Matiss Zaharovs, 23, of Latvia and Ireland is one of the European mixed martial artists currently signed with BRAVE Combat Federation. Originally from from Aizkraukle, Latvia, he trains at Ryoshin Fight Team in Dublin, Ireland and lives in Kildare, Ireland.
Zaharovs made his professional MMA debut in 2018 and joined BRAVE CF in 2019. He shared, “I was really surprised that it was a Middle Eastern company.”
“I was expecting a European promotion,” Zaharovs continued. “When I found out more about the company, I was elated because it’s growing dramatically, very fast for an MMA company.”
On November 15, 2019, Zaharovs made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 29” at the Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain. He knocked out Hussain “Iron” Maki, 27, of Manama, Bahrain.
On July 27, 2020, Zaharovs earned his second victory in BRAVE CF. He knocked out Bilal “Borz” Tipsaev, 22, of Sweden at “BRAVE CF 36” at in Bucuresti, Romania.
On March 25, 2021, Zaharovs had his first ever BRAVE CF loss, which was also his first loss as a professional MMA fighter. He lost via unanimous decision to Gamzat Magomedov, 26, of Russia at “BRAVE CF 49: Super Fights” at Arad Fort in Arad, Bahrain.
“I think I am the only Latvian fighter on the roster,” Zaharovs said. “They are on a different level. They are so far ahead of everybody in terms of running the show and the way that they look after the fighters. The list goes on pretty much.”
In association with Rukh Sport Management, BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 51: The Future is Here” at the Falcon Club Arena in Minsk, Belarus on June 4, 2021. With the promotion’s strategic effort to extend its reach across Europe and unearth more talents in the continent, Zaharovs hopes that his fellow Latvians will be visible on the promotion’s radar soon.
“They have yet to do a show in Dublin but I do agree that they are taking over Europe,” Zaharovs stated. “They got pretty solid Europeans on the roster. I believe it won’t be too long before probably another one or two will get signed from Latvia.”