M-1 Challenge 87

WATCH: M-1 Challenge 87 – FREE LIVE STREAM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9

The Interim M-1 Challenge flyweight title will be on the line February 9 At M-1 Challenge 87 when Mikael “Hulk” Silander and Arman Ashimov square off in main event, in the grand opening of M-1 Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

One of Scandinavia’s all-time best MMA fighters, the 32-year-old Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0) earned his title shot by winning a three-round majority decision over Vitaliy Branchuk (23-6-0), last August at M-1 Challenge 82 in his native Finland. Ashimov (7-2-1, M-1: 2-0-0), fighting out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, is unbeaten in M-1 Global fights having knocked out Rodrigo Melonio this past November at M-1 Challenge 85, and Gadzhimurad Aliev last July at M-1 Challenge 81.

A loaded main card also features undefeated Kazakh welterweight Shavkat Rakhmonov (7-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0) versus his Russian opponent, Levan Solodovnik (5-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0)Juho Valamma (15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazilian light heavyweight Kleiber Raimundo “Orgugho” Silva (14-7-0, M-1: 1-0-0) vs. Dmitry Mikutsa (7-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), of Ukraine, Russian featherweight Timur Nagibin (13-3-0, M-1: 5-2-0) vs. Jadison Dimitry “Tita” Silva (23-8-0, M-1: 0-0-0), of Brazil, and.Pavel Gordeev (9-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), of Russia, TBA..

WATCH M-1 CHALLENGE 87 PRELIMS BELOW:

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Jose “Agus” Augustin Jimenez Garcia (5-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Spain vs. Adam Bogatyrev (5-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0)

WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Charles-Henri Tchoungui (44-12-3, M-1: 10-2-1), Ukraine vs. Artem Nenakhov (6-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Kyrgyzstan
Amiran Gogoladze (4-3-1, M-1: 1-0-0), Georgia vs. Stanislav “Stas” Podolsky (5-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0)
Anderson “Fala Mansa” De Queiroz Diniz (17-6-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil vs. Danila Prikaza (8-2-0, M-1: 5-2-0)

LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Pavel Gordeev (9-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia vs. Bobur “Karshinskiy” Kurbonov (5-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Uzbekistan
Jani Salmi (9-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Finland vs. Nikolay Goncharov (2-1-1, M-1: 0-0-1)
Aleksandar Rakas (12-6-0, M-1: 0-0-0) vs. Anatoly Lyagu (5-2-1, M-1: 0-1-0), Ukraine

WATCH M-1 CHALLENGE 87 MAIN CARD BELOW:

MAIN EVENT – M-1 CHALLENGE INTERIM FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5
Mikael “Hulk” Silander (17-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Finland vs. Arman Ashimov

(7-2-1, M-1: 2-0-0), Kazakhstan

CO-FEATURE – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Kleber Raimundo “Orgulho” Silva (14-7-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil vs. Dimitry Mikutsa (7-3-1, M-1: 1-1-0), Ukraine

FEATHERWEIGHTS — 3 X 5
Timur Nagibin (13-3-0, M-1: 5-2-0), Russia vs. Jadison Dimitry “Tita” Silva (23-8-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil

WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5
Shavkat Rakhmonov (7-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0), Kazakhstan vs. Levan Solodovnik (5-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russia
Pablo Ortmann (7-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Brazil vs. Ingiskhan Ozdoev (5-3-0, M-1: 3-3-0), Russia