Maksimovic upsets Dy, the Allakhverdien surpasses Jurkovic at Brave CF 56

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The 2021 Brave Combat Federation final event took place on Saturday evening in Belgrade, Serbia.

Brave CF 56 was titled by a light clash between Ultimate Fighting Championship former Rolando Dy and promotional newcomer Slobodan Maksimovic. Both fighters started the first round attacking with a variety of calf kicks and head kicks. When Maksimovic tried to move the action to the canvas, Dy (14-11-1, 1NC; 3-3, 1NC Brave) denied it. In the second frame, Maksimovic pulled off his shots before his Filipino opponent managed a well-executed two-legged takedown. The Serb quickly recovered and made his own withdrawal, which was quickly called off by Dy.

The fighters spent half of Round 3 fighting the fence until the referee separated them for inactivity. In the second half of the period, they exchanged blows in the center of the cage. The hardest shot went to Maksimovic, who also finished the fight over his opponent. When the dust settled, Maksimovic (18-6-1, 1-0 Brave) received 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 from the cage judges for a unanimous decision triumph. In his post-fight interview, the representative of the Elevation Fight Team called for official recognition by the Serbian government of mixed martial arts.

In the main co-event, Mikhail Allakhverdian secured a dominant unanimous verdict against Miro Jurkovic (11-5, 0-3 Brave) on his promotional debut. It took Allakhverdian (10-3, 1-0 Brave) a few minutes to make Jurkovic’s face a bloody web thanks to relentless eliminations followed by ground and pound action. Jurkovic showed great courage to survive the first frame and managed some good shots in the second round including a reverse elbow, but that wasn’t enough to stop Allakhverdian from setting the pace and inflicting more damage. The third frame was an emphatic statement from Allakhverdian, which sealed his victory on the scoreboards.

Elsewhere, Ahmed Labban (12-4, 3-0 Brave) inflicted on Nemanja Kovac (13-6, 0-2 Brave) his third straight loss after hitting his opponent with a smooth ninja choke at 1:32; at bantamweight, Borislav Nikolic (9-1, 1-1 Brave) defeated Matiss Zaharovs (4-2, 2-2 Brave) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after a close affair ; Jakob Nedoh (4-1, 1-0 Brave) crushed Zvonimir Kralj (7-5, 2-2 Brave) with a right-punch missile 50 seconds before their light heavyweight bout; Jovan Marjanovic (6-1, 1-0 Brave) fought off Tomek Langowski (3-1-1, 0-1 Brave) with punches after 91 seconds in Brave’s 175-pound division; Abdullah Al-Qahtani (4-0, 3-0 Brave) stopped Nejc Preloznik (3-3, 0-1 Brave) with a body kick followed by a series of punches 63 seconds into the third frame of their featherweight affair; welterweight, Nikolay Nikolov (4-0, 1-0 Brave) tapped Milos Cvetkovic (4-1, 0-1 Brave) with a bare back choke at 2:10 of the second set and the event opened with Miljan Zdravkovic (3- 0, 1-0 Brave) taking a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) against Ahmet Simsek (5-2, 0-1 Brave) in a bantamweight battle.

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