Ryan Sturdy won a decision over EliteXC vet John Doyle at the M-1 Challenge friday night. Sturdy took this fight on a weeks notice and moved up a weight class to light heavy. This fight did not come without more surprises as on the night of the weigh ins Sturdy’s original opponent Abdullah Ahmady was declared ineligible to fight by the commission due the the fact that his record could not be confirmed. Doyle was the last minute replacement.
Sturdy suffered a cut above the eye due to an accidental head butt which almost stopped the fight, but Ryan was able to turn up the pressure and the officials allowed him to continue on to a unanimous decision.
MMAweekly gave sturdy the unofficial fight of the night honors.
Ryan Sturdy the current Extreme Challenge middleweight champion will move up in weight to take a short notice fight to join the World Team at M-1 Challenge on June 5th. Ryan is on a 3 fight win streak and will put his 9-2-1 record on the line as he faces team Turkey’s Abdullah Ahmady.
The fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to emanate from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0).
Team USA East will look to retain sole possession of first place in Group C when it takes on Team Finland (1-0). While USA East and Finland both are undefeated, USA East leads by the slimmest of margins as it holds a one fight advantage in the first tie-breaker category of individual fight record.
In addition to the headline challenge fight between USA East and Finland, two additional two matchups between England vs. France and Turkey vs. the World Team are also scheduled.
This will mark the second time in less than 10 months that the M-1 Challenge has held an event in Kansas City, the home venue of M-1 Global live events president Joe Kelly.