Canadian Chris Kelades new M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight champion, Decisions Alexander Pletenko in China

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For Immediate Release

Canadian Chris Kelades new
M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight champion
 
Decisions Alexander Pletenko in China
 
WKG & M-1 Challenge 103
OFFICIAL RESULTS

New M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight champion Chris Kelades was crowned

SHENZHEN, China (August 4, 2019) – Canadian mixed-martial arts fighter Chris Kelades became the M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight champion by taking a decision from Alexander Pletenko last night at WKG and M-1 Challenge 103 in Shenzhen, China.

 

 

M-1 Challenge “regular” flyweight champion Alexander Doskalchuk was supposed to defend his title at M-1 Challenge 103 against Kelades, however, the champ suffered an injury that forced Doskalchuk to withdraw.

 

 

Pletenko versus Kelades was a rematch of a fight back in June, 2018, in which Pletenko won a decision at M-1 Challenge 93. Pletenko, however, came in overweight and he was ineligible to win the title.

 

 

This true International MMA event included 20 professional fighters from 10 different countries: Russia, China, USA, Brazil, Ukraine, Canada, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Georgia and Germany.

 

 
The judges were busy all night as eight of the 10 fights went the complete distance.
 

In the main event, Kelades (14-4) and Pletenko (14-5) battled tooth and nail with the Canadian avenging his earlier loss with a five-round unanimous decision to his Ukrainian opponent.

 

 

Chinese fighters had won only one of four fights going into the final match of the evening, in which fan favorite Huoyixibai Chuhayifo (12-3) sent everybody home happy, knocking out Georgian bantamweight Beno Adamia (5-5) with a punch in the opening round.

 

 

Russian welterweight Maksim Grabovich (10-4) won a unanimous decision over veteran Brazilian fighter Jonas “Bonus” Boeno (38-12), Brazilian heavyweight Roggers “The Tiger” Souza (9-2) took a split decision from Zaur Gadzhibayev (7-3-1), and United State welterweight Hayden “Hulk” Hassan (9-4) won his M-1 Global debut with a unanimous decision versus Movsar Bokov (5-2), of Russia.

 

 

On the undercard, Chinese featherweight Feng “The Winged Tiger” Peng Zhao (6-2) defeated American Edward Massey (5-4) on points, but Zhao’s countrymen Maheshate and Wang Zhen lost unanimous decision, respectively, to Russian lightweight Nikolay Goncharov (3-1-1) and Brazilian flyweight Kayck “Chuck” Alencar (10-1).

 

 

Swedish welterweight Andreas “Real Steel” Stahl (12-4) won a split decision over Germany’s Christian Jungwirth (6-2), while American lightweight Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (20-9-1) locked in a guillotine choke on Xialong Wu, of China, at the 28-second mark of round one for a victory.  

 

 
Below find the official results and more pictures:
 
 
MAIN CARD

MAIN EVENT – VACANT M-1 CHALLENGE INTERIM FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Chris Kelades (14-4, M-1: 3-1), Canada
WDEC5
Alexander Pletenko (14-5, M-1: 1-1), Ukraine
(Kelades wins M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight title)
 
CO-FEATURE – BANTAMWEIGHTS
Huoyixibai Chuhayifu (12-3, M-1: 3-1), China
WKO1 (punches – 4:41)
Beno Adamia, (5-5, M-1: 0-2), Georgia
 
WELTERWEIGHTS
Maksim Grabovich (10-4, M-1: 7-3), Russia
WDEC3
Jonas Boeno (38-12, M-1: 0-1), Brazil
 
HEAVYWEIGHTS
Roggers Souza (9-2, M-1: 1-0), Brazil
WDEC3
Zaur Gadzhibayev (7-3-1, M-1: 5-2), Azerbaijan
WELTERWEIGHTS
Hayden Hassan (9-4, M-1: 1-0), USA
WDEC3
Movsar Bokov (5-2, M-1: 4-2), Russia
 
UNDERCARD
 
WELTERWEIGHTS
Andreas Stahl (12-4, M-1: 1-0), Sweden
WDEC3
Christian Jungwirth (6-2, M-1: 0-1), Germany
 
LIGHTWEIGHTS
Daniel Swain (20-9-1, M-1: 3-1-1), USA
WSUB1 (guillotine choke – 0:28)
Xiaolong Wu (16-9-1, M-1: 0-2), China
 
Nikolay Goncharov (3-1-1, M-1: 1-1), Russia
DEC3
Maheshate (2-1, M-1: 0-1), China
 
FEATHERWEIGHTS
Feng Peng Zhao (6-2, M-1: 1-0), China
DEC3
Edward Massey (5-4, M-1: 1-2), USA
 
FLYWEIGHTS
Kayck Alencar (10-1, M-1: 2-1), Brazil
WDEC3
Wang Zhen (5-1, M-1: (0-1), China
 
 

 

Chris Kalades (L) kicked his way to the title
 
  Chinese MMA star Huoyixibai Chuhayifu (R) closed the show in style
 
  Maksim Grabovich (R) defeated Jonas Boeno
 
Roggers Souza (R) edged Zaur Gadzhibayev
 
Hayden Hassan (L) won his M-1 Global debut

 

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