Nate Landwehr vs Andrey Lezhnev headlines M-1 Challenge Battle in Atyrau
M-1 Challenge Battle in Atyrau: Landwehr vs. Lezhnev / Pic: Facebook

M-1 Challenge Battle in Atyrau: Landwehr vs. Lezhnev

M-1 Global returns to Kazakhstan for the first time in three years with “M-1 Challenge Battle in Atyrau” held on December 15. MMA event features twelve bouts with a featherweight title contested in the main event.

American Nate Landwehr tops the fight-bill making the first defense of his M-1 Challenge featherweight title. Battling it out in Atyrau he faces Ukrainian mixed martial artist Andrey Lezhnev in the scheduled for five rounds championship bout.

An upcoming contest is Landwehr’s fourth fight in M-1 promotion, in which it took him only three fights to capture the belt. The challenger, Lezhnev came out victorious from nine of his last 10 outings.

The co-main event is bantamweight matchup between Sergey Morozov and Bakytbek Duishobaev. The bout is scheduled for three rounds.

Morozov has had more fights (10) in M-1 Global than any other fighter on this fight card. It is the second time he fights in Kazakhstan for the promotion.

In summary three fighters step into “The Rage” for the 10th time this Saturday, such as Lezhnev, Danila Prikaza and Khamzat Dalgiev. The latter is the former M-1 Challenge featherweight champion who moves up to the lightweight division. In addition the roster includes three unbeaten competitors: Kayck Alencar (8-0), Bakytbek Duishobaev (6-0) and Rafal Kijanczuk (5-0).

The main card features five bouts following a five-fight undercard. MMA action starts with pre-undercard comprising two bouts. A complete lineup can be found below.

Main card
Featherweight Nate Landwehr vs. Andrey Lezhnev
Bantamweight Sergey Morozov vs. Bakytbek Duishobaev
Welterweight Eduardo Ramon vs. Danila Prikaza
Flyweight Kayck Alencar vs. Talgat Zhumagaliyev
Light Heavyweight Rafal Kijanczuk vs. Giga Kukhalashvili

Middleweight Murad Abdurakhmanov vs. Brandon Bell
Lightweight Khamzat Dalgiev vs. Bayaman Nurmamat
Featherweight Nurbek Kabdrakhmanov vs. Mikhail Kuznetsov
Bantamweight Sergey Klyuev vs. Abylay Tolesh
Bantamweight Assu Almabaev vs. Kirill Fomenkov

Lightweight Georgiy Akoshvili vs. Vasily Kozlov
Featherweight Sabit Zhusupov vs. Mate Sanikidze