New York, NY (January 17, 2011) – Adding some anticipated lightweight fury into the undercard mix at M-1 Challenge XXIII on Saturday, March 5th, Team MMA Spirit’s Daniel Weichel (25-7) will face the talented Rusfighters propsect Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-4); all the evening’s action from the Crocus City Arena in Moscow, Russia can be caught LIVE online for free on the official M-1 website,, starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST.

“Weichel put on a clinic his last time out and his exciting, relentless fighting style is a welcome addition to an already great card at M-1 Challenge XXIII,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “With Khasbulaev keeping eye on developments in the weight classes and making the smart transition to 155 pounds, he’s had good success however Weichel will be the toughest test since moving down.”

Since his loss to current M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Shamil Zavurov, Khasbulaev has elected to shed the pounds and drop to lightweight which seems to have improved his game; a crafty and versatile fighter in his own right, Khasbulaev is riding a two-fight streak and has gone 4-1 since July. Weichel, on the other hand, delivered an astonishing performance over Yuri Ivlev this past October making the German striker victorious in seven of his last eight bouts.

The winner of this lightweight contention bout steps closer in the right direction for a potential title shot down the road.

Under Card Bouts:

Daniel Weichel (25-7)  vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-4) Lightweight

Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (5-3)  vs. Alexander Volkov (9-2-1) Heavyweight

  • Additional bouts to be announced

Championship Bout

Heavyweight Division:

Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (10-0) clashes with Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (7-4)

  • Additional bouts to be announced shortly

Free broadcast coverage of the entire M-1 Challenge XXIII event will be available live to viewers worldwide on

With M-1 Challenge champions established in all five weight classes, a true contenders system will fuel events throughout 2011, driving  M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.

2011’s full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe are primed to be mega-event spectaculars where Champions defend their titles and contenders jockey for position for a coveted shot at the gold. Feeding the contention system will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

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