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Aleksander Emelianenko to headline M-1 Challenge on April 3

Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko, is slated to headline an M-1 Challenge event scheduled for April 3 in St. Petersburg, according to the website

The 15-bout card is scheduled to feature several team challenges with fighters representing Russia, Japan, Korea and Finland. Three “superfights” will also be included, with the younger Emelianenko taking on Fabio Maldonado, Roman Zentsov facing off with Junior “Cigano” do Santos, and Amar Suloev squaring off with Jacek Buczko.

The entire card is as follows:

    1. Marat Gelaev (Russia) vs. Yunus Evloev (Russia)

    2. Victor Nemkov (Russia) vs. TBA

    Main fights:

    Team Finland vs. Team Korea…

    3. Niko Puhakka (Finland) vs. Kim Jongman (Korea)

    4. Janne Tulirinta (Finland) vs. Lee Yonghoon (Korea)

    5. Lucio Linhares (Finland) vs. Lim Hyungyu (Korea)

    6. Toni Valtonen (Finland) vs. Choi Seunghyun (Korea)

    7. Jarno Nurminen (Finland) vs. Kim Jihoon (Korea)

    Team Russia vs. Team Japan…

    8. Yuri Ivlev (Russia) vs. Nakamura Daisuke (Japan)

    9. Islam Karimov (Russia) vs. Hamamura Ken (Japan)

    10. Ansar Chalangov (Russia) vs. Watanabe Yuta (Japan)

    11. Besike Gerinava (Russia) vs. Sakuragi Yuji (Japan)

    12. Ahmed Sultanov (Russia) vs. Fujii Katsuhisa (Japan)


    13. Amar Suloev (Russia) vs. Jacek Buczko (Poland)

    14. Roman Zentsov (Russia) vs Junior “Cigano” dos Santos (Brazil)

    15. Aleksander Emelianenko (Russia) vs. Fabio Maldonado (Brazil)

  • Evan says:

    wow…now that’s going to be a long day.

    I would really like to see Aleks in the US but I have never heard a clear answer on whether or not he legally can. Anyone know for sure?

  • Derek B. says:

    yes Evan Aleks can fight here in the states.

  • Evan says:

    “yes Evan Aleks can fight here in the states.”

    Ok cool. I had heard that his criminal record might be an issue. Thanks.

  • Brent says:

    “yes Evan Aleks can fight here in the states.”

    If he can get a special work visa dispensation, which takes time (or a bag full of money) – he’s an ex-convict.

  • Patrick says:

    He has a great style of winning fights called “pressure from the Russian mob”.

  • Evan says:

    Hey Sam…thought I would pass this along..not sure where else to post this…sorry. I tried your email but it bounced back.

    Pretty crazy stuff about Vera, cityboxing and Dana.

  • Derek B. says:

    “If he can get a special work visa dispensation, which takes time (or a bag full of money) – he’s an ex-convict.”

    You’d think that Russia would allow hiim to have his record erased since it’s been such a long time ago since it happened.

  • Jackyl says:

    I would love to see him more in the US. I’m not sure why the UFC hasn’t tried to get him, he’s a huge guy and would be a great asset to the heavyweight division. If not the UFC I hope the new Golden Boy/Affliction promo picks him up. Also, given Oscar De La Hoya’s relationship with HBO, I’m sure they’ll get a TV deal.

  • aleks will only get better, fighting win or lose he should come over to us of a and fight a little more.


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