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If a list was to be made of the most promising European prospects in MMA, 20-year-old Mochamed Machaev is likely to feature. Nicknamed “The Beast“, the Vienna-based fighter is undefeated with a professional record of 8-0 and at such a young age, has already proven himself as a potential star for BRAVE CF.
This summer, Machaev relocated to Stockholm, Sweden to train at Allstars Training Centre, one of the best known MMA facilities in Europe. “I picked this gym because my manager recommended it to me and later invited me, to train with the best,” Machaev told Euro MMA Hub. Two weeks into his training camp, he was offered to fight Ciprian Maris at BRAVE CF 36.
“I agreed immediately. I have no concern at all, I am confident in all my tools and abilities, working every day and making the most out of this camp, leaving no day without sharpening my tools or working makes me feel assured. Everything I’ve done here has prepared me not only to become ready for warfare, but to come out victorious,” Machaev explained, who is no rookie when it comes to last-minute fights, as 5 of his 8 professional bouts have been on short notice. “I never underestimate my opponents, which is just another reason why I take my training so seriously. The harder I train will make the fight easier.“
At Allstars Training Centre, Machaev trained with the newfound Swedish UFC star, Khamzat Chimaev, and like many others, he couldn’t praise him enough. “To introduce Khamzat to fight fans, all I can say is, he will be UFC Champion. He ruthlessly dominates any opponent in his way. He is the definition of hard work. There is no magic to why he’s so good, only hard work!“
Multiple short-notice fights forced Machaev to go up a weight class or even two in his career. With fights won at bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight, Machaev would like to continue his career in the 135 lbs division, with plans to eventually capture the BRAVE CF gold. “My weight class where I am going to take over in the future is bantamweight. The BRAVE CF championship belt is what I want as soon as the possibility is given to me.“
After going 2-0 in Austrian Fight Challenge bouts, Machaev created a solid fanbase in the Czech Republic after winning short-notice fights over undefeated local prospects, Tomas Kvapil and David Kohout, and eventually got the attention of battle-tested Czech MMA veteran, Jaroslav Pokorny. The fight between Machaev and Pokorny undoubtedly ranked as one of the most anticipated fights on the Czech MMA scene with crisp trash talk between the two and the never-ending question of youth versus experience. Machaev won their contest by a second round TKO, when the fight was stopped due to a knee injury to Pokorny.
Following another victory under Czech promotion XFN, 20-year-old Machaev made his BRAVE CF debut on the last pre-pandemic card in January when he fought Matjaž Vičar to a unanimous decision win. He now looks to extend his 8 fight win streak as he faces Romanian MMA veteran Ciprian Maris (16-7) on Monday July 27 at BRAVE CF 36.