Fight Card for M-1 Challenge 45 on Friday, Feb. 28

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WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2014

WHERE: Atmosphere Show Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia

PROMOTER: M-1 Global

TELEVISION: Live on Russia 2 throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels


FIGHT CARD (all fights & fighters subject to change)

MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS (206+ lbs.) – 3 X 5
DENIS SMOLDAREV (5-0-0), Estonia vs. ANTE “Walking Trouble” DELIJA (8-1-0), Croatia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
MUSA KHAMANAEV (13-3-0), Russia vs. VLADIMIR NIKOLAEV (10-1-0), Ukraine

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
NIKO PUHAKKA (28-14-0), Finland vs. MAXIM DIVNICH (7-0-0), Russia

WELTERWEIGHTS (170 lbs.) – 3 X 5
ILYA DODERKIN (3-0-0), Russia vs. NENAD “Nino” AVRAMOVIC (0-1-0), Spain

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (205 lbs.) – 3 X 5
MARCIN ZONTEK (12-8-0), Poland vs. RASHID YUSOPOV (2-2-0), Russia

FEATHERWEIGHTS (135 lbs.) – 3 X 5
SOTIR KICHUKOV (12-1-0), Bulgaria vs. YUNUS EVOLEV (12-6-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs.) – 3 X 5
RAKHMAN MAKHADZHIEV (1-0-0), Russia vs. SERGEI ANDREEV (5-2-0), Russia

LIGHTWEIGHTS (155 lbs. – 3 X 5)
IVAN GETMAN (1-0-0), Russia vs. OLEG MISIKOV (1-0-0), Russia

MIDDLEWEIGHTS (185 lbs. – 3 X 5)
CHARLES “Gracie” ANDRADE (27-15-0), Brazil vs. RASHID YUSUPOV (2-2-0), Russia

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global has established itself in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Los Angeles and affiliates in Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged more than 150 events worldwide, including the M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge and M-1 Gobal and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the Showtime network in the United States. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and matchups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport’s top names, including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2014 promises to be another sensational year of world-class competition with a full calendar of Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport. M-1 Global’s greatest asset is renowned heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.