Bogatov defends M-1 Challenge Lightweight title against Lebout
Roman Bogatov (pictured) defends his lightweight title against Mickael Lebout at M-1 Challenge 104

Roman Bogatov (8-0) is scheduled for the second defense of his lightweight title. Russian mixed martial artist faces French challenger Mickael Lebout (19-9-2) on August 31 (AEST), battling it out in the headliner of M-1 Challenge 104. The event takes place at Sports Arena Orenburgzhye in Orenburg, Russia.

In his previous bout in January Roman Bogatov made his first successful title defense taking the win against Michel Silva by submission in the second round. The Russian champion won the strap last September against Rubenilton Pereira by decision.

Mickael Lebout is riding a two-fight win streak. In his previous outing in March he submitted Alik Albogachiev in the second round. Before that he scored a unanimous decision against Alexey Makhno. The French competitor also fought three times in the UFC, winning one fight mid 2015 against Teemu Packalen by unanimous decision.

The Bogatov vs. Lebout lightweight championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.

The co-main event at M-1 Challenge 104 features a featherweight battle between Andrey Lezhnev (18-8) of Ukraine and Busurmankul Abdibait Uulu of Kyrgyzstan (11-2-1). The encounter is scheduled for three rounds.

Also on the main card Flavio de Silva Santos (9-3) of Brazil faces Arman Ashimov (10-3-1) of Kazakhstan in the flyweight matchup, while his country-fellow Jean Petrick (10-3-1) squares off against Boris Polejay (18-6-1) of Ukraine at middleweight. In addition, Vazha Tsiprauri of Georgia and Seleem Evloev of Russia do battle at bantamweight.

The list of announced to date bouts for M-1 Challenge 104 can be found below.

Main card
Lightweight Roman Bogatov vs. Mickael Lebout
Featherweight Andrey Lezhnev vs. Busurmankul Abdibait Uulu
Flyweight Flavio de Silva Santos vs. Arman Ashimov
Middleweight Jean Petrick vs. Boris Polejay
Bantamweight Vazha Tsiptauri vs. Selem Evloev

Featherweight George Garcia vs. Bair Shtepin
Featherweight Anthony Dizy vs. Zalimbek Omarov
Welterweight Mikhail Doroshenko vs. Bayram Mamedov
Women’s Strawweight Zarina Gumerova vs. Asiya Klyutova