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Lineups announced for M-1 Challenge final on Dec. 26

M-1 Global officially announced the matchups for the final of its M-1 Challenge series, which is scheduled for Dec. 26 in Seattle, Wash. at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino.

Squaring off in the first-ever M-1 championship will be the Russian Red Devil Team against Team Holland. Fighters representing the teams in five separate weight classes will go head-to-head with the first team to win three fights being declared the first-ever M-1 Challenge champion.

According to M-1, the lineup for the final is as follows: Mikhail Malutin (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Bogdan Christea (Team Holland) at lightweight; Erik Oganov (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Romano de slos Reyes (Team Holland) at welterweight; Dimitri Samoylo (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Jason Jones (Team Holland) at middleweight; Mikhail Zayats (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Kamil Uyghun (Team Holland) at light heavyweight; and Alexey Oleinik (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Jessie Gibbs (Team Holland) at heavyweight.

Olenik, who defeated Sherman Pendergarst during the first round of YAMMA’s heavyweight tournament this past April, will be replacing young Russian phenom Kiril Sidelnikov, who is now scheduled to face Paul Buentello during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24.

In addition to the Russian Red Devil vs. Team Holland final, Mactar Gueye (France), Tommy de Pret (Belgium), Mike Dolce (USA), Whi Cunhg Bae (Korea), Fysal Akabar (New Zealand), and Toni Valtonen (Finland) are all expected to compete on the card in “superfight” bouts that will be separate from the team championship.

  • Davey D says:

    This sounds like an awesome event. I wonder if they are going to plan more show’s in the United States? Would they consider Las Vegas?

    There are lot of question’s ahead for M-1 to decide just who exactly they care to do business with in the US. They could do their own thing and still co-promote with other org’s as well.

    Affliction has said they don’t exactly “need” Fedor in the media. He has since signed with them but I think if M-1 can put together a couple of show’s here. We could see Emelianenko on a card of their’s in Russia if not the US. They could have all three brother’s on one card. That would be kickass.

  • tyler says:

    If they planned a show in Las Vegas I’m sure the UFC would do everything they could to sabotage it.So I wouldn’t expect a Las Vegas event.

  • Austin says:

    Buentello will get destroyed by sidelnikov

  • Frank says:

    Bogdan Cristea vs Mikhail Malutan and Dmitriy Samoilov vs Jason Jones should both be fantastic fights. Its too bad we wont get to see Gibbs vs Kirill Sidelnikov. Gibbs is a beast and would be a good test for Kirill.


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