|Mikhail Zayats was too much for Marcus Vanttinen
HELSINKI, Finland (August 6, 2017) - Russian light heavyweight Mikhail Zayatsdefeated Marcus "Caveman" Vanttinen by unanimous decision in last night's M-1 Challenge 82 main event, which headlined the first M-1 Global event held in Finland during the last nine years.
Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0) returned to an M-1 Global-promoted event for the first time in nearly six years. The Russian strongman see pictured below), who had fought the past few years in Bellator, ruined the night for local favorite Vanttinen (24-6-0, M-1: 2-3-0), one of six Finnish fighters on the Helsinki card.
International fighters represented nine different countries: Russia, Finland, Brazil, USA, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Ukraine and Sweden.
Finnish bantamweight Janne "Jambo" Elonen-Kulmala
(15-5-1, M-1: 0-0-1) and Brazilian veteran fighter Heilton (Dos Santos) Davella
(15-6-1, M-1: 0-1-1) fought to a three-round split-draw, Finnish flyweight Mikhail "Hulk" Silander
(17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0) took a three-round unanimous decision from Vitali Branchuk
(22-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), of Ukraine.
|"Jambo" nails Davella
|(L) Silander made hometown fans happy
Russian lightweight prospect Pavel Gordeev
(8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) and Ukrainian welterweight Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko
(44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), respectively, won three-round unanimous decisions over Brazilian Michel "Sassarito" Silva
(18-7-0, M-1: 0-2-0) and American Keith "The One" Johnson
(12-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0).
|Gordeev is a promising prospect
|(L) Butenko and Johnson put on a good show.
Also on the main card, Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa
(15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) made a successful M-1 debut with a first-round technical knockout victory of Portugal's Aires Bendrouis
(10-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0).
On the preliminary card, Swedish bantamweight Son Le "Buddah" Binh (5-3-0, M-1: 1-2-0) lost a three-round unanimous decision to Oleg Lichkovakha (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), fighting out of Russia, and Ukrainian heavyweight Boris "Bora" Polezhay (17-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0) defeated Finland's Toni Valtonen (27-16-0, M-1: 6-3-0) by decision.
Russian middleweight Ruslan Shamolov (3-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0) stopped American "Motown" Moses Murrietta (5-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0) in the opening round, French lightweight Arnaud Kherfallah (4-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0) used a guillotine choke to force Patrik Pietila (8-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Finland, to tap-out in round one, and Russian flyweight Akaki Khorava (2-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0) tapped out in the second round as his Swiss opponent, Frederico "Muskito" Gutzwiller (3-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0), locked on an arm-bar.
In M-1's popular Medieval Fight, Ukrainian heavyweight Vladimir Nicheporenko
defeated Russian Yuro Slobodyanik
by way of a first-round knockout.
Complete results below:
MAIN EVENT - LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Mikhail Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0), Russia
Marcus Vanttinen (24-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), Finland lbs. (kg)
Juho Valmaa (14-4-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Finland
WTKO1 (4:52 - referee stoppage)
Aires Bendrouis (10-5-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Portugal
Alexander Butenko (44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), Ukraine
Keith Johnson (12-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), USA
Pavel Gordeev (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia
Michel Silva (18-7-0, M-1: 0-2-0), Brazil
Janne Elonen-Kulmala (15-5-1, M-1: 0-0-1), Finland
Heilton (Dos Santos) Davella (15-6-1, M-1: 0-1-1), Brazil
Mikael Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Finland
Vitali Branchuk (22-7-0, M-1: 2-3-0), Ukraine
Boris Polezhay (17-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0), Ukraine
Toni Valtonen (27-16-0, M-1: 6-3-0), Finland
Ruslan Shamilov (3-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia
Moses Murrietta (5-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), USA
Arnaud Kherfallah (4-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), France
WSUB1 (4:22 - guillotine choke)
Patrik Pietila (8-5-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Finland
Oleg Lichkovakha (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
Son Le Binh (5-3-0, M-1: 1-2-0), Sweden
Frederico Gutzwiller (3-2-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Switzerland
WSUB2 (1:59 - armbar)
Akaki Khorava (2-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Georgia
HEAVYWEIGHTS - 3 X 5
Vladimir Nicheporenko, Ukraine
Yuri Sloboyanik, Russia
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