Nikolay Nikolov, 24, of Varna, Bulgaria is making his debut in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion BRAVE Combat Federation at “BRAVE CF 56.” He currently holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 0 loss.
Featuring nine bouts, “BRAVE CF 56” at the BelExpo Centar in Belgrade, Serbia on December 18, 2021. In the second bout of the evening, Nikolov will fight Milos “Cvele” Cvetkovic, 27, of Serbia at a catch weight of 77kg.
Like Nikolov, Cvetkovic is also an undefeated MMA fighter and a BRAVE CF debutante. Fighting professionally since 2017, the Serbian contender has 4 wins and 0 loss.
From 2016 to 2017, Nikolov won 8 out his 9 fights in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, the international governing body for amateur MMA. On August 2, 2018, he made his professional MMA debut at “Max Fight 41” in Sveti Las, Bulgaria where he defeated his fellow Bulgarian fighter Mihail Nikolov via unanimous decision.
On November 17, 2018, Nikolay submitted Magomed Dadaev of Austria via rear-naked choke at “Vendetta 16” in Vienna, Austria. On March 16, 2019, Nikolay submitted his fellow Bulgarian MMA fighter Yanko Borisov at “Twins MMA 15” in Pernik, Bulgaria.
Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020, Nikolay went on hiatus. So did Cvetkovic.
“I was waiting for the right opportunity like BRAVE, to sign a contract with a big federation” Nikolay told me. “I didn’t want to waste my time with some small organization where I won’t be appreciated.”