SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (June 17, 2019) –
An M-1 Challenge title tripleheader tops a stacked M-1 Challenge 102
card on June 28 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Undefeated M-1 Challenge welterweight champion and Kazakhstan hero, Shavkat Rakhnonov
(11-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), of Kazakhstan, defends his title versus Brazilian challenger Tiago “Bahia” Varejao Lacerda
(28-6-1, 1 NC, M-1: 2-1-0) in the main event.
Fellow Kazakh, Sergey Morozov (14-4-0, M-1: 7-3-0), takes on unbeaten Russian prospect Alexander Osetrov (5-0-1, M-1: 4-0-1) for the vacant M-1 bantamweight crown in the co-featured event.
M-1 Challenge featherweight champion and rising MMA star, American favorite Nate “The Train” Landwehr (12-2-0, M-1: 4-0-0), defends his title versus Russian challenger Viktor Kolesnik (15-3-1, M-1: 4-1-1) in a rematch MMA fans have been clamoring for since their 2017 Fight of the Year. Landwehr won a split decision, which positioned him for his first title shot.
M-1 Challenge 102
will be live-streamed from Kazakhstan in high definition on www.M1Global.TV
. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV
. Fans may watch all the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. M-1 Challenge 102
will also be is available onwww.FITE.TV(preliminary card is free, $7.99 for the main card).
The main card is filled out with a pair of terrific match-ups: Georgian lightweight Raul Tutarauli (24-5-0, M-1; 7-3-0) versus his dangerous Brazilian opponent and fellow former M-1 Challenge lightweight title challenger, Rubenilton “Rubinho” Perreira (20-6-0, M-1: 4-3-0), and top German heavyweight prospect Robert Lau (9-2-0, M-1: 0-0-0) makes his M-1 Global debut against Ukrainian fighter Dmitriy Mikutsa (9-4-1, M-1: 3-1-0).
A strong undercard is led by a welterweight match between Sergey Romanov (15-3-0, M-1: 6-2-0), of Russia, and M-1 Global-debuting Marco Augusto dos Santos Cabral (10-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0).
Vladimir Trusov (3-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) faces fellow countryman Ruslan Shammilov (4-1-0, M-1: 4-1-0) in a battle of Russian middleweights, while Russian lightweight Alexey Ilyenko (8-1-0, 1 NC M-1: 1-0-0) meets Cuban Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquerdo (12-5-0, M-1: 1-1-0).
Kazakh middleweight Goyti “Kokzhai” Dazaev (8-1-1, M-1: 0-0-0) throws-down with Russian veteran Alexander “Iron Capture” Butenko (47-14-3, M-1: 9-3-1) and Canadian welterweight Spencer “Judge” Jebb (13-6-0, M-1: 1-1-0) squares off with local favorite Isatay Temirov (5-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0).
The pre-undercard finds Kazakh featherweight Sabit Zhusupov (6-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0) vs. Spaniard Aridane Romero (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0-0), Kazakh welterweight Ismail Geroev (2-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0 vs. Ukrainian Alexey Sotnikov (6-5-0, M-1: 0-0-0), and Kazakh lightweight Makhir Aliyev (1-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0) vs. Azerbaijan Tahir “Tank” Abdullaev (8-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
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June 28 – M-1 Challenge 102: Rakhmonov-Lacerda, Morozov-Osetrov, Landwehr-Kolesnik