Kevin Ruart to his ‘BRAVE CF 36’ opponent Ion Surdu: Don’t blink an eye

Kevin Ruart, Ion Surdu

Kevin Ruart, 32, will have his second BRAVE Combat Federation bout at “BRAVE CF 36.” Fighting out of France by way of Switzerland, he will face undefeated mixed martial artist Ion Surdu, 25, of Moldova and Romania.

In partnership with Real Xtreme Fighting (RXF), BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 36” at Berăria H in Bucharest, Romania on July 27, 2020 featuring five professional MMA matches. In the co-main event of the evening, Ruart and Surdu will battle it out in the welterweight division.

“To the fans and to Ion Surdu, don’t blink an eye because this one will be terrible and fast, really fast,” Ruart warned. “So, don’t blink an eye.”

On July 25, 2020, I interviewed Ruart, who is currently in Romania, via Zoom app. I asked him if he was intimidated by the fact that Surdu is undefeated.

“Of course not,” Ruart replied. “You know, he is undefeated because he has not seen me yet so I don’t give a f— about the record. It’s the same.”

When I asked Ruart if he is the kind of fighter who studies his opponents by watching their fight videos, he said it is his manager and his coach who do that for him. He told me, “I know have all the qualities to beat anybody so I just do my work, listen to my coach.”

Coming out a successful BRAVE CF debut, Ruart holds a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Surdu has 10 wins and 0 loss and will make his promotional debut at “BRAVE CF 36.”

“He is young and aggressive,” Ruart said of Surdu. “He has confidence because he has not faced a beast in the cage yet. His confidence will not be the same on Monday for sure.”


On December 7, 2019, Ruart made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 31” at the Sibaya Casino in Durban, South Africa. He knocked out Ibrahim “Ibra Kumite” Mane, 31, of France.

“It is a lot more professional, a lot more international,” Ruart said of BRAVE CF. “Everything is set up perfectly so we, the fighters, we just have to think about the fights. (We just need to) fight good and that’s it and the organization takes care of everything so that’s a really good thing for the fighters.”

“(BRAVE CF pays) more money, too,” Ruart added. “So yeah, everything is better, of course, everything is better.”

During the quarantine time due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ruart spent his time training while waiting for his next fight. He also spent time with his kids.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Ruart felt lucky because he was able to train in the gym in his place, something many MMA fighters in other parts of the world could not do because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the French-Swiss MMA fighter is ready to earn his second win in BRAVE CF.

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