Filipino fighter Rolando Dy believes Kyrgyz star Abdysalam Kubanychbek might be the “toughest fighter” he will ever face.
Dy is set to lock horns with Kubanychbek in the headliner of BRAVE CF 47: Asian Domination on March 11, the first main event for BRAVE Combat Federation’s “Kombat Kingdom,” which will serve as world title eliminator against current champion Amin Ayoub (15-4) of France.
“He (Kubanychbek) is a top-rated fighter in his country and in Russia. If you have that kind of rating as a fighter, it means you’re a monster,” said Dy, who holds a 14-9 record. “I consider this fight as a very important fight.”
Kubanychbek, 26, for his part, is riding on a 9-0 win streak since December 2017 with an overall 17-3 record.
The Kyrgyz standout also had an impressive BRAVE CF resume, backing it up with a pair of first-round stoppages over Joao Paulo Rodrigues of Brazil and Vagif Askerov of Ukraine and a second-round submission victory against Jahongir Saidjamolov of Tajikistan in January.
Nonetheless, Dy, the son of boxing legend Rolando Navarrete, is banking on his “smarter” approach against the grappling background of Kubanychbek.
And unlike his last two fights, the Filipino lightweight rising star has come more prepared with a full training camp ahead of the March showdown.
The 29-year-old Caviteño etched his name back in the MMA scene since scaling up from the featherweight division, beating the likes of Maciej Gierszweski of Poland and John Brewin of New Zealand in a two-month span late last year.
“I will try my best to be the more active fighter. If there’s a chance to finish the fight in the first round, I will take it. If I have to go the distance and dominate him every round, then so be it. I will give everything I have to win,” said Dy.