New Jersey’s Tom Gallicchio (file photo) challenges for M-1 gold Saturday. | Joe Harrington/Sherdog.com


Russian promotion M-1 Global is officially set to lead off its 2011 campaign, as all but one competitor for Saturday’s M-1 Challenge 23 “Guram vs. Grishin” made weight Friday in Moscow.

Only New Jersey-based Brazilian Plinio Cruz missed his mark, initially weighing in at 187.25 pounds for his middleweight matchup with Russian striker Magomed Sultanakhmedov (185). According to a statement from the promotion, Cruz was granted an additional two hours to shed the weight.

The show, which takes place at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between unbeaten champion Guram Gugenishvili (244) and challenger Maxim Grishin (227). The nine-fight main card streams live on M-1 Global’s official website (www.m-1global.com) beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT.

In the bill’s other title tilt, 170-pound ace Shamil Zavurov (168) looks to follow up on a 9-0 year in 2010 when he defends against incoming M-1 Selection Americas welterweight tournament champion Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio (169).

On the undercard, former middleweight champion Rafal “Kulturysta” Moks (168) drops to welterweight to take on Rashid Magomedov (170), while Russian lightweight standout Yuri Ivlev (153) will attempt to rebound from his first loss since 2008 against tough Chechen Mairbek Taisumov (155). Leading off the streamed portion of the card is a light heavyweight affair pitting once-beaten Polish prospect Tomasz “Giraffe” Narkun (202) against Russia’s Shamil Tinagadjiev.

M-1 Challenge 23 “Guram vs. Grishin” Weigh-in Results:

M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Title Bout
Guram Gugenishvili (244.25) vs. Maxim Grishin (227.5)

M-1 Challenge Welterweight Title Bout
Shamil Zavurov (168.25) vs. Tom Gallicchio (169.25)

Rashid Magomedov (170) vs. Rafal Moks (168.75)
Yuri Ivlev (153.25) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Magomed Sultanakhmedov (185) vs. Plinio Cruz (187.25)*
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (155.5) vs. Daniel Weichel (155)
Arsen Abdulkerimov (234.5) vs. Goncalo Salgado (308)
Igor Savelyev (201) vs. Byron Byrd (205.5)
Shamil Tinagadjiev (203.5) vs. Tomasz Narkun (202.5)
Maxim Bulakhtin (195.75) vs. Magomed Ismailov (195)
Vusal Bayramov (155) vs. Nikolai Kaushansky (152.75)

*Cruz was given an additional two hours to make weights.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Conor McGregor's UFC star power ascends with impressive stoppage

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Ireland’s Conor McGregor officially elevated himself to the top floor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship stratosphere Saturday night in his second-round technical knockout victory of Chad Mendes a read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71 Weigh-in Results: Heavyweights Headline with Mir vs. Duffee

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

The heavyweights officially take center stage at UFC Fight Night 71 on Wednesday in San Diego after Frank Mir and Todd Duffee made weight on Tuesday. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 21: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale Weigh-In Video Replay

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

The 16 fighters competing on The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale on Sunday officially weighed in on Friday in Las Vegas. read news >>

UFC 189: Russian MMA fighters predict McGregor vs. Mendes

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

Several fighters from M-1 Global and other notable promotions on the Russian MMA scene offered their thoughts on the UFC 189 main event between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes. On Saturday night, the read news >>

UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor Weigh-In Video Replay

  • 19 days ago
  • 26 views

The 22 fighters participating on the UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor pay-per-view event officially weighed in on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Hayder Hassan vs. Kamaru Usman booked for TUF 21 Finale on July 12

  • 21 days ago
  • 42 views

Season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has officially wrapped (recap here), and American Top Team (ATT) will send breakout star Hayder Hassan into the live finale against Blackzilians top pick Kamar read news >>

Cris Cyborg Makes Weight at Invicta FC 13, Drop to 135 Remains Possible

  • 21 days ago
  • 11 views

Cris “Cyborg” Justino officially made weight on Wednesday evening for her title defense against Faith van Duin. Cyborg is the Invicta FC featherweight champion, but that is not what people are intere read news >>

Ryan Jimmo, Hatsu Hioki among 14 fighters cut from the UFC

  • 22 days ago
  • 16 views

The UFC’s Reebok era has officially begun, but 14 fighters won’t experience it. Octagon veterans Ryan Jimmo, Robbie Peralta, Hatsu Hioki and Brian Ebersole are part of the long list of fighters recen read news >>

Pudzianowski returns against Peter Graham at KSW’s debut event in London

  • 24 days ago
  • 43 views

Top heavyweight star Mariusz Pudzianowski is officially scheduled to take part in the KSW: Road to Wembley event against Peter Graham. Top Polish promotion KSW is set to host their first internationa read news >>

Jose Aldo officially ruled out, Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes UFC 189 main event set

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

Those prayers were not answered. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, will not defend his 145-pound title against Conor McGregor at UFC 189, which takes place next read news >>