At BRAVE CF 44, lightweight gold was on the line and four new athletes debuted for the promotion.
Fan-favorite Abdoul Abouraguimov also returned to action, and UFC fans might have caught a familiar face in Rolando Dy.
With the event now etched in the history books, MMA-Prospects takes a look at how this impacted our independent rankings.
Entering at #10 in the bantamweight rankings is former M-1 Challenge standout and newest BRAVE signing Bair Shtepin (9-3), who breaks into the rankings following his spectacular spinning back kick victory over Gerson Pereira (12-8) at BRAVE CF 44.
Previously ranked prospect Bernardo Sopai (8-1) slips out of the top 10 rankings with the new addition, which is unfortunate, as it was originally Sopai lined up to fight Pereira.
The quality of opponents that Shtepin faced in Russia earned him his spot on the rankings, but you can’t help but wonder if he and Sopai are destined to cross paths soon.
UFC veteran Rolando Dy (14-9), previously ranked #9, has been moved to the lightweight rankings following his bout up a weight class, opening his spot for Shoaib Yousaf (7-2).
The Englishman has gone 1-1 at 145 pounds. He last competed in August, losing to the top-ranked Mochamed Machaev (10-0).
Newly crowned Amin Ayoub (15-4) was ranked second at super lightweight, but he dropped the extra 10 pounds to challenge then-champion Cleiton Silva (15-3) for his lightweight title.
Ayoub rockets to #1 with the win, naturally, while Silva moves down to second in the rankings after losing his title.
Rolando Dy (14-9) makes a huge leap, going from #9 at featherweight to #4 at lightweight; back-to-back wins over John Brewin (6-2) and Maciek Gierszewski (7-6) have positioned the Filipino very well at 155 pounds, and he’ll be looking to chase down a title shot soon.
The loss sees Brewin drop from #3 in the division to #6.
Anas Siraj Mounir (7-1), previously ranked #10, would have fallen from the rankings after this movement anyway, but left the promotion to compete in the incredibly-named Human Fighting Championship earlier this month.
Sameer Siraj (5-0) has also slipped out of the Top 10. However, it’s expected that he’ll be looking to bounce back into action soon.
With Ayoub capturing the title at lightweight, all athletes ranked under him move up one spot in the line. Like with Anas, Dwight Brooks’ (2-0) appearance on HFC 1 has led to his removal from the BRAVE rankings.
With #9 and #10 now opened up, a pair of Brazilians in 39-year-old Joao Paulo Rodrigues (39-20-2) and Alex Nacfur (7-4) break the top 10, despite both having losing records with the promotion.
Abdoul Abouraguimov (12-1) once again showed why he’s one of the best in the world with a tremendous rout over Louis Glismann (7-2). However, Abdoul is still held at second-ranked behind the champion, Jarrah Hussein Al-Silawi (15-3). With each owning a victory over the other, fans might be wise to expect a rubber match is coming soon, especially with each earning a fresh victory over the past two months.
Formerly 6th-ranked Glismann slips one spot behind Ibrahim Mane (8-3) following the loss.
Mzwandile Hlongwa (6-1) made an impressive statement against newcomer Dominik Schober (11-9) at BRAVE 44, scoring a stoppage victory after the second round. The win sees him leap past Chad Hanekom into the Top 5 of the division.
Following his third straight fight in UAE Warriors, Tarek Suleiman (10-7) has been removed from his #7 spot in the rankings. Replacing him at the bottom of the table is Vasile Suprovici (3-3), a Romanian who was victorious in his Brave debut in November of last year.
While MMA-Prospects would love to add “The Killing Machine,” Enrico Cortese (7-2), instead, his duo of Brave fights have taken place north of 185.
BRAVE CF 45 is scheduled to take place on November 12 and will be headlined by MMA-Prospects’ #2 ranked heavyweight Zvonimir Kralj (7-3) dropping down to challenge the site’s #2 ranked light heavyweight, Mohamed Said Maalem (10-3).
Also competing on the card is Abdysalam Kubanychiev (15-3), who’ll be fighting a little north of his lightweight spot to take on Moldovan ace Valeriu Mircea (25-6-1) in the latter’s BRAVE debut.
Make sure to check out MMA-Prospects after all the action concludes to see how that shakes up each of the divisions.