The draw for the Grand Prix will be made over the weekend with the semi-finals set take place at EMC 5 on September 5. The two winners of the semi-finals will then meet at EMC 6 for the EMC Welterweight title.
‘The Austrian Wonderboy’ Ismail Naurdiev comes into the Grand Prix after a four-fight run the UFC. The 24-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the sport today, has career wins over the likes of Siyar Bahadurzada, Michel Prazeres, Benny Alloway, & Georgi Valentinov.
Georgian prospect Amiran Gogoladze made his promotional debut at EMC 4 with a first round headkick knockout and prior to that the 22-year-old went 4-0 in the M-1 promotion. Top Polish prospect Tymoteusz Lopaczyk will hope to introduce himself to the international audience after a number of solid wins on the Polish regional scene.
Eleven-year veteran Pavel Kusch is the most senior entrant in the Grand Prix. The 32-year-old has fought around the world in promotions such as Cage Warriors, M-1, and, most recently, PFL. He holds career wins over current UFC fighter John Phillips and Abubakar Nurmagomedov.
The main event for EMC 5 is Satoshi Ishii (21-11-1) versus former BAMMA champion & Bellator veteran Stuart Austin (14-6) for the inaugural EMC heavyweight title.
The fight card will also feature an important European welterweight contest between Germany’s Konrad Dyrschka (10-1) and Italian Bellator veteran Walter Pugliesi (7-2) and the return of Instagram star & KSW heavyweight Erko Jun (3-1) as he takes on Poland’s Damian Olszewski (2-3).
Full fight card for EMC 5 plus broadcast details will be announced soon.
The participants are as follows:
- Ismail Naurdiev (19-4) – 24-years-old, Austria
- Amiran Gogoladze (10-1) – 22-years-old, Georgia
- Pavel Kusch (23-7) – 32-years-old, Ukraine
- Tymoteusz Lopaczyk (7-1) – 24-years-old, Poland
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