MIXED martial arts fighter Rolando “Dy Incredible” Dy of the Philippines treks back to the Brave Combat Federation stage today in a lightweight title eliminator fight against New Zealand’s John “Trouble” Brewin.
His second fight in his return to lightweight, 29-year-old Dy (13-9) looks to better position himself for a shot at another title at “Brave CF 44” happening at the Bahrain National Stadium.
The Filipino took the fight in two weeks’ notice after Mr. Brewin’s original opponent Sam Patterson withdrew because of injury.
Mr. Dy, who last fought in Brave in September, does not see the short notice as being much of a problem since he has kept himself in shape.
He also said he is banking on his experience as a fighter as he goes up against his Kiwi opponent.
“I went to Brave to win another title in a different weight class. The fight is the same as my other fights. It was on two weeks’ notice and I’m a replacement opponent. I have nothing to lose and the pressure is on him (Brewin),” said Mr. Dy in his session with Tiebreaker Vods’ The Hit List on Monday.
“I think I have the advantage over him as far as experience. I have fought at the highest level and held a title. He has never fought a puncher like me,” added the former Abu Dhabi Warriors featherweight champion.
In his last fight, Mr. Dy hacked out a split decision win over Polish Maciek Gierzewski.
The victory snapped for him a two-fight losing streak.
At Brave CF 44, Mr. Dy will battle Mr. Brewin (5-1), who is currently riding a two-fight winning streak which earned him the promotion’s breakout fighter of the year award for 2019.
He, too, defeated Mr. Gierzewski in his last fight in November last year by way of submission (armbar).
Mr. Dy said there is no denying what Mr. Brewin would be bringing to the fight, but he expressed his readiness for it.
“Brewin is a complete fighter. He’s tall, grinder and has a lot of stamina, but I am also a complete fighter. I really don’t mind where he brings the fight. I know I can adjust anywhere the fight goes,” he said.
Brave CF 44 is headlined by the lightweight world title fight between defending champion Cleiton “Predator” Silva and top contender Amin “Fierceness” Ayoub. In the co-main event, top welterweights in former champion Abdoul Abdouraguimov and Louis “Spartacus” Glismann collide.
Founded in 2016, Brave, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has made headway in bringing top-class MMA action to different parts of the globe. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo