A full house celebrated the Grand Opening of M-1 Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (February 10, 2018) — Kazakhstan fighter Arman Ashimov upset Mikael “Hulk” Silander to capture the Interim M-1 Challenge flyweight title last night at M-1 Challenge 87, highlighted by the grand opening of M1 Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Representatives of 11 different countries were in action last night: Russia, Finland, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Switzerland, Ubekistan, Spain, France, Georgia and Croatia.
Judges were not needed for only one of five main card matches, which ended in two knockouts or and a pair of submissions, much to the delight of the enthusiastic crowed in attendance.
Ashimov (R) nails Silander
In the main event, Ashimov (8-2-1, M-1: 3-0-0) knocked out Silander (17-6-0, M-1: 1-1-0), fighting out Finland, in the second round by way of a perfectly placed uppercut.
M-1 Global promoter Vadim Finkelchtein (L) raised the arm of new M-1 Challenge champion Arman Ashimov
Russian featherweight Timur Nagibin (14-3-0, M-1: 6-2-0) upset Brazilian Jadison Dimitry “Tita” Silva (23-9-0, M-1: 1-0-0) in the second round, landing lethal punches, in the co-featured event.
Ukrainian light heavyweight Dmitry Mikutsa (8-3-1, M-1: 2-1-0) won a three-round unanimous decision over Kleber Raimundo “Orgulho” Silva (14-7-0, M-1: 1-1-0), of Brazil.
Undefeated Kazakh welterweight Shavkat Rakhmonov (8-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0) kept his perfect pro record intact, choking out Russian foe Levan Solodovnik (5-2-0, M-1: 1-1-0) in the second round, while Swiss welterweight Pablo Ortman (8-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0) also remained unbeaten, locking a triangle choke on Russian Ingiskhan Ozdoev (5-4-0, M-1: 3-4-0) in the opening round.
The judges were much busier with the preliminary and pre-preliminary cards with five of 8 bouts going the full distant.
On the preliminary card, Russian lightweight Pavel Gordeev (10-1-0, M-1: 4-0-0) won a three-round unanimous decision over Bobur “Karshinskiy” Kurbonov (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Uzbekistan, as did Russian welterweight Artem Nenakhov (7-2-0, M-1: 1-1-0) against Charles-Henri Tchoungui (9-8-1, M-1: 0-2-0), of France.
Russian heavyweight Adam Bogatyrev (6-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0) used his knee and fists to knock out Spaniard Jose “Agus” Augustin Jimenez Garcia (5-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0) in round one, Russian Danila Prikaza (9-2-1, M-1: 6-2-0) punched out his Brazilian opponent, Anderson “Fala Mansa” De Queiroz Diniz, (17-7-0, M-1: 0-1-0) in the first round. Georgian welterweight Amiran Gogoladze (5-1-0, M-1: 2-0-0) employed a Ninja choke to force Russian Stanislav “Stas” Podolsky (5-2-0, M-1: 1-1-0) into a submission.
Finland lightweight Jani Salmi (10-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0) and Ukrainian lightweight Anatoly Lyagu (6-2-1, M-1: 1-1-0) won unanimous three-round decisions, respectively, against Russian Nikolay Goncharov (2-2-2, M-1: 0-1-1) and Croatian Aleksandar Rakas (12-7-0, M-1: 0-1-0).
Spanish lightweight Tino Gilaranz (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0) won a three-round decision over Russian Valentin Krzyzhanovsky (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0) in a battle of pro-debut fighters.
Complete results below:
MAIN EVENT – M-1 CHALLENGE INTERIM FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Arman Ashimov (8-2-1, M-1: 3-0-0), Kazakhstan
WKO2 (3:05 – punches)
Mikael Silander (17-6-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Finland
(Ashimov won M-1 Challenge interim flyweight title)
CO-FEATURE – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Dimitry Mikutsa (8-3-1, M-1: 2-1-0), Ukraine
Kleber Raimundo Silva (14-8-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Brazil
Timur Nagibin (14-3-0, M-1: 6-2-0), Russia
WKO3 (punches – 3:07)
Jadison Dimitry Silva (23-9-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Brazil
Shavkat Rakhmonov (8-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), Kazakhstan
WSUB2 (choke – 4:42)
Levan Solodovnik (5-2-0, M-1: 0-2-0), Russia
Pablo Ortmann (8-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Brazil
WSUB1 (triangle choke – 3:47)
Ingiskhan Ozdoev (5-4-0, M-1: 3-4-0), Russia
Adam Bogatyrev (6-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0)
WKO1 (knee & punches – 2:54)
Jose Augustin Jimenez Garcia (5-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Spain
Artem Nenakhov (7-2-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Kyrgyzstan
Charles-Henri Tchoungui (44-13-3, M-1: 10-3-1), Ukraine
Amiran Gogoladze (5-3-1, M-1: 2-0-0), Georgia
WSUB2 (Ninja choke).
Stanislav Podolsky (5-2-0, M-1: 1-1-0)
Danila Prikaza (9-2-0, M-1: 6-2-0)
WKO1 (punches – 1:37)
Anderson De Queiroz Diniz (17-7-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Brazil
Pavel Gordeev (10-1-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Russia
Bobur Kurbonov (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Uzbekistan
Jani Salmi (10-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Finland
Nikolay Goncharov (2-2-1, M-1: 0-1-1)
Anatoly Lyagu (6-2-1, M-1: 1-1-0), Ukraine
Aleksandar Rakas (12-7-0, M-1: 0-1-0)
Tino Gilaranz (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Spain
Valentin Kryzhanovsky (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russia
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