On Thursday, June 1, M-1 Global traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for M-1 Challenge 79.
In the evening’s main event, former Bellator middleweight champions Alexander Shlemenko and Brandon Halsey met for the second time. Halsey previously submitted Shlemenko in just 35 seconds at Bellator 126 in 2014. The Russian had won all six of his fights since, but his knockout win over Melvin Manhoef was overturned to a no-contest due to a failed drug test. Halsey had lost back-to-back fights to Rafael Carvalho and John Salter.
The event aired live at 12 p.m. ET on M-1 Global TV and Match TV (Russia).
Alexander Shlemenko def. Brandon Halsey by TKO (ground and pound). Round 1, 0:25
Sergey Romanov def. Arda Adas by TKO (injury). Round 1, 4:19
Alexey Makhno def. Michael Silva by majority decision
Oleg Olenichev def. Enoc Solves Torres by unanimous decision
Dalgiev Khamzat def. Dragan Pešić by submission (heel hook). Round 1
Josh Rettinghouse def. Bakhityar Toychubaev by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:31
Anton Vyazigin def. Yuri Protsenko by unanimous decision
Bair Shtepin def. Won Jun Jang by TKO (punches). Round 3, 2:33
Dmitriy Mikutsa def. Dmitry Tebekin by unanimous decision
Nikolay Goncharov vs. Maxim Pugachev ruled a draw
Alexander Ostetrov def. Almog Shay by unanimous decision