On August 12, 2023, Colombia will play host to the first-ever Brave Pan American Combat Week, with Brave CF 73 taking place after days of competition in the IMMAF Pan American Championship.
The week of competition, celebration, and international attention within the sports community will put the South American country, once again, in the spotlight, joining the calendar of global sports events.
In the 80s, Colombia, which had hosted the 1971 Pan American Games and the 1982 FIBA Basketball World Cup, was in the news worldwide for the opposite reason: giving up on hosting the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which ended up being transferred to Mexico instead. Since then, it’s been a long journey to recover its prominence in the international sports stage.
In 2001, the country hosted soccer’s Copa America for the first time. The competition was also the first and only time that the Colombian National Team won the prestigious Continental Cup, with a 1-0 victory over Mexico in the final held in Bogota.
A decade later, in 2011, Colombia hosted the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. This time around, the national team didn’t end the competition with the title, being knocked out by Mexico in the quarter-finals. The title ended up with Brazil.
In 2016, it was the FIFA Futsal World Cup that landed in Colombia. This time around, the host national ended up with a disappointing campaign, leaving the tournament in the first knockout stage. South American neighbors Argentina ended up winning their first title.
Now, it’s time for Colombia to be the protagonist in the MMA world. Brave International Combat Week 2023 will see more than 110 athletes from all over America competing in the IMMAF Pan American Championship and dozens of top professional athletes from all over the world meeting inside the cage at Brave CF 73.
Brave CF 73, as well as the whole 2023 Brave Pan American Combat Week, takes place at the Coliseo El Salitre, in Bogota, Colombia. The main event of the evening will see a fight for the vacant bantamweight world title between USA’s Jose “Shorty” Torres and South Africa’s Nkosi “The Future” Ndebele.