The last couple of weeks, there have been multiple MMA events loaded with talent flying under the radar. One of these shows was BRAVE CF 54, which took place in Konin, Poland.
Many great fights were on this card. Mega-prospect and IMMAF standout Muhammad Mokaev (5-0) was in action, scoring a second-round submission over SBG Ireland´s Blaine O’Driscoll. Further, Ahmed Amir defeated Amin Ayoub for the BRAVE CF lightweight championship.
One fighter competing elsewhere on the card was watching the Amir/Ayoub fight very closely: Germany’s Mohamed Grabinski.
The 30-year-old Marcel Mohamed Grabinski (21-6) was expected to make his return to the cage twice before this year, when he was booked to face former BRAVE interim lightweight champion Lucas Martins (20-6) on June 4’s BRAVE CF 51 in what promised to be a great clash of experienced fighters. This fell through, minutes before the fight, due to Grabinski falling ill.
The second booking between Grabinski and Martins was for BRAVE CF 53, but this matchup was also cancelled.
So, in his third booking of 2021, Grabinski fought Mihail Kotruta on September 25 in Poland. The Moldovian fighter entered the fight with an impressive record of 13-1, and Grabinski told MMA-Prospects prior to the fight that he had great respect for Kotruta.
Even though Grabinski’s original opponent Lucas Martins lost at BRAVE CF 53 by second-round rear-naked choke to short notice replacement Olzhas Eskaraev (10-5), the two did not stop calling each other out as Grabinski’s fight neared.
On fight day, however, it was Kotruta whom Grabinski had to face.
The fight started out with both fighters getting their reads in the striking, but a power difference in favor of Kotruta was clearly visible; he was dropping heavy combinations and great leg kicks. With the round nearly over, it looked like a pretty clear 10-9 round for the Moldovian.
But with about 30 seconds left in the first round, Grabinski threw a three-punch combination ended with a left hook that stunned Kotruta. After that, the German did not let him off the hook, landing punches and knees in bunches until Kotruta went down. The fight was stopped with just three seconds remaining in the first round.
The former GMC (a German domestic promotion) lightweight and interim welterweight champion mentioned in his post-fight interview that he is very open to fight for the BRAVE CF title in the lightweight division — now held by the aforementioned Ahmed Amir.
He also voiced his contentment at staying at super lightweight (165 lbs), potentially challenging Eldar Eldarov for the undisputed championship.
Marcel also mentioned in a pre-fight interview with the great Phil Campbell, a English-language commentator for BRAVE CF, that he would like to fight for a title in his hometown of Düsseldorf in Germany.
BRAVE CF has announced three events in Germany in April of 2022.