Zayats defeats Vanttinen by decision in M-1 Challenge 82 main event

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

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HELSINKI, Finland (August 6, 2017) – Russian light heavyweight Mikhail Zayats defeated Marcus “Caveman” Vanttinen by unanimous decision in last night’s M-1 Challenge 82 main event, which headlined the first M-1 Global event held in Finland during the last nine years.

Darth

Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0) returned to an M-1 Global-promoted event for the first time in nearly six years. The Russian strongman see pictured below), who had fought the past few years in Bellator, ruined the night for local favorite Vanttinen (24-6-0, M-1: 2-3-0), one of six Finnish fighters on the Helsinki card.

 

International fighters represented nine different countries: Russia, Finland, Brazil, USA, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ukraine and Sweden.

Finnish bantamweight Janne “Jambo” Elonen-Kulmala (15-5-1, M-1: 0-0-1) and Brazilian veteran fighter Heilton (Dos Santos) Davella (15-6-1, M-1: 0-1-1) fought to a three-round split-draw, Finnish flyweight Mikhail “Hulk” Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Vitali Branchuk (22-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), of Ukraine.

Russian lightweight prospect Pavel Gordeev (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) and Ukrainian welterweight Alexander “Iron Capture” Butenko (44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), respectively, won three-round unanimous decisions over Brazilian Michel “Sassarito” Silva (18-7-0, M-1: 0-2-0) and American Keith “The One” Johnson (12-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0).

Also on the main card, Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa (15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) made a successful M-1 debut with a first-round technical knockout victory of Portugal’s Aires Bendrouis (10-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0).

On the preliminary card, Swedish bantamweight Son Le “Buddah” Binh (5-3-0, M-1: 1-2-0) lost a three-round unanimous decision to Oleg Lichkovakha (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), fighting out of Russia, and Ukrainian heavyweight Boris “Bora” Polezhay (17-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0) defeated Finland’s Toni Valtonen (27-16-0, M-1: 6-3-0) by decision.

Russian middleweight Ruslan Shamolov (3-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0) stopped American “Motown” Moses Murrietta (5-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0) in the opening round, French lightweight Arnaud Kherfallah (4-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0) used a guillotine choke to force Patrik Pietila (8-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Finland, to tap-out in round one, and Russian flyweight Akaki Khorava (2-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0) tapped out in the second round as his Swiss opponent, Frederico “Muskito” Gutzwiller (3-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0), locked on an arm-bar.

In M-1’s popular Medieval Fight, Ukrainian heavyweight Vladimir Nicheporenko defeated Russian Yuro Slobodyanik by way of a first-round knockout.

Zayats

Mikhail Zayats was too much for Marcus Vanttinen

HELSINKI, Finland (August 6, 2017) – Russian light heavyweight Mikhail Zayats defeated Marcus “Caveman” Vanttinen by unanimous decision in last night’s M-1 Challenge 82 main event, which headlined the first M-1 Global event held in Finland during the last nine years.

Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0) returned to an M-1 Global-promoted event for the first time in nearly six years. The Russian strongman see pictured below), who had fought the past few years in Bellator, ruined the night for local favorite Vanttinen (24-6-0, M-1: 2-3-0), one of six Finnish fighters on the Helsinki card.

International fighters represented nine different countries: Russia, Finland, Brazil, USA, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ukraine and Sweden.

Finnish bantamweight Janne “Jambo” Elonen-Kulmala (15-5-1, M-1: 0-0-1) and Brazilian veteran fighter Heilton (Dos Santos) Davella (15-6-1, M-1: 0-1-1) fought to a three-round split-draw, Finnish flyweight Mikhail “Hulk” Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Vitali Branchuk (22-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), of Ukraine.

Jambo

 “Jambo” nails Davella (L) Silander made hometown fans happy

 

Silander

(L) Silander made hometown fans happy

Russian lightweight prospect Pavel Gordeev (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) and Ukrainian welterweight Alexander “Iron Capture” Butenko (44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), respectively, won three-round unanimous decisions over Brazilian Michel “Sassarito” Silva (18-7-0, M-1: 0-2-0) and American Keith “The One” Johnson (12-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0).

Gordeev

Gordeev is a promising prospect (L) Butenko and Johnson put on a good show.

Also on the main card, Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa (15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) made a successful M-1 debut with a first-round technical knockout victory of Portugal’s Aires Bendrouis (10-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0).

Valamaa

 Valamaa celebrated

On the preliminary card, Swedish bantamweight Son Le “Buddah” Binh (5-3-0, M-1: 1-2-0) lost a three-round unanimous decision to Oleg Lichkovakha (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), fighting out of Russia, and Ukrainian heavyweight Boris “Bora” Polezhay (17-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0) defeated Finland’s Toni Valtonen (27-16-0, M-1: 6-3-0) by decision.

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Russian middleweight Ruslan Shamolov (3-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0) stopped American “Motown” Moses Murrietta (5-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0) in the opening round, French lightweight Arnaud Kherfallah (4-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0) used a guillotine choke to force Patrik Pietila (8-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Finland, to tap-out in round one, and Russian flyweight Akaki Khorava (2-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0) tapped out in the second round as his Swiss opponent, Frederico “Muskito” Gutzwiller (3-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0), locked on an arm-bar.

In M-1’s popular Medieval Fight, Ukrainian heavyweight Vladimir Nicheporenko defeated Russian Yuro Slobodyanik by way of a first-round knockout.

Complete results below:

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

MAIN CARD

MAIN EVENT – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

Mikhail Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0), Russia

WDEC3

Marcus Vanttinen (24-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), Finland lbs. (kg)

WELTERWEIGHTS

Juho Valmaa (14-4-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Finland

WTKO1 (4:52 – referee stoppage)

Aires Bendrouis (10-5-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Portugal

Alexander Butenko (44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), Ukraine

WDEC3

Keith Johnson (12-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), USA

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Pavel Gordeev (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia

WDEC3

Michel Silva (18-7-0, M-1: 0-2-0), Brazil

BANTAMWEIGHTS

Janne Elonen-Kulmala (15-5-1, M-1: 0-0-1), Finland

D3

Heilton (Dos Santos) Davella (15-6-1, M-1: 0-1-1), Brazil

FLYWEIGHTS

Mikael Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Finland

WDEC3

Vitali Branchuk (22-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), Ukraine

PRELIMINARY CARD

 

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Boris Polezhay (17-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0), Ukraine

WDEC3

Toni Valtonen (27-16-0, M-1: 6-3-0), Finland

MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Ruslan Shamilov (3-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia

WKO1 (3:10)

Moses Murrietta (5-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), USA

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Arnaud Kherfallah (4-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), France

WSUB1 (4:22 – guillotine choke)

Patrik Pietila (8-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Finland

BANTAMWEIGHTS

Oleg Lichkovakha (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia

WDEC3

Son Le Binh (5-3-0, M-1: 1-2-0), Sweden

FLYWEIGHTS

Frederico Gutzwiller (3-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Switzerland

WSUB2 (1:59 – armbar)

Akaki Khorava (2-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Georgia

MEDIEVAL FIGHT

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5

Vladimir Nicheporenko, Ukraine

WKO1 (1:22)

Yuri Sloboyanik, Russia

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