M-1 Challenge 97 / Tagtfight 7 FACT SHEET

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M-1 CHALLENGE 97 / TATFIGHT 7
FACT SHEET
This Friday in Kazan, Russia
M-1 CHALLENGE 97 / TATFIGHT 7 FACT SHEET
MAIN CARD
MAIN EVENT – VACANT M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP — 5 X 5
Roman Bogatov (6-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0), Russia
vs.
Rubenilton “Rubinho” Pereira (20-5-0, M-1: 4-2-0), Brazil
CO-FEATURE – MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Ruslan Shamilov (4-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Russia
vs.
Enoc Solves Torres (22-10-1, M-1: 6-7-1), Spain
WELTERWEIGHTS — 3 X 5
Maxim Grabovich (8-4-0, M-1: 5-4-0), Russia
vs.
Tiago Varejao Lacerda (27-5-1, 1 NC, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil
LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Mickael “Ragnar” Lebout (17-9-2, M-1: 1-1-0), France
vs.
Alexey “Ataman” Makhno (18-6-0, M-1: 5-3-0), Russia
           Alik Albogachiev (5-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0)), Russia
vs.
Pavel Gordeev (11-1-0, M-1: 5-0-0), Russia
UNDERCARD
WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Vladimir “The Woodcutter” Tyurin (4-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia
vs.
Spencer “Judge” Jebb (12-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Canada
LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Ruslan Khisamutdinov (10-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
vs.
Jani Salmi (8-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Finland
FEATHERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Timur Doronin (3-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia
vs.
Kangkang “The Knife” Fu (3-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), China
BANTAMWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Sergey Klyuev (6-1-0, M-1: 4-1-0), Russia
vs.
Chris “The Greek Assassin” Kelades (12-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Canada
Nidzhat Imanov (4-3-1, M-1: 1-0-1), Russia
vs.
Ivan Eremenko (7-2-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia
PRE-UNDERCARD
HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Nikolay Rachek (7-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russia
vs.
Midaugas Gerve (3-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Northern Ireland
MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Nikita Shamov (pro debut), Russia
vs.
Denis Tiuliulin (2-3-0, 1 NC, M-1: 0-1-0)
WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Zakhar Popel (1-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia
vs.
Gadzhibaba Gadzhibabaev (pro debut), Azerbaijan
 (all fights & fighters subject to change)
WHEN:          Friday, September 28, 2018
WHERE:        Kazan, Russia
PROMOTER: M-1 Global
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NOTES

·        This is the second M-1 Challenge event held in Kazan, Russia.

·        Bogatov & Pereira are fighting for the vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight title because Damir Ismagulov relinquished his title belt to sign with the UFC

·

If Ismagulov stayed in M-1, he would be fighting his teammate, Bogatov (both from Orenburg, Russia)

·

Pereira and Bogatov, respectively, are riding four and six-fight win streaks

·

Pereira has lost only twice in M-1, both times against M-1 Challenge champions, Ismagulov and Alexander Butenko

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·        Solves Torres has been fighting in M-1 longer than any other athlete having made his M-1 debut at M-1 Challenge 10 in Finland on Nov. 26, 2008

·

Tiago Varejao Lacerda and Enoc Solves Torres are the most experienced fighters on this card with each have 33 pro fights

·

The main card/undercard fighters represent 97 different countries; Russia, Brazil, Spain, France, Canada, China, Finland, Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland

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UPCOMING EVENT: M-1 Challenge 97: Tatfight 7, Kazan, Russia
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