Afghan out, Kyrgyz in vs Lausa in BRAVE

Published March 10, 2021, 2:51 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photo from BRAVE CF

Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa will be facing a new opponent in his BRAVE Combat Federation debut Thursday, March 11.

In a last-minute decision, BRAVE announced Tuesday, March 9, that Rahmatullah Yousufzai of Afghanistan has withdrawn from his three-round flyweight bout against Lausa in BRAVE CF 47: Asian Domination in Bahrain.

Replacing Yousufzai is Ryskulbek Ibraimov of Kyrgyzstan, who was initially scheduled to face Kazakhstan’s Asu Almabaev in the same card. BRAVE did not disclose the reason for the fighters’ withdrawal.

Ibraimov, who holds an 18-8 record on top of six submissions and three knockouts, rides on a seven-match win streak since April 2019 before taking his act to the Bahrain-based promotion.

The Kyrgyz warrior only lost once in his last 12 fights in different promotions since March 2018.

Lausa, for his part, is hoping for a career turnaround with a fresh start in BRAVE with a 7-5 record.

A UFC veteran, the 32-year-old Filipino last saw action in the Octagon in June 2018 and suffered defeat at the hands of Japanese foe Yuta Sasaki in UFC Fight Night 132.

Known as “The Demolition Man,” he scored a unanimous decision victory over Chinese opponent Zhikui Yao in November 2016 for a successful UFC debut but experienced several setbacks from then on with three straight losses for the next two years.

BRAVE CF 47: Asian Domination is set to headline a lightweight world title eliminator between Filipino star Rolando Dy, son of boxing legend Rolando Navarrete, and Abdisalam Kubanychbek of Kyrgyzstan.