Two of the very best fighters from M-1 Challenge will be facing off on the undercard of Affliction III: Trilogy as Lucio Lihares (12-4) and Mikhail Zayats (8-3) have been confirmed to do battle.
M-1Global.com was the first to break the news of the middleweight bout.
The event is set for August 1 and will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett.
Linhares is a Team Finland fighter that has won his last four straight bouts with a recent win over UFC veteran Sean Salmon while Zayats competes for Fedor Emelianenko’s Team Russia Imperial and has dropped his last two bouts after going on a four fight win streak.
The two are no strangers to one another as they fought in one of the most electrifying battles in M-1 Challenge history back in June of 2008. Zayats ended up with the decision victory in a bout that many felt could have gone the other way. They will have their chance to settle the score once and for all at “Trilogy” in a fight that is impossible to disappoint.
A full list of the bouts expected for the event are listed below:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett
Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Paul Buentello vs. TBA
Jorge Santiago vs. Vitor Belfort
Jay Hieron vs. Paul Daley
Ben Rothwell vs. Chase Gormley
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. Brett Cooper
Jesse Gibbs vs. Rob Broughton
Lucio Linhares vs. Mikhail Zayats