Dy, Lausa eye Belarus bout in BRAVE CF

Published April 14, 2021, 3:39 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Jenel Lausa and Rolando Dy (BRAVE CF)

Filipino fighters Rolando Dy and Jenel Lausa are raring to seek redemption following their respective losses in BRAVE CF 47: Asian Domination at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa last month.

Moving on from their defeats, Dy and Lausa have set their sights on BRAVE CF 51 to be held at the Falcon Club Arena in Minsk, Belarus on June 4.

Dy, the 2020 BRAVE CF Fighter of the Year, remained optimistic despite falling to Kyrgyz foe Abdisalam Kubanychbek in the world lightweight title eliminator.

“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,” said Dy, the son of boxing legend Rolando Navarette. “I will be ready for the next one. I hope I will be back in action very soon.

“I haven’t been to Europe yet, and it’s enticing to fight over there. Belarus is a great starting point of my road to redemption. I won’t think twice about taking that offer to fight in Europe,” Dy added, who holds a 14-10 record.

Lausa, for his part, also threw his name in the card, saying that he is not discouraged at all after yielding to Ryskulbek Ibraimov of Kyrgyzstan in his much-awaited mixed martial arts comeback.

The Filipino former UFC fighter cited Octagon veteran Andrei Arlovski,  a Belarusian-American himself, as one of his MMA idols.

Arlovski is known for giving a name to Belarus by bagging the interim UFC heavyweight belt before the UFC recognized him as the undisputed world champion in 2005.

“He’s one of my idols. I admire how he (Arlovski) fights in the cage because he’s exciting and gives it all in every fight. It will be a dream come true if I get to fight where he started his career,” said the 32-year-old Lausa, who owns a 7-6 record.

BRAVE CF has yet to announced the bout lineup for BRAVE CF 51.