M-1 Challenge 45 FACT SHEET This Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia

WHEN:        Friday, February 28, 2014


WHERE:      Atmosphere Show Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia


PROMOTER:  M-1 Global


TELEVISION: Live on Russia 2 throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels



MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS (206+ lbs.) – 3 X 5


DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia



ANTE “Walking Trouble” DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia   


LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5

MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia


VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine


LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5

NIKO PUHAKKA (28-14-0), Finland


MAXIM DIVNICH (7-0-0), Russia


WELTERWEIGHTS (170 lbs.) – 3 X 5

ILYA DODERKIN (3-0-0), Russia                                    


NENAD “Nino” AVRAMOVIC (0-1-0), Spain


LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 lbs.) – 3 X 5

MARCIN ZONTEK (12-8-0), Poland


RASHID YUSOPOV (2-2-0), Russia


FEATHERWEIGHTS (135 lbs.) – 3 X 5

SOTIR KICHUKOV (12-1-0), Bulgaria



YUNUS EVOLEV (12-6-0), Russia


LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5



SERGEI ANDREEV (5-2-0), Russia


LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs. – 3 X 5)

IVAN GETMAN (1-0-0), Russia


OLEG MISIKOV (1-0-0), Russia


MIDDLEWEIGHTS (185 lbs. – 3 X 5)

CHARLES “Gracie” ANDRADE (27-15-0), Brazil


RASHID YUSUPOV (2-2-0), Russia


(all fights & fighters subject to change)


ABOUT M-1 GLOBAL: Founded in 1998, M-1 Global has established itself in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Los Angeles and affiliates in Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged more than 150 events worldwide, including the M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge and M-1 Gobal and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the Showtime network in the United States. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and matchups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport’s top names, including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2014 promises to be another sensational year of world-class competition with a full calendar of Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport. M-1 Global’s greatest asset is renowned heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.

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