INGUSHETIA, Russia (July 17, 2016) - Former two-time M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Denis Smoldarev (13-2-0, M-1: 8-2-0) positioned himself for another title shot, taking a decision from former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Kenny "Deuce" Garner (16-10-0, M-1: 9-8-0), last night in the M-1 Challenge 69: Battle in the Mountains 5 main event, at Targin in Ingushetia, Russia.
The judges were very busy as five of six main event fights went the full distance, headlined by Smoldarev, representing Estonia, defeated American veteran Garner by way of a unanimous three-round decision.
|Smoldarev was in control vs. Garner
American featherweight Lee "Bulldog" Morrison (15-7-0, M-1: 2-4-0) fell short against Ukrainian Andrey "Iron" Lezhnev (9-6-0, M-1: 3-2-0), dropping a three-round unanimous decision.
In another featherweight match, Sergey Morozov (7-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0), of Kazakhstan, won a three-round decision versus always tough Ukrainian Andrey "Iron" Lezhnev (8-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0).
Brazilian heavyweight Marcus "Montanha" Vinicius Lopes' (10-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) M-1 Global debut was a success as he won a three-round decision over Russian Kurban "Shkaf" Ibragimov (5-2-0, M-1: 3-2-0).
Russian flyweight Khamzat Dalgiev (6-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0) turned in an impressive performance, stopping Spaniard Ronny Gomez (3-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0) midway through the opening round on punches.
Croatian featherweight Antun "Killer" Racic (18-7-1, M-1: 3-4-1) unbeaten Russian prospect Movsar Evloev (5-0-1, M-1: 5-0-1), who took the fight on late notice, fought to a three-round draw..
Rounding out the main card are two other featherweight bouts: Brazilian Rafael Dias(11-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0) vs. Kazakh Sergey Morozov (6-1-0, M-1: 2-1-0)
In preliminary card action, Russian lightweight Lom-Ali Nalgiev (7-4-0, M-1: 4-0-0) remained undefeated in M-1 Global competition, winning a three-round majority decision over Gabriel Sabo (7-1-1, M-1: 1-0-0), of Switzerland, while Russian featherweight Zaur Akhmedov (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0) won his M-1 Global debut with a three-round decision against Adam Gagiev (0-2-1, M-1: 0-2-0).
Russian light heavyweight Amirkhan Guliev (3-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) used a heel hook for a win by opening-round submission versus Spaniard Darwin Rodriguez (0-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0); Russian welterweight Magomed Maasaev (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0) locked in a triangle choke on Russian Ingiskhan Ozdoev (1-3-0, M-1: 1-3-0) for a submission victory in the second round; Adam Gagiev (1-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0) won a three-round decision over Russian pro-debuting Zaur Akhmedov (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0).
In the M-1 Medieval Knight fight between Russian heavyweights, Rustam Kukurkhoevwon by second-round technical knockout over Vitaly Kravchenko.
Complete results and photo gallery below:
(all winners listed first)
Denis Smoldarev (12-2-0, M-1: 8-2-0), Estonia
Kenny Garner (16-10-0, M-1: 9-8-0), Russia
Marcus Vinicius Lopes (10-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil
Kurban Ibragimov (5-2-0, M-1: 3-2-0), Russia
Rafael Dias (12-3-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil
Sergey Morozov (6-2-0, M-1: 2-2-0), Kazakhstan
Andrey Lezhnev (9-6-0, M-1: 3-2-0), Ukraine
Lee Morrison (15-7-0, M-1: 2-4-0), USA
Antun Racic (18-7-1, M-1: 3-4-1), Brazil
Musa Kazikhanov (3-0-1, M-1: 0-0-1), Russia
FLYWEIGHTS - 3 X 5
Khamzat Dalgiev (6-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0), Russia
WKO/TKO1 (Punches - 2:28)
Ronny Gomez (4-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Spain
Amirkhan Guliev (3-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia
WSUB1 (Heel Hook - 3:16)
Darwin Rodriguez (0-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Spain
Magomed Maasaev (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
WSUB2 (Triangle Choke - 1:50)
Ingiskhan Ozdoev (1-3-0, M-1: 1-3-0), Russia
Lom-Ali Nalgiev (7-4-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Russia
Gabriel Sabo (6-2-1, M-1: 0-1-0), Switzerland
Sergey Astapov (7-4-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Ukraine
WKO/TKO1 (Punches - 1:10)
Abubaker Mestoev (1-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
Adam Gagiev (1-1-1, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
Zaur Akhmedov (0-1-0, M-1: 010-0), Russia
M-1 MEDIEVAL KNIGHT FIGHT - HEAVYWEIGHTS
Rustam Kukurkhoev, Russia
Vitaly Kravchenko, Russia
(L-R) - Kenny Garner & Denis Smoldarev
|Kravchenko vs. Kukurkhoev
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