Vyacheslav Vasilevsky will return to action on Oct. 10. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
M-1 Global announced Thursday the addition of Vyacheslav Vasilevsky to its M-1 Challenge 62 card, set to occur on Oct. 10 in Sochi, Russia. Vasilevsky, the promotion’s former middleweight champion, will square off against American Joe Ray.
Vasilevsky captured the M-1 Challenge 185-pound title by defeating Ramazan Emeev via fourth round stoppage last September. The Russian lost his crown in his first defense when he was submitted via rear-naked choke against Emeev in a highly-anticipated rematch.
A veteran of Strikeforce, Ray is coming off a unanimous decision win over Eric Michael Fought in June. Ray, who holds a knockout win over M-1 and UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti, has been living and training in Thailand in order to improve his muay Thai skills.
M-1 Challenge 62 is headlined by a super fight between the organization’s featherweight champion Ivan Buchinger and former lightweight titlist Mansour Barnaoui. Also slated to appear on the card will be judo champion Adam Yandiev against an opponent to be named.
The event takes place at the Ice Cube Curling Center and will be streamed live on M1Global.tv.