Sky-high expectations set on Sarnavskiy at M-1 Challenge XXII

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 it 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.”

With the victory, the 21-year-old Sarnavskiy improved 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.

Coming away unscathed, Sarnavskiy was quickly added to M-1’s follow up event, M-1 Challenge XXII which goes down December 10th from the Druzhba Arena in Moscow, Russia where is slated to fight the relatively inexperienced Arsen Ubaidulaev (1-3).

Although viewed as heavy underdog coming into the fight, Ubaidulaev was quick to take the tilt and is ready to create the upset victory that hands the ‘Tiger’ the first loss of his career. On December 10th, fans worldwide will see if Ubaidulaev’s confidence is simply lip service or if he can deliver on the daunting task set in front of him.

Simply put, this is a bout that Sarnavskiy has to win.

Catch the action LIVE online at the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com starting 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST.

Watch Sarnavskiy vs. Kuku: