SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia: Kazakhstan flyweight Assu “Zulfkhar” Alabaev (10-2, M-1: 2-0) has replaced injured Arman Ashimov as the title challenger for M-1 Challenge Interim flyweight champion Chris “The Greek Assassin” Kelades (14-4, M-1: 3-1) in the M-1 Challenge 105 co-featured event, October 19 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
M-1 Challenge 105 will be streamed live from Kazakhstan in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. M-1 Challenge 105 will also be available onwww.FITE.TV.
M-1 Challenge bantamweight champion Sergey Morozov (15-4, M-1: 9-3) headlines at home in Kazakhstan in his first title defense against American challenger Josh “The Finisher” Rettinghouse (16-4, M-1: 4-0). Morozov vs. Rettinghouse is a rematch of their non-title fight nearly three years ago at M-1 Challenge 73, in which Rettinghouse was a technical knockout winner via punches near the end of round one.
Kelades, fighting out of Canada, will defend the Interim title he captured two months ago at M-1 Challenge 103 for the first time against Almabaev.
Rounding out the main card are former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Artem Damkovsky (22-11, M-1: 13-8), of Belarus, vs Russian lightweight Vladimir Kanunnikov (9-1, M-1: 0-1), Russian lightweight Khamzat Dalgiev (11-2, M-1: 8-2) vs. Brazilian Michel “Sassarito” Silva (21-8-1, M-1: 3-3) and undefeated Kazakh prospect Kadirzhan Abylaikhan (5-0, M-1: 1-0) vs. Brazilian bantamweight Rafael Dias (15-6-1, M-1: 1-2-1).
Three undercard matches have also been announced: Russia welterweight Magomedkamil “Junior” Malikov (6-1, M-1: 3-1) vs. Rubenilton “Rubinho” Pereira (20-7, M-1: 4-4), of Brazil; Alexander Maslov (2-0, M-1: 0-0) vs. Yuri Fedorov (2-2, M-1: 2-1) in battle of Russian heavyweights; Kazakh featherweight Sabit Zhusupov (7-2, M-1: 2-0) vs. Gleb Khabibullin (4-0, M-1: 2-0), of Russia.
All fights and fighters are subject to change. Additional fights will soon be announced.