BRAVE CF 61 delivers world-class fights led by Joilton Lutterbach’s TKO win over Grabinski


Sportsmanship, brotherhood and camaraderie were the seams that held Germany’s first-ever BRAVE CF event together at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, Germany. BRAVE CF 61 – in association with the main local promotion, NFC (National Fighting Championship) – was a resounding success for German mixed martial arts as 20 local and international fighters honored their opportunity to perform at the highest level. For the complete and official results, you can go here.

The BRAVE CF and NFC athletes’ desire to give it their all was evident as only three fights ended early, with the other seven all ending in hard-fought unanimous decision victories as the Warriors on the losing side refused to give an inch.

One of the early arrivals was the main event as history repeated itself when German-Brazilian Joilten Lutterbach put the Super Lightweight division on notice when he again defeated his old opponent, Germany’s Marcel Grabinski by technical knockout in the first round.

Lutterbach started like a house on fire with powerful shots absorbed by Grabinski who looked lethargic in his approach. After those early exchanges, Grabinski suffered a bloody cut above his right eye, prompting Lutterbach to wrap up. Lutterbach continued to power his jabs through Grabinski’s raised guard before a telltale right and left hook dropped the latter, spelling the end for Grabinski. Lutterbach pounced on Grabinski as he bombarded to the canvas, reigning over the punches before the referee called a stoppage of the fight.

Joilton then delivered a simple but powerful message to defending 165-pound BRAVE CF champion Eldar Eldarov.

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“Eldarov, I’m coming for you! exclaims a euphoric Lutterbach.

The co-main event contestants raised their hands for the “fight of the night” as Max Coga and Zafar Mohsen showcased a three-round absolute war in their 69-kilogram heavyweight bout. Coga was the clear favorite as chants of “Coga” echoed through the lobby of the sold-out Maritim Hotel. Something reminiscent of the hit movie “The Kickboxer” when fans shouted “Nok Su Kao!” (The White Warrior) in support of Kurt Sloane by Jean Claude van Damme.

It was a high octane barn burner fight with Coga being the more aggressive and sharp athlete as the fight was played on the feet with a few takedown and submission attempts during the fight. Each round ended with Coga earning huge favor with the judges as he finished them all strong. In the final round, the former NFC Featherweight Champion nearly put Mohsen to sleep before the latter pulled away safely with just under 50 seconds left.

Coga then cemented his dominance with a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision victory and remains in line for another shot at the NFC Featherweight title after his original opponent, current champion Mert Özyildirim retired due to injury.

Germany’s Islam Dulatov and Brazil’s Kleverson Cruz staged a spectacular welterweight fight that didn’t make it past the first round after the popular and lanky Dulatov sent the crowd into a frenzy when he stopped the Brazilian in their NFC fight. Cruz threw all of his energy behind his punches and Dulatov – instead of defending himself – obliged and headed right into the fire with his opponent taking the heat before landing punches of his own before knocking out the Brazilian who was soon followed by a nice gesture of respect by both athletes after the fight.

In one of the previous main card fights, Bahrain’s Gamzat Magomedov extended his winning streak to five fights and once again proved why he is bantamweight royalty when he held a grappling clinic and fight against Serbian Borislav Nikolic beating him by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) before pleading with the BRAVE CF braintrust to give him a shot at the BRAVE CF Bantamweight title.

On the preliminary card, South African Chad Hanekom did well to weather the adversity of a late change of opponents and earn a unanimous decision victory over Poland’s Mateusz Janur before making the case for a another shot at the now vacant BRAVE CF Middleweight title.

BRAVE CF 61 was the first of a series of three events in Germany. The next event will take place on October 8 when the organization lands in Munich, while Düsseldorf will host BRAVE CF on December 17. For more information, visit

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