Alexander Emelianenko Headlines M-1 Challenge


Aleksander Emelianenko throws a right hand at Josh Barnett. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, is currently scheduled to headline M-1’s first event since the organization announced plans to begin holding worldwide events under new ownership late last year.

The news comes from M-1 MixFight, which is reporting that Emelianenko will participate in the main event of a fifteen-bout card that also features two matchups between internationally-fielded teams. The Red Devil Sport Club product will take on Mo Team League veteran Fabio Maldonado.

Aleksander has not fought since submitting Dan Bobish at an October Hardcore Championsip Fighting event. Maldonado last knocked out Cachorro Louco in December.

Amar Suloev, Ansar Chalangov and Roman Zentsov will also be in action.

The current fight card is as follows:

Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Fabio Maldonado
Amar Suloev vs. Jacek Buczko
Roman Zentsov vs Junior dos Santos
Ansar Chalangov vs. Watanabe Yuta
Niko Puhakka vs. Kim Jongman
Janne Tulirinta vs. Lee Yonghoon
Lucio Linhares vs. Lim Hyungyu
Toni Valtonen vs. Choi Seunghyun
Jarno Nurminen vs. Kim Jihoon
Yuri Ivlev vs. Nakamura Daisuke
Islam Karimov vs. Hamamura Ken
Besike Gerinava vs. Sakuragi Yuji
Ahmed Sultanov vs. Fujii Katsuhisa
Marat Gelaev vs. Yunus Evloev
Victor Nemkov vs. TBA

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