Category Archives: M-1 Challenge

Evloev stops Nevzorov to capture Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title

Evloev stops Nevzorov to capture Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Evloev stops Nevzorov to capture Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title M-1 CHALLENGE 76 RESULTS NAZRAN, Ingushetia, Russia (April 23, 2017) – Undefeated Movsar Evloev captured the Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title in last night’s M-1 Challenge 76 main event at Nazran, Ingushetia, Russia. Evloev improved his professional MMA record to 7-0-0, all in M-1 Challenge events, by knocking out Russian Alexey Nevzorov (12-3-0, M-1: 6-2-0) in the second round. Evloev, who was coming off an impressive three-round decision over American Lee Morrison, took advantage of his opportunity to fight for the interim title, due to a long-term injury to reigning M-1 Challenge bantamweight champion Pavel Vitruk. The judges were busy as seven of the other nine fights on the M-1 Challenge 76 card went the full distance.  Fighters represented six different countries on this...

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M-1 CHALLENGE 76 MAIN CARD SET

M-1 CHALLENGE 76 MAIN CARD SET FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 CHALLENGE 76 MAIN CARD SET   Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title This Saturday night in Ingushetia, Russia MOSCOW (April 18, 2017) – The M-1 Challenge 76 main card is set, headlined by an Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title fight, between top contenders Alexey Nevzorov and Movsar Evloev, for this Saturday night (April 22) in Ingushetia, Russia. Nevzorov (12-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0) and Evloev (6-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), both representing Russia, are fighting for the Interim M0-1 Challenge bantamweight championships due to a long-term injury to the reigning champion, Pavel Vitruk, The Davella brothers from Brazil, bantamweight Heliton (15-5-0, M-1: 0-0-0) and featherweight Diego (18-5-0), will be in action against a pair of Russian opponents, respectively, Khamzat Dalgiev (8-1-0, M-1: 5-0-0) and Timur Nagibin (8-2-0, M-1: 4-1-0). Another Brazilian fighter,...

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Busy May & June for M-1 Global

Busy May & June for M-1 Global FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Busy May & June for M-1 Global   ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (March 31, 2017) – M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein (pictured above) has announced five M-1 Challenge events to be held this May and June. Below is a Q & A with the veteran MMA promoter: Can you tell us about plans for upcoming M-1 Global events? VF: “In the next 2-3 months we will promote an extremely full schedule of events. Through the middle of June, we will promote five – I’m not afraid to use these words – grandiose tournaments. April 22nd there’s an event being held in Nazran, which was arranged with the support of the local government, and dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ingushetia. On May 19th, in collaboration with Rostec and Rosoboronexport corporations, we will hold a truly spectacular event in Sochi. Our traditional tournament...

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Top Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov Commits to fighting on M-1 Challenge 80 card

Top Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov Commits to fighting on M-1 Challenge 80 card FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Top Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov Commits to fighting on M-1 Challenge 80 card June 15 in China   MOSCOW (March 27, 2017) – Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov has committed to fighting June 15 on the M-1 Challenge 80 card in Harbin, China.  Kharitonov will square-off against veteran Brazilian MMA fighter Marcus Viniciuds “Montanha” Lopes in the main event. Kharitonov (23-6-0, M-1: 3-0-0) is undefeated in three M-1 Challenge events having defeated former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner twice, at M-1 Challenge 59 in 2015 at Kazakhstan (WKO/TKO4 – punches) and M-1 Challenge 43 in 2013 at China, (KO/TKO3 – injury), and to Alexei Kudin at M-1 Challenge 53 in 2014 Russia (KO2). Kharitonov, who has also fought in Strikeforce and PRIDE, has defeated some of...

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Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title

Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title M-1 Challenge 76, April 22, in Ingushetia MOSCOW (March 21, 2017) – M-1 Global has ordered an Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title fight, due to a long-term injury to reigning champion Pavel Vitruk, between top contenders Alexey Nevzorov and Movsar Evloev at M-1 Challenge 76, April 22, in Ingushetia, Russia. Representing the famed Alexander Nevsky OEMK Team in Stary Oskol, Russia, the home gym for living legend Fedor Emelianenko, Nevsorov (12-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0) has won his last three fights, including a second-round stoppage of Andrey Lezhnev this past December at M-1 Challenge 73, and a three-round decision last September over Timur Nagibin at M-1 Challenge 70.   Nevorov (pictured above) will be dropping down in weight...

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Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title

Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexey Nevzorov & Movsar Evloev to fight for Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title M-1 Challenge 76, April 22, in Ingushetia MOSCOW (March 21, 2017) – M-1 Global has ordered an Interim M-1 Challenge bantamweight title fight, due to a long-term injury to reigning champion Pavel Vitruk, between top contenders Alexey Nevzorov and Movsar Evloev at M-1 Challenge 76, April 22, in Ingushetia, Russia. Representing the famed Alexander Nevsky OEMK Team in Stary Oskol, Russia, the home gym for living legend Fedor Emelianenko, Nevsorov (12-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0) has won his last three fights, including a second-round stoppage of Andrey Lezhnev this past December at M-1 Challenge 73, and a three-round decision last September over Timur Nagibin at M-1 Challenge 70.   Nevorov (pictured above) will be dropping down in weight...

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Alexander Shlemenko defeats Paul Bradley, Kunchenko retains M-1 Challenge welterweight title

Alexander Shlemenko defeats Paul Bradley, Kunchenko retains M-1 Challenge welterweight title FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Alexander Shlemenko defeats Paul Bradley, Kunchenko retains M-1 Challenge title M-1 CHALLENGE 74 OFFICIAL RESULTS   (R) Alexander Shlemenko kicked his way to another victory MOSCOW (March 4, 2017) — Russian middleweight Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko defeated American Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley and undefeated M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko retained his title last night in the loaded M-1 Challenge 75 card at Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia A three-time Bellator champion, Shlemenko (55-9-0. 1 NC, M-1: 5-0-0) spoiled the M-1 Global debut of former Ring of Combat champion Bradley (23-8-0, M-1: 0-1-0), fighting out of San Diego, by way of a three-round unanimous decision in the main event of the evening.  Shlemenko, who last year captured the M-1 Grand Prix Middleweight Championship, remained undefeated in M-1 Global competition. Kunchenko (16-0-0,...

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M-1 Challenge 75 weights & pictures

M-1 Challenge 75 weights & pictures M-1 CHALLENGE 75 OFFICIAL WEIGHTS MAIN CARD MAIN EVENT – MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 (L) ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO (54-9-0, 1 NC, M-1: 4-0-0), Russia  184 1/2 lbs. (83.9 kg) vs. (R) PAUL BRADLEY (23-7-0, 2 NC, M-1: 0-0-0), USA 184 lbs. (83.6 kg) M-1 CHALLENGE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5 (L) ALEXEY KUNCHENKO (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0-0), Champion, Russia 169 1/2 lbs. (77 kg) vs.  (R) MAKSIM GRABOVICH (5-2-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Challenger, Russia 164 1/2 lbs. (74.8 kg) WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 SERGEY ROMANOV (10-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia 169 1/2 lbs. (77 kg) MAGOMED SULTANAKHMEDOV (18-5-0, M-1: 10-1-0), Russia 169 1/2 lbs.  (77.1 kg) LIGHTWEIGHTS — 3 X 5 MAXIM DIVNICH (12-2-0, M-1: 6-2-0), Russia 154 lbs. (70.1 kg) vs. KEON CALDWELL (11-3-0, M-1: 0-0-0), USA 154 lbs. (70.1 kg) LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 BORIS POLEZHAY (15-5-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Ukraine 204...

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Rashid Yusupov defeats Stephen Puetz To retrain M-1 Challenge light heavyweight crown

Rashid Yusupov defeats Stephen Puetz To retrain M-1 Challenge light heavyweight crown FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rashid Yusupov defeats Stephen Puetz To retrain M-1 Challenge light heavyweight crown   Abukar Yandiev destroys Alexander Butenko To become new M-1 Challenge lightweight champion M-1 CHALLENGE 74 OFFICIAL RESULTS       Yusupov (7-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), fighting out of Russia, remained undefeated with a brutal, bloody victory over former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800” Puetz (15-3-0, 6-2-), of Germany, whose corner stopped the fight during the third round.     Wildly popular Russian fighter Yandiev (9-1-0, M-1: 3-1-0) immediately opened his title fight challenge with a powerful right-handed punch that floored defending champion Alexander “Iron Capture” Butenko (42-12-2, M-1: 9-2-0).  Yankiev relentlessly attacked veteran Butenko, firing more than 60 unanswered strikes on the fallen Ukranian veteran, until the referee mercifully halted the fight at 1:65 of the first...

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M-1 Challenge 74 weights & pictures

M-1 Challenge 74 weights & pictures FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 Challenge 74 Weights & Pictures OFFICIAL WEIGHTS MAIN CARD M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT – 5 X 5 (R) RASHID YUSUPOV (6-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), Champion, Russia 205 lbs. (93.1 kg) vs. (L) STEPHAN “T-800” PUETZ (15-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0), Challenger, Germany 204 ½ lbs. (92.9 kg) M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 5 X 5 (R) ALEXANDER “Iron Capture” BOTENKO (42-11-2, M-1: 9-1-0), Champion, Ukraine 165 lbs. (75 kg) vs. (L) ABUKAR YANDIEV (8-1-0, M-1: 2-1-0), Challenger, Russia 154 ½ lbs. (70.2 kg) WELTERWEIGHTS – 3 X 5 DAMIR ISMAGULOV (9-2-0, M-1: 5-1-0), Russia by way of Kazakhstan 159 lbs. (72.3 kg) MORGAN HERAUD (6-5-0, M-1: 0-0-0), France 158 ½ lbs. (72 kg) LIGHTWEIGHTS — 3 X 5 ARTIOM DAMKOVSKY (22-10-0, M-1: 12-7-0), Belarus 154 ½ lbs. (70.2 kg) vs. ERIVAN “Negao” PEREIRA (7-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), Brazil 151...

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