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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (April 10, 2016) - M-1 Challenge middleweight championRamazan Emeev won last night at M-1 Challenge 65 to advance to the M-1 Global Grand Prix Middleweight Championship, while undefeated challenger Alexey Kunchenko defeated defending champion Murad "Hunter" Abdulaev to become the new M-1 Challenge welterweight titlist, at CSC Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Ramazan (14-3-0, M-1: 810), the 2015 M-1 Global Fighter of the Year, used a choke hold on his Brazilian opponent, Maiquel "Big Rig" Facao (35-9-0, M-1: 0-1-0), in their M-1 Grand Prix middleweight semifinals match. The main event ended at the 2:50 mark of the opening round as Ramazan advances to face three-time Bellator championAlexander "Storm" Shlemenko (51-9-0, M-1: 2-0-0) in the upcoming M-1 Grand Prix Middleweight Championship showdown.
|Emeev finishes off Falcao
In the co-feature, undefeated Russian Alexey Kunchenko (13-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0) wrested the M-1 Challenge welterweight title from his fellow countryman, defending championMurad "Hunter" Abdulaev (14-1-0, M-1: 5-1-0), whose corner stopped the bout in the fourth round.
|New champ Kunchenko strikes
Former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Max Divnich (12-1-0, M-1: 6-1-0) put himself back into title contention with an impressive second-round stoppage on punches of M-1 Global-debuting American opponent Robert "TQ" Turnquest (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0).
Russian middleweight prospect Artem Frolov (6-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0) kept his unbeaten pro record intact, submitting Kristijan "Klitschko" Perak (8-3-1, M-1: 0-2-1) in the first round by way of an arm-bar.
Rounding out the main card, Russian welterweight Sergei Romanov (8-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0) stopped Brazilian Sergio "Sergingo" de Fatima (12-3-1, M-1: 0-1-0) in the first round of a battle featuring a pair making their M-1 Global debut.
On the preliminary card, Russian light heavyweight Murad Kamilov (6-5-0, M-1: 1-1-0) was victorious when the corner of Brazilian veteran Charles "Gracie" Andrade (28-28-0, M-1: 1-3-0) corner stopped the match in the second round, Russian welterweightDanila Prikaza (3-0-1, M-1: 2-0-0) remained unbeaten with a first-round stoppage of Azerbaijan foe Manaf Damirli (1-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Ukrainian lightweight Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko (40-11-0, M-1: 7-1-0) won his 40th pro fight with a three-round decision over German Sascha Sharma (8-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russian lightweight Damir Ismagulov (5-2-0, M-1: 3-1-0) forced an opening-round submission of UkrainianVyacheslav Ten (12-8-2, M-1: 0-2-0) via a rear naked choke, and in a St. Petersburg MMA SuperCup match, Russian Salman Magomedov (3-0-0, M-1: 0-1-0) choked out Georgian pro-debuting Zurab Jojua (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0) with an arm triangle in the second round.
M-1 GLOBAL GRAND PRIX MIDDLEWEIGHT TOURNAMENT - SEMIFINALS
Ramazan Emeev (14-3-0, M-1: 8-1-0), Russia
WSUB 1 (Choke - 2:50)
Maiquel Falcaio (35-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Brazil
M-1 CHALLENGE WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Alexey Kunchenko (13-0-0, M-1: 5-0-0), Russia
WTKO4 (Corner Stoppage - 3:12)
Murad "Hunter" Abdulaev (13-2-0, M-1: 4-2-0), Russia
(Kunchenko won M-1 Challenge welterweight title)
Maxim Divnich (12-1-0, M-1: 6-1-0), Russia
WKO/TKO2 (Punches - 4:40)
Robert "Turnquest (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), USA
Artem Frolov (6-0-0, (M-1: 3-0-0), Russia
WSUB1 (Armbar - 4:54
Kristijan Perak (8-3-1, M-1: 0-2-1), Croatia
Sergei Romanov (8-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
WKO/TKO1 (Punches - 3:44)
Sergio de Fatima (12-2-1, M-1), Brazil
Murad Kamilov (6-5-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
WSUB2 (Corner Stoppage - 3:35)
Charles Andrade (28-28-0, M-1: 1-3-0), Brazil
Danila Prikaza (3-0-1, M-1: 2-0-0), Russia
WTKO1 (Punches - 4:33)
Manaf Damirli (1-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Azerbaijan
Alexander Butenko (40-11-0, M-1: 7-1-0), Ukraine
Sascha Sharma (8-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Germany
Damir Ismagulov (5-2-0, M-1: 3-1-0), Russia
WSUB1 (Rear Naked Choke - 2:30)
Vyacheslav Ten (12-8-2, M-1: 0-2-0), Ukraine
Salman Magomedov (3-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
(Arm Triangle Choke - 3:10)
Zurab Jojua (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Georgia
|Kunchenko & Abdulaev
|Divnich kicks Turnquest
|Frolov & Perak
Romanov vs. de Fatima
Butenko & Sharma
Ismagulov & Ten
Magomedov & Jojua
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