"Storm" Rising: Alexander Shlemenko avenges 2 ½-year-old loss stops Brandon Halsey in 25 seconds

"Storm" Rising: Alexander Shlemenko avenges 2 ½-year-old loss stops Brandon Halsey in 25 seconds

Alexander Shlemenko's sensation stoppage of Brandon Halsey sets up a possible trilogy match

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MMA star Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko needed only 25 seconds to avenge a loss to middleweight Brandon "Bull" Halsey in last night's M-1 Challenge 79 headliner at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

M-1 Challenge 79 was a part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum's Cultural Program. Nine different countries were represented in this International event: Russia, USA, UK, Israel, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, South Korea, Ukraine.

Shlemenko (56-7-0, M-1: 6-0-0) came out for the opening bell with force, unloading a series of powerful kicks and punches to the body of an overwhelmed Halsey (9-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), who made his M-1 Global debut, and he was unable to make it past the 25-seconds mark of the opening round.

In this battle of former Bellator champions, Shlemenko gained revenge for his Bellator loss to Halsey, by way of a rear-naked-choke in 35-seconds, on September 26, 2014.

Shlemenko, fighting out of Russia, noted after the fight that his electrifying start wasn't a coincidence. "I'm just happy," he said. "I mean, if I'd just won, everyone would say, 'Well, I got it done.' But, I won in 25 seconds; it's just real happiness. I think everyone's happy. It was wonderful and beautiful and no left no questions,"

Halsey later said he's ready for a third match against Shlemenko to complete their trilogy. "I'm ready to go against Russian again," Halsey commented. "You all saw that Alexander came out aggressively. He had a good start and everything was pre-decided. I lost and it hurts, but I'm ready to go back to battle. I will not excuse myself. There's nothing less to worry about than anyone else's opinion in the forums. Today, Shlemenko was stronger. I am prepared learn from my mistakes. I got a quick win last time. Now, Shlemenko won quickly. The score is 1-to-1 and I am ready to meet him again to finally determine who is the better fighter.

Russian welterweight Sergey Romanov (11-0, M-1: 5-1-0) defeated M-1 pro-debuting Arda "Boma Ye" Adas (7-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Germany, by first-round technical knockout due to an arm injury.

Russian lightweight Alexey "Ataman" Makhno (14-5-0, M-1: 4-2-0) took a majority decision over Brazilian Michel "Sassarito" Silva (18-6-1, M-1: 0-1-0), while Russian middleweight Oleg Oleniochev (9-4-0, M-1: 2-0-0) won a unanimous decision over Enoc Solves Torres (19-10-1, M-1: 5-7-1).

In the main card opener, Russian bantamweight Dalgiev Khamzat (9-1-0, M-1: 6-1-0) used a heel hook to submit Brit Dragan "Little Wonder" Pesic (13-8-0, M-1: 0-1-0).

American bantamweight "The Finisher" Josh Rettinghouse (15-4-0, M-1: 3-0-0) remained unbeaten in M-1 Global competition, submitting previously undefeated Bakhtiyar "Baha" Toychubaev (6-1-1, M-1: 0-1-0) in the second round with a rear-naked choke.

Also fighting on the preliminary card were winners by unanimous decision: Ukrainian light heavyweight Dmitriy Mikutsa (7-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russian heavyweight Anton Vyazigin (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) and Russian bantamweight Alexander Osetrov (2-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), respectively, against Russian Dmitry Tebekin (5-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Ukrainian Yuri Protsenko (8-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0) and Israeli Almog Shay (2-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0).

Russian bantamweight Bair Shtepin (4-2-0, M-1: 1-2-0) punched out "Hellboy" Won Jun Jang (4-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of South Korea, in the first round. Russian lightweights Nikolay Goncjarpv (0-0-1, M-1: 0-0-1) and Maxim Pugachev (7-1-1, M-1: 3-0-1) fought to a three-round draw.


Complete results below:

MAIN CARD

MAIN EVENT - MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Alexander Shlemenko (56-7-0, M-1: 6-0-0), Russia

WTKO1 (0:25 - punches)

Brandon Halsey (9-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), USA

 

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Sergey Romanov (11-1-0, M-1: 4-2-0), Russia

WTKO1 (4:19 - arm injury)

Arda Adas (7-3-0, M-1: 0-010), Germany

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Alexey Makhno (14-5-0, M-1: 4-2-0), Russia

WDEC3

Michael Silva (18-6-1, M-1: 0-1-0) Brazil

 

MIDDLEWEIGHTS

Oleg Olenichev (9-4-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Russia

WDEC3

Enoc Solves Torres (19-10-1, M-1: 5-7-1), Spain

 

BANTAMWEIGHTS

Dalgiev Khamzat (9-1-0, M-1: 6-1-0), Russia

WSUB1 (heel hook)

Dragan Pesic (13-8-0, M-1: 0-1-0), UK

 

PRELIMINARY CARD

HEAVYWEIGHTS

Anton Vyazigin (8-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia

DEC3

Yuri Protsenko (8-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Ukraine

 

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

Dmitry Mikutsa (7-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Ukraine

WDEC3

Dmitry Tebekin (5-3-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia

 

LIGHTWEIGHTS

Nikolay Goncharov (0-0-1, M-1: 0-0-1), Russia

Draw3

Maxim Pugachev(7-1-1, M-1: 3-0-1), Russia

 

BANTAMWEIGHTS

Josh Rettinghose (15-4-0, M-1: 3-0-0), USA

WSUB2 (4:31 - rear-naked choke)

Bakhtiyar Toychubaev (6-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Kyrgzstan

 

Bair Shtepin (4-2-0, M-1: 1-2-0), Russia

WKO3 (2:31 - punches)

Won Jun Jang (4-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), South Korea

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