Renan Secco will be looking to register his first win in the BRACE cage as the promotion heads back to Christchurch on the 1st of October.

The Brazilian born, New Zealand based fighter lost a close decision to Brogan Anderson in his promotional debut back in June. Far from discouraged though Secco’s motivation following his first career loss has him champing at the bit to get back into the cage.

“Bring on the main event of Brace New Zealand. I’m pretty stoked for the opportunity and I will be there hungry just like a wild wolf,” Secco told BRACE.

Secco, who is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has been on the mats since 2004 before making the transition into MMA in 2012. His professional record currently stands at 4-1.

His opponent, B.J “Quicksand” Bland is also a ground game connoisseur having finished four of his six victories inside the cage via submission. It makes for an intriguing match-up to say the least given Secco has finished all of his wins via submission. The welterweight however is just relishing the opportunity to fight someone who is experienced, can hold his own and is “not scared to fight anywhere.”

Despite being well versed in grappling, Secco is more than comfortable on the feet and has taken his training camp to Phuket Top Team in Thailand to ensure he is progressing as a well-rounded fighter going forward. Something he hopes to put on display at BRACE 43.

“Throughout the years I have got a lot of experience with the ground game, but as a proper fighter I should be able to be in different situations and still manage…I’m training to be a better fighter in all aspects.

“I came to Thailand to become a better fighter and to push harder in all disciplines…to ultimately become a better fighter.”

Catch all the action at BRACE 43 live in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday 1st of October. Tickets are available through Cosmic Ticketing with all fights being streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.