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Luan Santiago vs. Cleiton Silva will headline Brave 25 in Brazil

Luan Santiago (pictured) will defend his lightweight title in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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Brave Combat Federation’s return to Belo Horizonte, Brazil is official for Aug. 30, promotion officials told MMA Fighting. The card will be headlined by lightweight champion Luan Santiago vs. Cleiton Silva, while UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau faces Felipe Efrain in the co-main event. Brave 25 will take place at Minas Tenis Clube.

Santiago (14-3) headlined Brave’s last trip to Brazil in Belo Horizonte in April 2018, when he lost an incredible title fight to Lucas Martins due to injury with just four seconds left on the clock. “Miau” fought twice since, defeating Djamil Chan and then capturing the 155-pound gold with a spinning back elbow knockout over Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady.

Silva (14-2), a former Jungle Fight lightweight contender, stopped Ahmed Amir and Marcelo Bustos in his two appearances under the Brave banner in 2018.

Nicolau vs. Efrain, which was first reported by MMAjunkie, will be a bantamweight bout.

Nicolau (14-2-1) fought as a flyweight inside the Octagon, but was cut following a loss to Dustin Ortiz. The Brazilian, who competed at TUF Brazil 4 as a 135-pounder, moved back up after his UFC release and scored a first-round win over Alan Gabriel at Future MMA 5.

Efrain (13-4, 1 no-contest) challenged Stephen Loman for the Brave bantamweight title in his last bout in November, losing via decision. The one-time Rizin veteran holds a 3-2 record inside the Brave cage with all wins coming by way of knockout.