Mihai Laurentiu Iorga, 23, was successful in his BRAVE Combat Federation debut. He was one of the Romanian mixed martial artist who won at “BRAVE CF 35.”
Originally from Slatina, Olt, Romania, Iorga is now based in Pitești, Argeș County, Romania. He has been competing professionally since 2017 and “BRAVE CF 35” marked his fifth professional MMA bout.
In association with Romanian MMA promotion Real Xtreme Fighting (RXF), BRAVE CF held “BRAVE CF 35” at Berăria H in Bucharest, Romania on July 20, 2020. It marked the return of the Bahrain-based MMA promotion after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“BRAVE CF 35” featured six professional MMA bouts. In the second bout of the evening, Iorga fought Ioan “Gerula” Vrânceanu, 40, of Brasov, Romania in the bantamweight division.
The referee put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 3 minutes and 34 seconds in the second round. Iorga knocked out Vrânceanu via head kick.
This is the second time Iorga knocked out an opponent in a professional MMA bout. Winning at “BRAVE CF 35” improved his professional MMA record to 3 wins and 2 losses.
Iorga made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 35.” Before joining the Bahrain-based MMA promotion, he competed in Ultimate Fighting Tournament, Eagles Fighting Championship and RXF.
Like Iorga, Vrânceanu also made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 35.” The Brasov native now has 7 wins and 18 losses.
Six countries were represented at “BRAVE CF 35” namely France, Italy, Mali, Romania, Senegal and Sweden. Iorga and Vrânceanu 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.