Category Archives: M-1 GLOBAL

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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MMA fighters & fans of rival Russian soccer teams added to M-1 Challenge 74 card

MMA fighters & fans of rival Russian soccer teams added to M-1 Challenge 74 card FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MMA fighters & fans of rival Russian soccer teams Added to M-1 Challenge 74 card February 18 in St. Petersburg, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (February 2, 2017) – The February 18th M-1 Challenge 74 card in St. Petersburg got even more interesting with M-1Global’s announcement that a fight between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer (non-American football) teams will square-off in full team colors. In the main event, undefeated M-1 Challenge light heavyweight championRashid Yusupov (6-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), of Russia, defends his title against former titlist Stephan “T-800” Puetz (15-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0), of Germany. M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Alexander “Iron Capture” Butenko (42-11-2, M-1: 9-1-0) faces challenger Abukar Yandiev (8-1-0, M-1: 2-1-0) in the M-1 Challenge 74 co-feature. Billed as the first MMA fight part of a major...

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American middleweight Paul Bradley Steps up to challenge “Storm” Alexander Shlemenko in main event

American middleweight Paul Bradley Steps up to challenge “Storm” Alexander Shlemenko in main event FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American middleweight Paul Bradley Steps up to challenge “Storm” Alexander Shlemenko in main event M-1 Challenge 75, March 3, in Moscow, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 27, 2017) – American MMA veteran Paul “The Gentleman” Bradley has stepped up to meet the awesome challenge presented by 2016 M-1 Grand Prix middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko in the March 3rd M-1 Challenge 75 main event in Moscow. M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.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 the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. A three-time Bellator champion, Shlemenko (54-9-0. 1 NC, M-1:...

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Maksim Grabovich new opponent for M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko

Maksim Grabovich new opponent for M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maksim Grabovich new opponent for M-1 Challenge welterweight champion  Alexey Kunchenko M-1 Challenge 75, March 3, in Moscow, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 23, 2017) – Undefeated M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko will now be challenged by fellow Russian Maksim Grabovich, who has replaced injured Shavkat Rakhmonov, March 3, at M-1 Challenge 75 in Moscow. M-1 Grand Prix middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (54-9-0. 1 NC, M-1: 4-0-0),the three-time Bellator champion, will headline M-1 Challenge 75 against an opponent to soon be announced. Kunchenko (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0), fighting out of Tyumen, Russia, is a Muay Thai specialist who captured his M-1 Challenge welterweight title belt last April at M-1 Challenge 65, when defending titlist Murad Abdulaev retired during the fourth round. In a non-title fight, Kunchenko won a three-round unanimous...

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“Storm” Warning! Alexander Shlemenko to headline M-1 Challenge 75

“Storm” Warning! Alexander Shlemenko to headline M-1 Challenge 75 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Storm” Warning! Alexander Shlemenko to headline M-1 Challenge 75   American lightweight  Keon Caldwell added to loaded card March 3 in Moscow, Russia   ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 19, 2017) – M-1 Global has announced that 2016 M-1 Grand Prix middleweight champion Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko will headline M-1 Challenge 75 in Moscow. It has also been announced that American lightweight Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell will make his M-1 Global debut versus former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Maxim Divnich. M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.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 the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. Shlemenko...

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M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight Butenko vs. Yandiev added to M-1 Challenge 74

M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight Butenko vs. Yandiev added to M-1 Challenge 74 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight Butenko vs. Yandiev added to M-1 Challenge 74 February 18 in St. Petersburg, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 16, 2017) – M-1 Global has announced that M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Alexander “Iron Capture” Botenkpwill take on challenger Abukar Yandiev (8-1-0, M-1: 2-1-0) in the M-1 Challenge 74 co-feature on February 18, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The previously announced main event pits undefeated M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Rashid Yusupov (6-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0), of Russia, defends his title against former titlist Stephan “T-800” Puetz (15-2-0, M-1: 6-1-0), of Germany. M-1 Challenge 74 will be streamed live from St. Petersburg 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...

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Injured Shavkat Rakhmonov pulls out of welterweight title fight vs. Alexey Kunchenko

Injured Shavkat Rakhmonov pulls out of welterweight title fight vs. Alexey Kunchenko FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Injured Shavkat Rakhmonov pulls out of Welterweight title fight vs. Alexey Kunchenko M-1 Challenge 75, March 3 in Moscow, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 9, 2017) – A serious knee injury requiring surgery has forced undefeated Kazakhstan challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov (7-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0) to withdraw from his first title fight, March 3 against unbeaten M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0-0), of Russia, at M-1 Challenge 75 in Moscow. “I wanted this fight badly and put a lot of effort into preparation for it,” a dejected Rakhmonov explained.  “Unfortunately, I tore ligaments in my knee and, based on my medical exam, I will need surgery soon.   I apologize to all the MMA fans who were anticipating this fight.  I’ll do my best to return stronger than ever.” Welterweight...

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Sergey Romanov preparing to ruin Magomed Sultanakhmedov’s comeback party

Sergey Romanov preparing to ruin Magomed Sultanakhmedov’s comeback party FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sergey Romanov preparing to ruin Magomed Sultanakhmedov’s comeback party M-1 Challenge 75, March 3 in Moscow, Russia ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 5, 2017) – Hot welterweight prospect Sergey “Streetfighter” Romanov is training hard to ruin the comeback of Russian veteran Magomed “The White Wolf” Sultanakhmedov in an interesting match-up March 3 at M-1 Challenge 75 in Russia. The M-1 Challenge 75 main event, featuring a battle of undefeated welterweights between defending champion Alexey Kunchenko (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0-0), of Russia, takes on Kazakhstan challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov (7-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0),was previously announced. M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.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 the action on their computers, as...

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M-1 Challenge Champion Alexey Kunchenko vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov To headline M-1 Challenge 75 in Battle of Undefeated Welterweights

M-1 Challenge Champion Alexey Kunchenko vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov To headline M-1 Challenge 75 in Battle of Undefeated Welterweights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M-1 Challenge Champion Alexey Kunchenko vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov To headline M-1 Challenge 75 in Battle of Undefeated Welterweights  March 3 in Moscow, Russia   ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 2, 2017) – M-1 Global has announced a battle of undefeated fighters to headline M-1 Challenge 75 as M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko takes on top challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov, March 3, in Moscow, Russia. M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.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. Kunchenko (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0), fighting out of...

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