Lightweight Sam Patterson scores upset victory at Brave CF 55

Last weekend’s Brave CF 55 card in Rostov-On-Don was stacked with hometown Russian talent, but it was English lightweight prospect Sam Patterson that scored one of the night’s most impressive victories.

Patterson (now 8-1-1) entered the night on a three-fight win streak in Brave, but was the pre-fight underdog to promotional debutante Kamil Magomedov (now 14-2).

Magomedov’s southpaw stance caused “The Future” some problems from the opening bell. The Russian immediately started throwing body and high kicks to the open side, while Patterson stayed patient early and used his long frame to try and maintain distance. The Englishman was able to stuff a telegraphed takedown attempt midway through the round, but was taken down with a minute left when Magomedov timed a double-leg takedown as Patterson threw a right hand.

Patterson opened the second round more aggressively but still struggled with Magomedov’s kicks from southpaw, until an excellent takedown put Patterson on the mat again. Magomedov was able to take the Englishman’s back and get both hooks in before ending up in half guard, and nearly was able to take the back again before Patterson managed to get to his feet against the fence. The Russian allowed no space to break away and dropped for Patterson’s hips, but Patterson snatched a guillotine that eventually forced Magomedov to tap.

This was just the second loss of Magomedov’s pro career, and the fourth submission (third by guillotine) win for Patterson.

While the Englishman had his struggles on the feet with Magomedov’s stance and kicks, the poise he showed at twenty-five years old and the speed with which he was able to lock up that guillotine were both excellent signs for his development. He clearly wasn’t fazed by either his underdog status or the home support of his opponent; of the four non-Russian fighters on this card in Rostov-On-Don, Patterson was the only one to walk away with a victory.

This win now puts Patterson on a four-fight win streak with three finishes. He fought Ahmed Amir to a split-draw at Brave CF 23 in 2019, but the only loss of his pro career came back in 2017 at Brave CF 9 in his debut for the promotion and his four pro fights outside of Brave were all stoppage wins.

The 6’4” Patterson is massive for the lightweight division in addition to being an exciting finisher, and this victory could very well set him up for a shot at recently crowned lightweight champion Ahmed Amir in a rematch of their 2019 bout.