The M-1 Challenge XXVII card scheduled for Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix took a hit on Friday, just one week away from fight night. The promotion announced that M-1 Global Champion Guram Gugenishvili was forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Kenny Garner due to injury.
Gugenishvili had been training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas when the injury occurred earlier this week. According to M-1 Global, Gugenishvili injured his elbow during wrestling drills and after getting the elbow checked, he was not cleared to fight.
M-1 officials are hopeful that Gugenishvili can recover and defend his title sometime before the end of 201.
Taking Gugenishvili’s place on the card will be Maxim Grishin, a fighter that is on a four fight-winning streak, with three of those wins coming via TKO.
The complete fight card for the event:
Kenny Garner vs Maxim Grishin
Vinny Magalhaes vs Mikhail Zayats
Arthur Guseinov vs Eddie Arizmendi
Tom Gallicchio vs Daniel Madrid
Yasubey Enomoto vs Josh Thorpe
David Morgan vs Silvester Villereal
Mike Chavez vs Joe Martinez