Lightweight battle added to M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Grishin

Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Victor Kuku

New York City, New York (September 13, 2010) – One of the most promising young fighters from Russia, Alexander ‘The Tiger’ Sarnavskiy meets one of Western Europe’s most outrageous mixed martial artists, Victor Kuku, in a lightweight contenders battle at M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Grishin; M-1 Global to crown its first ever champions in the lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions.

“The first Championship belts in M-1’s history will be awarded at M-1 Challenge XXI,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global.  “Making the night even greater is the stacked undercard of contention bouts which will begin driving the Challenge series into 2011.”

Matchups include:

Alexander Sarnavsky (10-0) vs. Victor Kuku (7-5-1)

Rashid Magomedov (6-2) vs. Igor Araujo (18-5) Welterweight

Dmitry Samoilov (8-5-1) vs. Gadzhimurad Omarov (5-0)  Light Heavyweight

  • Additional undercard bouts to be announced

Lightweight Title Fight:

Artiom Damkovsky, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (10-4) clashes with

Mairbek Taisumov, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champion (12-2)

Middleweight Title Fight:

Magomed Sultanakhmedov, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (28-4) meets

Rafał Moks, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champ (5-2)

Heavyweight Title Fight:

Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe champion (7-4) battles the undefeated

Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Selection Western Europe champion (8-0).

The Welterweight and Light Heavyweight championship bouts are scheduled for December in Atlantic City, New Jersey, establishing M-1 Challenge champions in all five weight classes.  Once executed, a true contenders system will be established to fuel events throughout 2011, driving  M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.

2011 includes a full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe. These are the mega-event spectaculars where Champions will be crowned, titles defended and contenders’ positions on the ladder will be determined. Feeding the stable of fighters will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Challenge event schedule will be available at a later date to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites.

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