Fighters Cleared for M-1 Challenge 23; Card Streams Live Saturday


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

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

The Octagon will be back in use this Saturday, September 27, for UFC 178. The event will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. Headlining the event is a fly read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 6 views

The 22 fighters participating on the Bellator 129 fight card at the Mid-America Center in Iowa on October 17 officially weighed in on Thursday. read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 15 views

The 22 fighters participating on Saturday's UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2 fight card officially weighed in at Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

In episode No. 5 of “UFC 178 Embedded,” the fighters on Saturday’s card continue down their respective paths to fight night. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

MMA Fighting has UFC 178 results for the Johnson vs. Cariaso fight card Sept. 27, plus live coverage from Las Vegas, live blogs of all the fights, and live UFC 178 twitter updates.In the main event, read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

LAS VEGAS – Ahead of Saturday’s UFC 178 event in Las Vegas, MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan takes you inside the card.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC 178 main event may not make people turn back flips, but as a complete card, the schedule of fights could produce one of the best events this year. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mo read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

A final look at the Saturday, September 27th UFC 178 PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the highlights: Demetrious Johnson's flyweight title defense against Chris Cariaso, plus the UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

When a card is properly stacked with enough important fights by name fighters, blemishes disappear. They're still there, of course, but they take on a much more favorable complexion. The main event i read news >>