Bulgaria, Russia Legion, Brazil Chalk Up Victories at M-1 Challenge

By: Sherdog.com Staff
May 10, 2009



Team Brazil rallied from an unsuccessful February debut to sweep Team Imperial (Russia) at M-1 Challenge Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

IFL veteran Eduardo Pamplona, the sole fighter not to be replaced on the Brazilian roster, led his rejuvenated squad with a majority decision over welterweight Erik Oganov.

Team Bulgaria also edged out Team Benelux with a 3-2 tally.

Team Russia Legion found victory in four of its five bouts against Team Germany. Middleweight Gregor Herb clinched the lone victory for his side by submitting Sergey Kornev with an armbar at 4:32 of round one.

M-1 Challenge Full Results

Bulgaria def. Benelux (3-2)
Yanko Yanev (Bulgaria) def. Danny van Bergen (Benelux) -- Submission (Armbar) 2:23 R1
Raymond Jarman (Benelux) def. Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria) -- TKO (Flying Knee) 0:35 R1
Jordan Radev (Bulgaria) def. Danny Smit (Benelux) -- Unanimous Decision
Emil Samoilov (Bulgaria) def. Jason Jones (Benelux) -- TKO (Doctor's Stoppage) 2:09 R1
Jessie Gibbs (Benelux) def. Nikola Dipchkov (Bulgaria) -- Submission (Strikes) 1:37 R1

Russia Legion def. Germany (4-1)
Yura Ivlev (Legion) def. Franco de Leonardis (Germany) -- TKO (Strikes) 2:14 of R2
Magomed Shihshabekov (Legion) def. Sven Heising (Germany) –- KO 4:27 R1
Gregor Herb (Germany) def. Sergey Kornev (Legion) -- Submission (Armbar) 4:32 R1
Gadzimyrat Omarov (Legion) def. Ismail Centinkaya (Germany) -- Submission (Strikes) 1:09 R1
Akhmed Sultanov (Legion) def. Lars Klug (Germany) -- Submission (Armbar) 1:21 R1

Brazil def. Team Imperial (5-0)
Hacran Dias (Brazil) def. Amirkhan Mazikhov (Imperial) -- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3:58 R1
Eduardo Pamplona def. Erik Oganov (Imperial) -- Majority Decision
Leandro Silva (Brazil) def. Dmitry Samoilov (Imperial) –- Unanimous Decision
Alexander Machado (Brazil) def. Mikhail Zayats (Imperial) -- Unanimous Decision
Joaquim Ferreira (Brazil) def. Maksim Grishin (Imperial) Submission (North-South Choke) 3:57 R1

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