Matiss Zaharovs of Latvia and Ireland has earned his second victory in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion BRAVE Combat Federation. The undefeated Latvian-Irish MMA fighter was one of the “BRAVE CF 36” winners.
In partnership with Real Xtreme Fighting (RXF), BRAVE CF held “BRAVE CF 36” at Berăria H in Bucharest, Romania on July 27, 2020. In the first bout of the evening, Zaharovs fought Bilal “Borz” Tipsaev, 21, of Sweden in the bantamweight division.
Zaharovs used his defensive wrestling and striking game. The referee put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 2 minutes and 16 seconds in the third round when the Latvian-Irish contender knocked out Tipsaev via punches.
It was the third time Zaharovs knocked out an opponent in a professional MMA bout. Winning at “BRAVE CF 36” improved his professional MMA record to 4 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, Tipsaev now has 1 win and 1 loss. The Swedish MMA fighter made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 36.”
Including Ireland, Latvia and Sweden, 12 countries were represented at “BRAVE CF 36.” The others were Austria, Canada, France, Moldova, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.
Zaharovs solely represented both Ireland and Latvia. He trains at SBG Portarlington in Portarlington, County Laois, Ireland.
Tipsaev was the sole representative of Sweden. He trains at AllStars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden.
In the main event of the evening, kickboxer Cristi Constantinov, 23, of Bucharest made his professional MMA debut and BRAVE CF debut. He was submitted by Todd “The Black Hulk” Stoute, 36, of Trinidad and Tobago and Canada at a catch weight of 104kg.
In the co-main event, Kevin Ruart, 32, of France and Switzerland broke the undefeated record of Ion Surdu, 25, of Moldova and Romania when they competed in the welterweight division. The French-Swiss contender knocked out his Moldovan-Romanian opponent.
Originally from Daudzeva, Latvia, Zaharovs is now based in Kildare, Ireland. Competing professionally since 2018, he made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 29” on November 15, 2019 at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain where he knocked out Hussain “Iron” Ayyad, 26, of Bahrain.