M-1 Challenge 79 Weigh-in Results: Alexander Shlemenko, Brandon Halsey Ready to Roll

By Mike Sloan May 31, 2017
M-1 Challenge 79 is set to deliver a night of mixed martial arts action on Thursday and an intriguing middleweight encounter will serve as the main event. Alexander Shlemenko will take on Brandon Halsey in a rematch nearly three years in the making and at Wednesday’s weigh-ins, the two combatants -- and everybody else on the marquee -- made weight.

Shlemenko, a former Bellator MMA middleweight champion who has also won two 185-pound tournaments as well as the M-1 Global middleweight grand prix, has been waiting long and hard to get another crack at Halsey. The Russian had defended his Bellator crown three times before losing it to Halsey via first-round technical submission at Bellator 126. “Storm” came in on point at the scale as he weighed in at 183 pounds.

Halsey never got a chance to defend his title a single time because on what was supposed to be his first defense, he failed to make weight prior to his Bellator 137 win over Kendall Grove. In his following match, the American lost via second-round TKO to Rafael Carvalho for the vacant middleweight strap at Bellator 144. After losing to John Salter at Bellator 156, Halsey wants nothing more than to get back into championship form and nothing would be better than to topple an old foe. Halsey came in at 186 pounds, just at the maximum allowed weight.

The action will come to fight fans from SC Jubilee in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will be streamed live on www.m1global.tv beginning at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT.

M-1 Challenge 79 Weigh-in Results:

Alexander Shlemenko (183) vs. Brandon Halsey (186)
Arda Adas (168) vs. Sergey Romanov (169.5)
Michael Silva (154) vs. Alexey Makhno (154.5)
Oleg Olenichev (184) vs. Enoc Solves Torres (183.5)
Dragan Pesic (147) vs. Dalgiev Khamzat (148.5)
Anton Vyazigin (257) vs. Yuri Protsenko (255.5)
Dmitriy Mikutsa (209) vs. Dmitry Tebekin (205)
Dejan Stefanoski (172) vs. Danila Prikaza (169)
Josh Rettinghouse (138) vs. Bakhtiyar Toychubaev (136)
Won Jun Jang (134.5) vs. Bair Shtepin (134)
Almog Shay (135) vs. Alexander Ostetrov (134)
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