This is Ion Surdu’s message to Kevin Ruart before ‘BRAVE CF 36’ in Bucharest, Romania

Kevin Ruart, Ion Surdu

Ion Surdu, 25, of Moldova and Romania will make his BRAVE Combat Federation debut at “BRAVE CF 36.” It will be his 11th professional mixed martial arts bout and he will put his undefeated record on the line.

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, Surdu will compete in the welterweight division against Kevin Ruart, 32, who is fighting out of France by way of Switzerland.

On July 25, 2020, I interviewed Surdu via Zoom app and he responded to my questions with the help of a translator. When I asked the Moldovan-Romanian MMA fighter give a message to Ruart and his fans, he simply gave a short one.

“To my opponent, after the cage is locked, it’s gonna be just the two of us,” Surdu said. “To my fans, just watch me. “I’m gonna give you my 100 percent and I’m gonna do a spectacular fight.”

Right before talking to Surdu, I also interviewed Ruart via Zoom and the French-Swiss contender said he is going to be the first fighter to beat the undefeated Moldovan-Romanian MMA fighter. I asked Surdu for his reaction to Ruart’s statement.

“All my previous opponents said the same,” Surdu revealed. “I am used to it.”


Born on April 27, 1995, Surdu was originally from Serpeni, Moldova. When he was 16 years old, he moved to Cluj-Napoca, Romania to continue his studies and felt in love with the place so he remained there.

Surdu has been competing professionally since 2016. Before joining BRAVE CF, he competed in the Ultimate Fighting Tournament, MMA Pro Ukraine, Romanian Mixed Martial Arts Federation, Eagles Fighting Championship and RXF.

“It’s my debut in BRAVE,” Surdu said. “So far, so good. They are very organized. They have a good schedule.”

Currently, Surdu holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 0 loss. He told me that BRAVE CF has “a lot great fighters so I’m glad to be here and I can’t wait to fight.”

The five most recent wins of Surdu were all via technical knockout via punches. The most recent one was at “RXF 37” on December 16, 2019.

During the quarantine period due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Surdu still tried to find ways to continue his training like almost all MMA fighters around the world. He said, “It was boring during the isolation because I’m an active person but I stayed home.

“I tried to keep in shape all the time so I basically (did nothing but) eat, drink and work,” Surdu shared. He ran on the stairs of his apartment, brought heavy bags in his room, which he always smashed and probably annoyed his neighbors, he said.

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