by Peter Knox
Wanderlei Silva has commented that Brave Combat Federation is the return of the Pride Fighting Championship.
He was responding to the statement made by Bertrand Amoussou. Amoussou, President of the French MMA sanctioning body, compared Brave Combat Federation to Pride Fighting Championships. This was followed by overwhelming support from major fighters who were a part of Pride FC. Former Pride champion and MMA legend, Wanderlei Silva recently said that the focus of Brave Combat Federation upon fighters and the sport itself is a reminiscent of Pride FC.
Wanderlei Silva was closely associated with Brave Combat Federation attending the events held in Brazil and Bahrain. Silva has also visited and trained in the KHK MMA Gym during his stay in Bahrain.
“Brave Combat Federation doesn’t really rely on wins and losses to measure the value of an athlete. It’s more about who leaves everything inside the cage, those who fight with a lot of heart. If a fighter has a good performance, leaves it all in the cage but doesn’t win, still he’ll be back for Brave. That’s what it was like in Japan, and that’s why fighters always gave everything they had there. That’s what is setting Brave apart from other events”, claimed Silva.
Another former Pride FC fighter associated with Brave also voiced his opinion on the comparisons. Cristiano Marcello, head coach of CM System said that the greatest asset for Brave CF is their bond with fighters and gyms, much like Pride FC back in the day. “Brave has been very good to us, and they’re a partner to the fighters. But not only that, they make sure they have a good relationship with gyms as well. If there are no gyms, there are no fighters. And if there are no fighters they don’t have a show to run. So they nurture good relations all around, which is something that Pride FC did very well with the big gyms here in Brazil”, said Marcello, who’s the only fighter to appear on Pride, UFC, and The Ultimate Fighter.
Brave Combat Federation is set to make entry into Europe on June 9 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland with Brave 13: Europe Evolution.