[Update] M-1 Global announced this week that Lloyd "Kadillac" Marshbanks will rejoin Team USA East, replacing the previously announced Ness Harris at heavyweight for the finals.
Teams USA East and Russian Legion punched their tickets to the 2009 M-1 Challenge finals back in September, and last Thursday M-1 announced the official lineups for both squads. Below are the finals pairings, set to take place in St. Petersburg on December 3rd:
1. Lightweight (154 lbs.): Ivan "Batman" Jorge (11-0 / USA East) vs. Yuri Ivlev (11-5 / Russian Legion)
2. Welterweight (167 lbs.): Gerson "Indio" Cordeiro (5-8-1 / USA East) vs. Magomed Shikshabekov (5-0 / Russian Legion)
3. Middleweight (185 lbs.): Danilo "Motoserra" Pereira (16-6 / USA East) vs. Ansar Chalangov (10-4 / Russian Legion)
4. Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.): Chuck Grigsby (17-5 / USA East) vs. Besike Gerinava (9-1-1 / Russian Legion)
5. Heavyweight (+205 lbs.): Lloyd "Kadillac" Marshbanks (19-10 / USA East) vs. Akhmed Sultanov (8-4 / Russian Legion)