcea, Romania via punches.
On the other hand, Olaru made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 35.” The Sibiu native now has 1 win and 3 losses.
Six countries were represented at “BRAVE CF 35” namely France, Italy, Mali, Romania, Senegal and Sweden. Dragan and Olaru were two of the eight fighters who represented the host country.
In the co-main event of the evening, Ion Grigore, 42, of Romania and Mamadou Lamine Sene, 31, of Senegal and France battled it out in the heavyweight division. The hometown hero knocked out his Senegalese-French opponent via punches in the second round.
Romanian kickboxer Claudiu Alexe, 27, fought Enrico “The Killing Machine” Cortese, 22, of Italy at a catch weight of 88kg. The Italian contender submitted his Romanian opponent, who took the fight on short notice as the replacement of Replacing Mohammad “The Latest” Fakhreddine, 35, of Lebanon.