Following the announcement of BRAVE Combat Federation’s promotional debut in Belarus this coming June 4th, a pair of homegrown Pinoy mixed martial artists are hoping to be able to strut their wares at the historic upcoming event.
BRAVE CF 51 will emanate from the Falcon Club in Minsk.
Veteran Filipino fighters Rolando “The Incredible” Dy and Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa have both made it known that they would like to make the trip to Belarus and represent the Tri-Color later this year.
Both Dy and Lausa have represented the Philippines at the highest level of the sport, having competed in the UFC a few years back.
The 29-year old Dy, son of Filipino boxing legend Rolando Navarrette, is coming off a stoppage loss to top lightweight contender Abdisalam “Omok” Kubanychbek, while Lausa absorbed a unanimous decision loss to Ryskulbek Ibraimov on the same card back in March.
Now, Dy hopes to make his return to action soon, and has already called out another top lightweight contender in Egypt’s Amhed Amir. Once considered a the top contender in the lightweight division, Dy is aiming to get past his most recent setback and return to the top of BRAVE’s lightweight mountain.
“I have no other options but to get back up. I know the loss to Kubanychbek will make me a better fighter. I learned a lot from this loss more than I learned from my wins,” Dy said. “I will be ready for the next one. I hope I will be back in action very soon.”
The 29-year old possesses a 14-10 professional record and has competed all over the globe, but has yet to perform on European soil. Dy hopes that BRAVE’s first trip to Belarus will also mark his first time to compete in the continent.
“I haven’t been to Europe yet, and it’s enticing to fight over there,” Dy shared. “Belarus is a great starting point of my road to redemption. I won’t think twice about taking that offer to fight in Europe.”
Lausa, meanwhile, has his own reasons for wanting to be able to fight at BRAVE CF 51. A self-professed fan of Belarusian MMA pioneer and former UFC champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, Lausa says it would be a dream come true to perform in front of his idol’s home country.
“He’s one of my idols. I admire how he fights in the cage because he’s exciting and gives it all in every fight,” Lausa stated. “It will be a dream come true if I get to fight where he started his career.”
Like Dy, Lausa is also looking to get back on track. After coming up short in his promotional debut, the Iloilo native hopes to be able to pick up his first win under the BRAVE CF banner as well as arrest a four-fight losing skid.
“I think of it as a lesson. It will serve as an inspiration to push myself to the limit. I will triple my time in training. I’m not discouraged at all. I want to fight as soon as possible. Winning and fighting again will motivate me,” Lausa said.