Vugar Bahshiev Faces Antun Racic at M-1 Ukraine European Battle

Azerbaijan fighter Vugar Bahshiev (5-3) is set to fight Croatian submission specialist Antun ‘Killer’ Racic (8-2) in a special attraction lightweight bout at the M-1 Ukraine European Battle on Saturday June 4th. Fans can capture the action from inside the National Circus Arena in Kiev starting at 11am EST / 8am PST via LIVE streaming telecast on the official M-1 Global website ( and M-1 Global facebook fan page.

Fighting out of the Action-force Fight Team, Bahshiev’s first foray with M-1 Global was short lived as back-to-back losses against Magomed Magomedov and Sergey Faustov were enough to warrant his release. Since then, the stout submission fighter elected to drop down to the 155-pound division where he mounted a tri of limb-locking wins. The high light reel submission victories subsequently earned him an invitation back with Europe’s leading MMA promotion in a reserve bout for the 2011 M-1 Selection European Tournament. Seizing his opportunity, Bahshiev marked another first round submission victory over British jiu-jitsu expert, Jack Magee, marking his current win streak at four; this gritty lightweight now waits anxiously to step into the brackets should one of the tournament’s participants be unable to continue.

A great grappler well versed in Combat Sambo, it’s no surprise that all but one of Bahshiev’s wins are by submission; his sole KO victory was over Primagomed Arslanov, Bahshiev’s second professional career fight.

Ready to capitalize on every opportunity M-1 gives him, Bahshiev will have his hands full with Antun Racic; both men are proven submission fighters and both are equally eager to deliver a victory and mount a run up the contention ladder. Considered the underdog in his next outing, Bahshiev will need to prove the doubters wrong and do what he does best – lock on his trademark heel-hook or joint-jacking armbar.

LIVE broadcast coverage of the M-1 Ukraine European Battle will be available to viewers worldwide on the official M-1 Global website ( and M-1 Global facebook fan page starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST.

The 2011 European M-1 Selection tournament second quarterfinal round will be held July 16th, 2011; entitled Battle on the Neva River 5, the event will hail seaside in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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