Jersey’s Tom Gallicchio (file photo) challenges for M-1 gold
Saturday. | Joe Harrington/Sherdog.com
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
The show, which takes place at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, will be
headlined by a heavyweight title bout between unbeaten champion
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”
On the undercard, former middleweight champion Rafal
“Kulturysta” Moks (168) drops to welterweight to take on
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
“Giraffe” Narkun (202) against Russia’s Shamil
M-1 Challenge 23 “Guram vs. Grishin” Weigh-in
M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Title BoutGuram
Gugenishvili (244.25) vs. Maxim
M-1 Challenge Welterweight Title BoutShamil
Zavurov (168.25) vs. Tom
Magomedov (170) vs. Rafal Moks
Ivlev (153.25) vs. Mairbek
Sultanakhmedov (185) vs. Plinio Cruz
Khasbulaev (155.5) vs. Daniel
Abdulkerimov (234.5) vs. Goncalo
Savelyev (201) vs. Byron Byrd
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.
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