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Lineups announced for M-1 Challenge final on Dec. 26

M-1 Global officially announced the matchups for the final of its M-1 Challenge series, which is scheduled for Dec. 26 in Seattle, Wash. at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino.

Squaring off in the first-ever M-1 championship will be the Russian Red Devil Team against Team Holland. Fighters representing the teams in five separate weight classes will go head-to-head with the first team to win three fights being declared the first-ever M-1 Challenge champion.

According to M-1, the lineup for the final is as follows: Mikhail Malutin (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Bogdan Christea (Team Holland) at lightweight; Erik Oganov (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Romano de slos Reyes (Team Holland) at welterweight; Dimitri Samoylo (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Jason Jones (Team Holland) at middleweight; Mikhail Zayats (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Kamil Uyghun (Team Holland) at light heavyweight; and Alexey Oleinik (Team Russian Red Devil) vs. Jessie Gibbs (Team Holland) at heavyweight.

Olenik, who defeated Sherman Pendergarst during the first round of YAMMA’s heavyweight tournament this past April, will be replacing young Russian phenom Kiril Sidelnikov, who is now scheduled to face Paul Buentello during Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on January 24.

In addition to the Russian Red Devil vs. Team Holland final, Mactar Gueye (France), Tommy de Pret (Belgium), Mike Dolce (USA), Whi Cunhg Bae (Korea), Fysal Akabar (New Zealand), and Toni Valtonen (Finland) are all expected to compete on the card in “superfight” bouts that will be separate from the team championship.

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