This week’s Brave Combat Federation card will soldier on without one of its most anticipated matchups.
On Sunday morning, the Bahraini promotion announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship alum Lucas Martins (20-5), who was scheduled to meet Luan Santiago Carvalho (15-4) in the co-main event of Brave CF 41, has been forced to withdraw after suffering an undisclosed injury. As a consequence, the Denis Tiuliulin vs. Ikram Aliskerov middleweight battle has been promoted to the co-main event spot.
M-1 Global veteran Tiuliulin (8-4, 1 NC) is making his Brave debut on the strength of a three-bout winning streak, all three by TKO. Only one of his career wins has been by decision. Aliskerov (9-1) has amassed a record of 6-1 under the Brave FC banner. He made his promotional debut back in at Brave CF 6 in April 2007, tapping out Rufat Asadov with a guillotine choke in the first round.
Brave CF 41 will take place in the Kingdom of Bahrain on Sept. 17. The main event features middleweight champion Daniel Souza Pereira defending his title against Mohammad Fakhreddine. The card will also feature Cian Cowley taking on Ahmed Amir and Felipe Silva meeting Sam Patterson.