Canadian veteran Chris Kelades (12-4) is making his debut in bantamweight on September 28th. The Greek Assassin is known as a well-rounded fighter with excellent striking and grappling skills. Kelades won his first fight in M-1 Global by submission and was going to get his flyweight title shot after a couple more victories, but lost the next bout and now he moves up to the new division.
Vadim Malygin (12-4-1) is also an ex-flyweight fighter. After winning his first two fights in M-1 Global Malygin received his title shot, but has been submitted by the current champ Aleksander Doskalchuk. Bad Santa is a great finisher, in his professional career five times he knocked his opponents out and five times got the tap.
Both athletes have 12-4 in their records and have lost their last fights, so they’ll be extremely motivated to win the upcoming bout at M-1 Challenge 97 TATFIGHT 7 in Kazan, Russia.