Category Archives: M-1 GLOBAL

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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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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