American bantamweight George Garcia (9-3) made his M-1 Global debut earlier this year. In that fight "Gorgeous” proved what a great grappler he is. Taking the fight on a short notice he was losing it, but managed to add the seventh submission victory to his record locking in the RNC just 20 seconds before the end of the fight.
Bair Shtepin (7-3) of Russia had been riding a three-fight winning streak before his latest fight, when he was defeated in a contenders bout. Shtepin is a well-rounded fighter and a great finisher, four times he won by knockout and twice by submission. Bair was close to get his title shot, but now he has to start his way back to the top.