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Brazil’s Lucas Martins: I need to win this fight


Lucas “Mineiro” Martins, 32, of Brazil is a man on a mission. The former BRAVE Combat Federation Lightweight World Champion is eager to return to the win column at “BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here” at the Falcon Club in Minsk, Belarus on June 4, 2021.

Held in association with Rukh Sport Management (RSM), “BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here” is the first ever BRAVE CF event to take place in Belarus. In the main event of the evening, Martins will fight Marcel Grabinski, 29, of Germany in the lightweight division.

Lucas Martins (©BRAVE Combat Federation)
Lucas Martins (©BRAVE Combat Federation)

“First of all, I need to win this fight and after that my team and I will think about my next step,” Martins said. “But obviously, I want to fight for the belt not because of the belt itself but because that means I will be fighting with the best and that’s what I want to do.”

Coming off two losses in title fights, Martins admits his back is against the wall coming into the matchup with Grabinski. However, the Brazilian striker remembers that the last time he had two straight losses, he came back and dominated the opposition en route to his BRAVE CF world title.


“I’m used to dealing with pressure,” Martins declared. “It was at this stage with two straight losses that I reinvented myself and eventually became the BRAVE CF world champion. Now, it won’t be different.”

“My best version is coming at the worst stage of my career,” Martins continued. “I will put on the performance of a lifetime on Friday.”

Including Brazil, a total of 14 countries will be represented at “BRAVE CF 51: The Future Is Here.” It will be available live and free worldwide through BRAVE CF TV and also through local broadcasting partners in selected locations. 


BRAVE CF was founded on September 23, 2016 by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Among its rivals as the top MMA promotions in the world are the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipBellator MMA, Professional Fighters League and ONE Championship.

The reigning strawweight champion of ONE Championship is Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 25, of Baguio City, Philippines. His Team Lakay teammates and fellow ONE Championship athletes Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 27, and Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 24, are former BRAVE CF athletes.

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