Russia’s leading MMA promotion M-1 Global
is officially set for its next event, which takes place Friday
night at Olympic Stadium in Moscow.
M-1 Challenge 64 boasts an intriguing double feature, with one
of the bouts for the organization’s vacant heavyweight title.
who is serving a three-year suspension in the U.S., and
Vyacheslav Vaselevsky will square off in the marquee’s main event.
The bout, which is a semifinal of M-1 Challenge’s Middleweight
Grand Prix, will go down as scheduled because both men were on
point at Thursday’s weigh-ins. As it turned out, both combatants
tipped the scale at 184.5 pounds.
Volkov and Denis Smoldaraev will duke it out for the vacant
crown, but even though neither man had to cut any significant
weight, they both looked primed for action. Volkov officially
weighed 236.5 pounds while Smoldaraev was much heavier; he came in