Byron Byrd Take His A.T.T. Swagger Overseas For M-1 Challenge XXIII

Waiting patiently to return to action since winning the 2010 Americas M-1 Selection light heavyweight tournament, American Top Team rising-star, Byron Byrd, packs his bags for a collision at M-1 Challenge XXIII Saturday March 5th. Facing talented striker Alihan Magomedov, Byrd is eager to reveal his arsenal of tactics passed down from his camp’s upper-echelon of coaches. Byrd’s growing North American fan base can catch the battle LIVE from the Crocus City Arena in Moscow, Russia on MMA-Paradise.com starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am.

“Byrd has been extremely vocal about wanting to get back in the ring as soon as possible,” says M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “Byrd has all the tools to become a great champion and the contest with Magomedov is an excellent opportunity to cement his position as the #1 contender for the light heavyweight belt.”

With the light heavyweight championship possibly being vacated as current champ Vyacheslav Vasilevsky considers relinquishing the belt to pursue action in the 185 pound division, Byrd’s bout against Magomedov carries important contention ramifications; a victory puts him in a title fight against the winner of Narkun versus Tinagadjiev taking place the same night.

Under Card Bouts:
Byron Byrd (3-0) vs. Alihan Magomedov (8-2) Light Heavyweight
Shamil Tinagadjiev (7-3) vs. Tomasz Narkun (4-1) Light Heavyweight
Goncalo Salgado (7-1) vs. Arsen Abdulkerimov (3-1) Heavyweight
Rashid Magomedov (7-1) vs. Rafal Moks (6-2) Welterweight
Magomed Sultanakhmedov (28-5) vs. Plinio Cruz (5-3) Middleweight
Daniel Weichel (25-7) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-4) Lightweight
Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (5-3) vs. Alexander Volkov (9-2-1) Heavyweight
Additional bouts to be announced

Championship Bouts:

Heavyweight Division:
Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (10-0) clashes with Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (7-4)

Welterweight Division:
Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Challenge Champion (18-1) clashes with Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, M-1 Selection Americas 2010 champion (15-5)

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