Next month’s M-1 Challenge finals are now set following the completion of Friday’s M-1 Challenge 9 from St. Petersburg, Russia. It will be an all-Russia final with team Russian Red Devil set to go head-to-head with the Russian Legion team on Dec. 26 in Seattle, Wash.
In addition to the semi-finals for the 2008 M-1 Challenge, the card also featured several superfights that saw former PRIDE heavyweights Aleksander Emelianenko and Gilbert Yvel competing in separate bouts.
Yvel was able to record a first round TKO over Russia’s Alexander Timanov after knocking Timanov to the floor with strikes and forcing the referee to stop the fight after he began to deliver more strikers to his downed opposition.
Facing Korea’s Sang Soo Lee, Emelianenko, the younger brother of WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, was victorious following a first round knockout courtesy of a right hook.
In other action, Kiril “Baby Fedor” Sidelnikov, representing the Russian Red Devil in a team semi-final matchup against Korea’s Kim Jong Whang, improved his record to 5-2 after Whang’s corner threw in the towel as their fighter was facing a barrage of blows.
The 19-year old Sidelnikov is scheduled to make his United States debut during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on Jan. 24 in Anaheim, Calif. in a heavyweight bout against Paul Buentello. As of now, it is unclear if he will still compete for Russian Red Devil during next month’s championship.
Boxing Match -
— Habib Allahverdiev def. Maliki Kinyogoli via unanimous decision
Preliminary Fights -
— Kiril Sukhomlinov def. Alexei Nazarov via submission (triangle) in round 1
— Igor Gerus def. Alexander Volkov via TKO (strikes) in round 1
M-1 Challenge Semifinal #1: Russian Legion vs. Team Holland -
— Bogdan Christea (Holland) def. Musa Khamanaev (Legion) via submission (triangle) in round 1
— Magomed Shikshabekov (Legion) def. Romano De los Reyes (Holland) via submission in round 1
— Ansar Chalangov (Legion) def. Jason Jones (Holland) via submission in round 2
— Besike Gerinava (Legion) def. Kamil Uygun (Holland) via decision
— Jessie Gibbs (Holland) def. Ahmed Sultanov (Legion) via submission (armbar) in round 1
(Russian Legion defeats Team Holland by a score of 3-to-2)
Superfight #1 -
— Gilbert Yvel (Holland) def. Alexander Timanov (Russia) via TKO in round 1
M-1 Challenge Semifinal #2: Russian Red Devil vs. Team Korea
— Mikhali Malutin (Red Devil) def. Nam Yuichul (Korea) via decision
— Kim Doh Yung (Korea) def. Erik Oganov (Russia) via submission (choke) in round 2
— Dmirti Samoilov (Red Devil) def. Heo Minseok (Korea) via TKO (referee’s stoppage) in round 2
— Mikhail Zayat (Red Devil) def. Whi Seung Bae (Korea) via decsion
— Kiril Sidelnikov (Red Devil) def. Kim Jong Whang via TKO (corner stoppage) in round 1
Superfight #2 -
— Aleksander Emelianenko def. Sang Soo Lee via KO (right hook) in round 1