M-1 Challenge 28 fight card: 'Aleksander Emelianenko vs Magomed Malikov' announced for Nov. 12

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CHICAGO (Nov 10, 2011) - M-1 GLOBAL announces the full card for the mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge XXVIII: MAGOMED MALIKOV vs. ALEKSANDER EMELIANENKO. The bouts will take place at the "STARS" Sports Center in the city of Astrakhan and will air LIVE on PPV via Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/m1global on Saturday, November 12 with the FREE undercard streaming live on Facebook.

Can't make it to Astrakhan? No problem! You can see Aleksander Emelianenko make his return to the M-1 ring LIVE on Saturday November 12th along with a full card of top level Mixed Martial Arts action.

The main bout features Magomed Malikov (Highlander) 6-1 vs Aleksander Emelianenko (AE Tea) 17-4. The highly anticipated return of Fedor's brother Alexander Emelianenko to M-1 ring has been the talk of the day. When M-1 Challenge Welterweight Champion Shamil Zavurov was forced to pull out of his title fight scheduled to headline the event, M-1 announced that Alexander Emelianenko had agreed to fill one half of the main event. Many felt the task of finding an opponent for Emelianenko could be a daunting one, after all, the event was 10 days away, and facing Alexander Emelianenko is no easy feat. Enter 6-1 Highlander team member Magomed Malikov.

The 28 year old fighter from Dagestan has a history of stepping up in big events, a national hand to hand fighting champion, Malikov is also a winner of the Caspian Sea Cup. This past July, Magomed won a one night four man tournament defeating accomplished MMA veteran Alexey Oleinik by TKO and Ukrainian powerhouse Yuri Gorbenko. When the call came with the offer of the fight Malikov accepted, and according to his team, Magomed will be ready one week after the fight against Alexander Emelianenko and will compete at M-1 Challenge XXIX, as planned in the Grand Prix heavyweight M-1 Selection Europe.

In co-main event action Isaiah "The Striking Viking" Larson (Striking Viking MMA) 13-6 will face Alihan Magomedov (Anapa) 9-2. Larson is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Herbert Goodman in September of this year while Magomedov is looking to get back on track after suffering a submission (Triangle Armbar) defeat by non-other-than Vinny Migalhaes at the M-1 Challenge XXII.

The full card is as follows:

M-1 Selection Europe / Undercard ( FREE on Facebook)

David Bodrie (France) 3-0 vs Anton Kostishchin (Alexander Nevsky) 2-0

Enok Solves Torres (Spain) 8-4 vs Ruslan Hashanov (Legion) 8-4

Yan Zhdansky (Czech Republic) 3-0 vs Anatoly Tokov (Alexander Nevsky) 3-0

Sunay Hamidov (Bulgaria) 4-2 vs Alexey Martynov (Music Hall) 3-0

Gregory Baben (France) 13-10 vs Alexander Dolotenko (Sk Aris) 4-1

M-1 Challenge

Yves Landu 5-2 vs Vugar Bahshiev (Sambo-Piter) 5-4

Tomasz Narkun (Berserkers Team) 5-2 vs Saparbek Safarov (Legion) 4-0

Isaiah Larson (Striking Viking) 13-6 vs Alihan Magomedov (Anapa) 9-2

Magomed Malikov (Highlander) 6-1 vs Aleksander Emelianenko (AE Team) 17-4

Access to all the fights will be available on Ustream.tv, M-1global.com, and Facebook.

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