Sarnavskiy Destroys KuKu at M-1 Challenge XXI and Earns KO of the Night

Midway through M-1 Global’s greatest event of 2010, the talented rising star, Alexander ‘Tiger’ Sarnavskiy showed the crowd and fans watching via live stream why he is considered one of Russia’s most dangerous lightweight fighters. Sarnavskiy unleashed a devastating spinning back-fist that knocked out Victor Kuku in epic fashion, ending the anticipated bout in only 14 seconds and marking the bout as one of 2010’s greatest MMA knock-outs.

“There wasn’t a person inside the Ice Palace whose jaw didn’t drop,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “This is easily a candidate for ‘knock-out’ of the year.”

Both Sarnavskiy and Kuku started the opening round by touching gloves. In his typical acrobatic style, Kuku faked a jumping leg kick, landed and ate the spinning back-fist that sent him to the canvass; adding salt to the wound for safe measure, the ‘Tiger’ pounced on his prey to deliver the bout-ending blows to insure the ref intervened to stop the fight.

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With the victory, the 21-year-old Sarnavskiy now improves to 11-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and drew light to his position as one of RusFighters Sports Club’s marquee fighters alongside teammate Alexander Schlemenko.

Following on the heels of a phenomenal night of fights, M-1 Global proudly announces its sophomore super-event for 2010 with M-1 Challenge XXII: Gallicchio vs. Zavurov Friday December 10th from the Druzhba Arena in Moscow, Russia. The evening crowns the remaining Challenge series champions with battles in the Light Heavyweight, Middleweight and Welterweight divisions.