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M-1 Challenge 70 weights & pictures from Russia

M-1 Challenge 70 weights & pictures from Russia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 CHALLENGE 70: “BATTLE IN TAIGA” OFFICIAL WEIGHTS MAIN CARD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 ANDREY SELEDTSOV (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russia 196 lbs. (89.0 kg) vs. RENE HOPPE (5-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Germany 194 ½ lbs. (88.3 kg) Kunchenko weighs in MAIN EVENT — WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 ALEXEY KUNCHENKO (13-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), Russia 174 lbs. (79.0 kg) vs. EDUARDO “Camelo” RAMON (11-2-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil 174 lbs. (79.0 kg) LIGHTWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 MAXIM DIVNICH (12-0-0, M-1: 6-1-0), Russia 154 ½ lbs. (70.1 KG) vs. ARTEM DAMKOVSKY (20-1-0, M-1: 10-7-0), Belarus 154 ½ lbs. (70.3 kg) FEATHERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 TIMUR NAGIBIN (7-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0), Russia 144 lbs. (65.6 kg) vs. ALEXEY NEVZOROV (9-2-0, M-1: 4-1-0), Russia 144 lbs. (65.6 kg) BANTAMWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 MOKTAR “Le Kabyle” BENKACI (11-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), France 135 lbs. (61.3 kg) vs....

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M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70

M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 Challenge welterweight champion  Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70 September 10 in Syktyvkar, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August 19, 2016) – M-1 Challenge welterweightAlexey Kunchenko will put his title belt and undefeated record on the lineSeptember 10 versus upset-minded challenger Maxim Grabovich, headliningM-1 Challenge 70 in Syktyvkar, Russia, M-1 Global has announced. M-1 Challenge 70 will be streamed live from Russia in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. The 32-year-old Kunchenko (13-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), fighting out of Tyumen, Russia, captured the title in his last...

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WSOF Global Champ, Evgeny Erokhin, Headlining for Vladimir Putin

WSOF Global Champ, Evgeny Erokhin, Headlining for Vladimir Putin WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING – GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, EVGENY EROKHIN, TO HEADLINE EVENT HOSTING VLADIMIR PUTIN   Event Scheduled for August 21 at Metro Arena in Sochi, Russia SOCHI, RUSSIA  August 17, 2016  World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) Heavyweight Champion, Evgeny Erokhin (15-4), has been called to action to compete in front of Russian President, Vladimir Putin. WSOF Global’s Erokhin will headline a special, exclusive event to be held by League S-70 in Sochi, Russia on August 21, in honor of the President of the Russian Federation. It is well documented the strong support that President Putin has shown MMA, a practitioner of Sambo and Judo since the age of 12. He currently holds a 6th dan (red/white belt) in Judo, as well as an 8th dan black belt in Kyokushin Kaikan Karate. He was presented the...

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M-1 Global continues worldwide expansion

M-1 Global continues worldwide expansion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 Global continues worldwide expansion SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (August 11, 2016) – In nearly 20 years since its founding, M-1 Global has promoted 215 events, including more than 2,000 matches, in 17 different countries on three continents. M-1 Global’s homeland of Russia has hosted, of course, the most events with 128. Followed by Yuri Fuuta-led Belarus, which in only five years (2010 to 2014) has presented 29 competitions, and Ukraine, led by Dmitry Khristyuk, with 20. While the three leading hosts of M-1 events are former Soviet Union-bloc nations, the fourth leading host in the MMA World is the United States with 10: 8 independent, M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge and M-1 Breakthrough, which showcased a rising star at that time, “King“ Mo Lawal, versus Mark Kerr in the main event, as well as two super shows in partnership with Affliction, in which Fedor Emelianenko crushed former UFC...

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M-1 Challenge 69 weights & pictures from Russia

 M-1 Challenge 69 weights & pictures from Russia M-1 CHALLENGE 69 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS MAIN CARD HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5   DENIS SMOLDAREV (11-2-0, M-1: 7-2-0), Estonia 270 lbs. (122.7 kg) vs. KENNY “Deuce” GARNER (16-9-0, M-1: 9-7-0), Russia 271 ½ lbs. (123.3 kg) MARCUS “Montanha” VINICIUS LOPES (9-4-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil 225 lbs. (102.3 kg) vs. KURBAN “Shkaf” IBRAGIMOV (5-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0), Russia 224 lbs. (101.9 kg) FEATHERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5   RAFAEL DIAS (11-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil 133 ½ lbs. (60.7 kg) vs. SERGEY MOROZOV (6-1-0, M-1: 2-1-0), Kazakhstan 134 ½ lbs. (65.6 kg) ANDREY “Iron” LEZHNEV (8-6-0, M-1: 2-2-0), Ukraine 144 lbs. (65.4 kg) vs. LEE “Bulldog” MORRISON (15-6-0, M-1: 2-3-0), USA 144 lbs. (65.6 kg) ANTUN “Killer” RACIC (18-7-0, M-1: 3-4-0), Brazil 136 lbs. (62.0 kg) vs. MUSA KAZIKHANOV (3-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Russia 136 lbs. (62.0 kg) FLYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5   RONNY GOMEZ (3-4-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Spain 145 lbs....

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Solid main card set for this Saturday’s M-1 Challenge 69 in Ingushetia, Russia

Solid main card set for this Saturday’s M-1 Challenge 69 in Ingushetia, Russia For Immediate Release Solid main card set for this Saturday’s M-1 Challenge 69: Battle in the Mountains 5    Denis Smoldarev vs. Kenny Garner   July 16 in Ingushetia, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (July 11, 2016) – M-1 Global has put together a solid main card for this Saturday night’s M-1 Challenge 69: Battle in the Mountains 5, headlined by heavyweights Denis Smoldarev (11-2-0, M-1: 7-2-0), a two-time M-1 Challenge heavyweight title challenger, and former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner (16-9-0, M-1: 9-7-0), at Targin in Ingushetia, Russia. M-1 Challenge 69 will be streamed live from Ingushetia in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and...

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Team Maldonado files WMMAA appeal to reassess result of June 17th Emelianenko vs. Maldonado fight in Russia

Team Maldonado files WMMAA appeal to reassess result of June 17th Emelianenko vs. Maldonado fight in Russia For Immediate Release Team Maldonado files WMMAA appeal to reassess result of June 17th Emelianenko vs.  Maldonado fight in Russia MONTE CARLO, Monaco (July 4, 2016) — The World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) has received an appeal from Stefano Sartori, manager of Brazilian fighterFabio Maldonado, to reassess the result of his June 17th fight with Fedor Emelianenko, which headlined Fight Nights Global 50 in Saint Petersburgh, Russia. Emelianenko was awarded a win by majority decision, which Team Malondado has appealed, claiming a conflict of interest because all of the judges are employed by the Russian MMA Union, of which Emelianenko serves as president. Team Maldonado believes Maldonando should have won the decision, or the fight declared a draw at the very least, in their opinion, as the Brazilian clearly won the first round,...

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Heavyweight headliner for M-1 Challenge 69 Denis Smoldarev vs. Kenny Garner

Heavyweight headliner for M-1 Challenge 69 Denis Smoldarev vs. Kenny Garner For Immediate Release Heavyweight headliner for M-1 Challenge 69 Denis Smoldarev vs. Kenny Garner   July 16 in Ingushetia, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (June 29, 2016) – M-1 Global has announced heavyweightsDenis Smoldarev and American MMA veteran Kenny “Deuce” Garner will square off in the M-1 Challenge 69 main event, Saturday night, July 16, in Ingushetia, Russia. M-1 Challenge 69 will be streamed live from Ingushetia in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. Known as the “Brock Lesnar of Estonia,” Smoldarev (11-2-0, M-1: 7-2-0) is a combat sambo specialist and two-time M-1 Challenge heavyweight title challenger.  In his last fight this past February at M-1 Challenge...

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Shlemenko submits Vasilevsky to capture M-1 Grand Prix middleweight championship

  For Immediate Release Shlemenko submits Vasilevsky to capture M-1 Grand Prix middleweight championship   Volkov KOs Vegh to retain M-1 Challenge heavyweight title   M-1 Challenge 68 OFFICIAL RESULTS New M-1 Grand Prix middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (June 17, 2016) – Former three-time Bellator championAlexander “Storm” Shlemenko submitted Vyacheslav Vasilevsky to capture the M-1 Grand Prix Middleweight Championship, while fellow Russian Alexander “Drago” Volkov knocked out Attila “Pumukli” Vegh, last night at M-1 Challenge 68 in St. Petersburg, Russia’s Yubileyny Sports Palace. Shlemenko (53-9-0, M-1: 4-0-0) qualified for the M-1 Grand Prix middleweight final as did reigning M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (14-3-0, M-1: 8-1-0).  Leading up to their showdown, however, Emeev suffered ligament damage to his elbow, forcing him out of his fight with Shlemenko.  Vasilevsky (28-5-0, M-1: 10-3-0), who Shlemenko had defeated by decision in the M-1 Grand Prix middleweight semifinals, accepted the challenge to replace Emeev...

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M-1 Challenge 68 weights & pictures from Russia

M-1 Challenge 68 weights & pictures from Russia PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release M-1 CHALLENGE 68 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS M-1 Challenge 68 WATCH ON M-1GLOBAL.TV Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT in U.S.A.   OFFICIAL WEIGHTS MAIN CARD MAIN EVENT – M-1 GRAND PRIX MIDDLEWEIHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5 ALEXANDER “Storm” SHLEMENKO (52-9-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia 184 1/2 lbs. (83.7 kg) vs. VYACHESLAV VASILEVSKY (28-4-0, M-1: 10-2-0), Russia 185 lbs. (84.0 kg) CO-FEATURE – M-1 CHALLENGE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5 ALEXANDER “Drago” VOLKOV (25-6-0, M-1: 9-3-0), Russia 238 lbs. (108.0 kg) vs. ATTILA “Pumukli” VEGH (11-1-0, M-1: 7-1-0), Slovakia 220 lbs. (100.1 kg) WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 SERGEI ROMANOV (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia 169 1/2 lbs. (76.9 kg) vs. ANDREAS BIRGELS (12-9-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Germany 169 1/2 lbs. (76.9 kg) ABUKAR YANDIEV (4-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia 175 lbs. (79.5 kg) vs. TONY CHRISTODOULOU (12-6-0, M-1:...

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