Shlemenko takes on Bradley, Kuchenko to defend WW title against Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 75

Alexander Shlemenko on left

Former Bellator middleweight champion and 2016 M-1 Grand Prix champion Alexander Shlemenko returns to M-1 Challenge to face UFC vet Paul Bradley this weekend.  M-1 Challenge 75 takes place March 3rd in Moscow with a webcast through the promotion’s website

54-9 Shlemenko was Bellator champion from February 2013 until September 2014 with three title defenses along the way.  Since losing the Bellator belt Shlemenko has gone 1-0 in Bellator with a “no contest” against Melvin Manhoef and a win over UFC vet Kendall Grove for his most recent fight while three more wins came to Shlemenko in Russia.  23-7 Bradley went 0-2 in the UFC back in 2011, 3-1 in Bellator from 2014-16, and most recently lost a split decision to fellow UFC vet Yushin Okami in WSOF.

Paul Bradley

In the co-main event Alexey Kuchenko makes the second defense of the welterweight title as he takes on Maxim Grabovich.  15-0 Kuchenko defeated Murad Abdulaev for the belt in April of last year, defeated Eduardo Ramon in a non-title fight, then defended the belt for the first time in a rematch against Abdulaev in November.  5-2 Grabovich replaces Kuchenko’s original opponent but still deserves this shot being on a five-fight win streak.  Last year Grabovich defeated Stefan Larisch, Danila Prikaza, and Ioannis Palaiologos.

M-1 Challenge 75 main card

  • Valery Myasinikov vs. Enoc Solves Torres
  • Sergey Romanov vs. Magomed Sultanakhmedov
  • Maxim Divnich vs. Keon Caldwell
  • WW title: Alexey Kuchenko vs. Maxim Grabovich
  • Alexander Shlemenko vs. Paul Bradley