BRAVE NEWS: It’s a brave new world
Inspired by Germany’s 7-1, Timo Feucht aims Brave title and predicts new tragedy for Brazil
On July 8, 2014, Germany faced the host nation Brazil in the semifinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in a match that’s forever in the history of sports. In one of the most shocking results ever seen, the German squad performed nearly perfection and beat Brazil 7-1 in front of almost 60,000 people. The win paved the way for the country’s fourth World Cup title.
Three years after the biggest tragedy in Brazilian sports history, a German fighter wants to come to Brazil and impose another crushing defeat to the local fans. 21-year-old Timo Feucht is undefeated in his professional MMA career and is set to fight for Brave Combat Federation’s inaugural Light Heavyweight title against Brazil’s Klidson de Abreu in Curitiba.
Feucht spoke Germany’s MMA website “GNP1” and recalled the 7-1 match, promising another loss at home for the Brazilians.
“I will put it this way, having the fans behind you at home is always great and pushes you. But fighting for the Brave Light Heavyweight title is all the motivation you need. But on Brave 8, there will be another loss for Brazil, this time in MMA. We’re definitely not going to Brazil to come back in 2nd place. We want to bring back the gold to Leipzig”, says “Teddy”.
At just 21 years of age, Feucht has a unique opportunity in front of him. And while he sees a title fight as a win-win this early in his career, the Light Heavyweight prospect knows that a loss won’t set him back too much, although he’s planning to take home the gold.
“I always said I want to set my goals humbly but then you get such an opportunity with Brave. My intention is to move forward step by step and keep myself grounded. I don’t want to jump into something without thought and then end up going down in flames. It should be the right moment. Like you said, I am only 21 years old. I still have everything ahead of me. Even a loss wouldn’t take me down massively because I have all the time in the world make it up”, guarantees Feucht.
Brave president Mohammed Shahid details importance of Mexico and Brazil for the promotion’s future
Brave Combat Federation president Mohammed Shahid detailed his plans for the promotion’s future in an interview with Sherdog Radio’s Beatdown. As a guest of the show, Shahid shared his belief that the Mexican and Brazilian MMA scenes are instrumental in achieving Brave’s goal of becoming a truly global organisation.
In a lenghty interview with TJ De Santis, who will call Brave 7: Untamed live from Tijuana, on July 29th, which marks the promotion’s first incursion into Mexico, Mohammed Shahid claimed that Brave Combat Federation was conceived to give a true platform for MMA talents around the world to show their talents. And few countries have more up and coming fighters than Mexicans and Brazilians – who will have another platform on August 12th, as Brave 8: The Rise of Champions touches down in Curitiba.
“The model of mixed martial arts has become very business-orientated, it’s always about my brand, my event and whatnot. Promoters have been focusing on making the brand more lucrative and thinking about how they can sell it, and always looking for exit strategies. So here’s what we’re doing. We want to change the industry of MMA in the next three or five years. So the way to change it is very simple. We need to make MMA truly global and that is why we’re taking this thing to different countries and providing opportunities for fighters from Mexico and Brazil, for example. There are promotions who have global attention, but they don’t really provide a platform for fighters from different countries, and that’s what we’re doing, starting with those two countries”, commented Shahid.
Focusing on the fighters has been the difference between Brave Combat Federation and other promotions. However, Shahid would ideally like to change the promoters’s point of view on that and wants events to start putting the athletes first.
“Normally, being talented is not enough. You also have to be marketable. But Brave Combat Federation doesn’t care about that. As an event, we have to be brave and give a platform to talented athletes regardless of their upbringing, origin or marketing potential. If you’re talented and you need a platform to shine, you should join us”.