Brave Rankings: Post-Brave CF 45 update – Mohamed Said Maalem takes top LHW spot

Mohamed Said Maalem has his hand raised. Credit: BRAVE CF.

With Brave CF 45 in the books, MMA-Prospects can now look at where that leaves all the fighters from the division. Fighters returned to the promotion after long layoffs in an attempt to break into the Top 10s of their division, while others fought hard to hold onto their numbers.

The main event featured the return of former UFC fighter Ian Entwistle (9-4), as he challenged Dumar Roa (15-8) in Brave’s super lightweight division, while the co-main event promised fireworks as MMA-Prospects’ #2-ranked heavyweight clashed with the number #2-ranked light heavyweight, as Zvonimir Kralj (7-4) took on Mohamed Said Maalem (11-3).

With only one of the professional fights making it’s way to the judges scorecards, a fun night of fights has resulted in some small changes to the positioning.

FLYWEIGHT

No change.

BANTAMWEIGHT

No change.

FEATHERWEIGHT

No change.

LIGHTWEIGHT

Previously just breaking the rankings at the number 10 spot, Abdysalam Kubanychiev (16-3) put on a beautiful performance against Azerbaijan’s Vagif Askerov (12-5), finishing the contest before the four-minute mark of the opening round.

It was a great demonstration from Kyrgyzstan’s Kubanychiev, but he doesn’t make any jumps in the division, coming very close to #9-ranked Alex Martinez (6-0) but, with his level of opponent, falling just shy.

SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT

The main event between Dumar Roa (15-8) and Ian Entwistle (9-4) was a lackluster one, with Entwistle immediately looking for his patented leg locks as Roa defended. The fight ultimately ended with Entwistle submitting due to an injury he picked up in the exchanges.

Yet, with a lack of competitors at super lightweight, the Colombian Roa is still able to break the rankings at an impressive position. Roa springs up to sixth in the division, mostly on the merit of his 2-1 Brave record and his experience at lightweight.

The addition to the rankings sees Alex Nacfur (7-4) fall from his spot.

WELTERWEIGHT

The return of Akhmed Magomedov (7-0) saw an immediate impact on the welterweight rankings. The Russian held a 2-0, 1 NC record in Brave before competing for Guerilla Fighting Championship last February.

A dominant victory over Abdul Azim Badakhshi (10-3), which saw all three judges give the nod to Akhmed’s dominant wrestling display, sees Magomedov’s entrance into the MMA-Prospects rankings at #5.

Magomedov’s addition sees Abdul-Rakhman Makhazhiev (9-5) drop from the top 10.

MIDDLEWEIGHT

No change.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Although just his debut pro fight, the second-round rear-naked choke by Murtaza Talha Ali (1-0) nets him #7 at light heavyweight. Belarus’ Vadim Litvin (4-2) was no match for Ali, who will be one to watch as he progresses in his career.

The big change here came at the hands of Mohamed Said Maalem (10-3), who engaged Zvonimir Kralj (7-4) in a slugfest in which he ultimately reigned supreme. Kralj was ranked #2 at heavyweight, and unless he decides to remain at the lower weight class, he’ll remain ranked where he is.

Maalem, however, leapfrogs Anton Turkalj (6-0) into first place at 205 lbs.

One must imagine something is brewing at light heavyweight, and it’d be a surprise to no one if Turkalj and Maalem do battle for the title in 2021.

HEAVYWEIGHT

No change.


BRAVE CF is yet to pencil in another event as of press time, so it’s unknown what kind of fights fans will see and how the rankings might be impacted when everything is said and done.

Make sure to keep an eye on MMA-Prospects to catch all of the results when they happen.