Chris Kelades defends M-1 Challenge Flyweight title against Assu Almabaev
Chris Kelades (pictured left) defends M-1 Challenge Flyweight title against Assu Almabaev | Pic: Supplied/ M-1 Global

Assu Almabaev replaces Arman Ashimov, challenges Chris Kelades for M-1 Challenge interim flyweight title

M-1 Challenge 105 is held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on October 19. On Thursday the promotion announced a change in the co-main event. Arman Ashimov was forced to withdraw from his interim flyweight title bout against Chris Kelades due to injury. He was replaced by Assu Alabaev.

The representative of the country-host Assu Almabaev (10-2) is riding the six-fight win streak. In his previous outing in March he submitted Pierre Ludet in the second round. Before that he similarly defeated Kirill Fomenkov and scored the second-round TKO against Saud Karagishov.

Canadian mixed martial artist Chris Kelades (14-4) holds the interim flyweight title earned by unanimous decision against Alexander Pletenko at M-1 Challenge 103 in August. Before that he dropped a unanimous decision against Alexander Pletenko, which snapped his three-fight win streak including the victories against Oleg Lichkovakha, Keegan Oliver and Tyler Shinn.

In the main event Sergey Morozov makes the first defense of his M-1 Challenge Bantamweight title against Josh Rettinghouse. The pair meets in a rematch. Their first encounter late 2016 ended in favor of the latter.

Also on the main card a pair of lightweight matchups featuring former champion in the division Artem Damkovsky (22-11) of Belarus and Vladimir Kanunnikov (9-1) of Russia, and Khamzat Dalgiev (11-2) of Russia and Michel Silva (21-8-1) of Brazil. In addition undefeated Kadirzhan Abylaikhan (5-0) of Kazakhstan squares off against Rafael Dias (15-6-1) of Brazil at bantamweight.

The current lineup can be found below. The finalized fight card is expected to be announced shortly.

Main card
Bantamweight Sergey Morozov vs. Josh Rettinghouse
Flyweight Chris Kelades vs. Assu Almabaev
Lightweight Artem Damkovsky vs. Vladimir Kanunnikov
Lightweight Khamzat Dalgiev vs. Michel Silva
Bantamweight Kadirzhan Abylaikhan vs. Rafael Dias

Welterweight Magomedkamil Malikov vs. Rubenilton Pereira
Heavyweight Alexander Maslov vs. Yuri Fedorov
Featherweight Sabit Zhusupov vs. Gleb Khabibullin