Team Brazil celebrates their shut out of Russia
Team Brazil celebrates their shut out of Russia

In the season opener of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” back in February in Tacoma, Washington, Team Brazil lost to Team USA West 3-2. This past weekend, Saturday May 9th, Team Brazil was back in action, fighting on their home turf against the 2008 defending M-1 Challenge Cup Champions Team Imperial in Sao Paulo, Brazil and PRO MMA ( has the results.

Team Brazil was able to even up their overall record to 1-1 while Team Imperial fell to 0-2. Also on the card was Team Bulgaria who improved their record to 1-1 with a defeat of Team Benelux who fell to 0-2. Team Germany lost to Russia Legion dropping their record to 1-1 while Russia Legion is undefeated at 2-0.

IFL Super Fight veteran Eduardo Pamplona (11-2) of Team Brazil defeated Bodog Fight veteran Erik Oganov (9-10) of Team Imperial in a majority decision that earned “Fight of the Night” honors. The next event of the 2009 season will be “M-1 Challenge: Fifth Edition” and is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 5 in Kansas City, MO with Team USA East returning to action against Finland.

Here are the official results from “M-1 Challenge: Brazil – Fourth Edition:”

Team Challenge Number One: Bulgaria vs. Benelux
1. LW (154 lbs./-70 kg): Yanko Yanev (Bulgaria) def. Danny van Bergen (Benelux) via submission (armbar) at 2:23 of round 1
2. WW (167.2 lbs./-76 kg): Raymond Jarman (Benelux) def. Ivan Ivanov (Bulgaria) via TKO (flying knee) at 0:35 of round 1
3. MW (184.8 lbs./-84 kg): Jordan Radev (Bulgaria) def. Danny Smit (Benelux) via unanimous decision
4. LHW (204.6 lbs./-93 kg): Emil Samoilov (Bulgaria) def. Jason Jones (Benelux) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:09 of round 1
5. HW (204.7 lbs.-plus/+93 kg): Jessie Gibbs (Benelux) def. Nikola Dipchkov (Bulgaria) submission (strikes) at 1:37 of round 1
Bulgaria defeats Benelux 3-2

Team Challenge Number Two: Russia Legion vs. Germany
6. LW (154 lbs./-70 kg): Yura Ivlev (Legion) def. Franco de Leonardis (Germany) via TKO (strikes) at 2:14 of round 2
7. WW (167.2 lbs./-76 kg): Magomed Shihshabekov (Legion) def. Sven Heising (Germany) via knockout (strikes) at 4:27 of round 1
8. MW (184.8 lbs./-84 kg): Gregor Herb (Germany) def. Sergey Kornev (Legion) via submission (armbar) at 4:32 of round 1
9. LHW (204.6 lbs./-93 kg): Gadzimyrat Omarov (Legion) def. Ismail Centinkaya (Germany) via submission (strikes) at 1:09 of round 1
10. HW (204.7 lbs.-plus/+93 kg): Akhmed Sultanov (Legion) def. Lars Klug (Germany) via submission (armbar) at 1:21 of round 1
Russia Legion defeats Germany 4-1

Team Challenge Number Three: Brazil vs. Team Imperial
11. LW (154 lbs./-70 kg): Hacran Dias (Brazil) def. Amirkhan Mazikhov (Imperial) via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:58 of round 1
12. WW (167.2 lbs./-76 kg): Eduardo Pamplona def. Erik Oganov (Imperial) via majority decision
13. MW (184.8 lbs./-84 kg): Leandro Silva (Brazil) def. Dmitry Samoilov (Imperial) via three-round unanimous decision
14. LHW (204.6 lbs./-93 kg): Alexander Machado (Brazil) def. Mikhail Zayats (Imperial) via three round unanimous decision
15. HW (204.7 lbs.-plus/+93 kg): Joaquim Ferreira (Brazil) def. Maksim Grishin (Imperial) via submission (North-South Choke) at 3:57 of round 1
Brazil defeats Imperial Team 5-0

By: Jack Bratcher

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