Idrisov withdraws with illness Korobkov takes on Buchinger in non-title fight M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight, Butenko vs. Damkovsky new main event


Idrisov withdraws with illness Korobkov takes on Buchinger in non-title fight M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight, Butenko vs. Damkovsky new main event


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Idrisov withdraws with illness Korobkov
Takes on Buchinger in non-title fight
M-1 Challenge lightweight title fight
Butenko vs. Damkovsky new main event
M-1 Challenge 67 this Saturday in Baku, Azerbaijan
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (June 1, 2016) - A sudden illness has forced Magomed Idrisov to withdraw from his scheduled M-1 Challenge featherweight title fight this Saturday (June 4) against defending champion Ivan "Buki" Buchinger at M-1 Challenge 67: Battle in the Land of Fire at Baku, Azerbaijan.
(L-R) - Mikhail Korobkov and Ivan Buchinger
Mikhail Korobkov (9-1-1, M-1: 0-1-1), of Russia, is the late replacement for Idrisov but, due to Korobkov coming off of a loss in his last fight (decision to Timur Nagibin last Friday at M-1 Challenge 66), his fight versus Buchinger (30-4-0, M-1: 5-0-0) is a not for the title and it has been downgraded from main event to co-feature. Buchinger, fighting out of Slovakia, has won his last nine fights dating back four years.
The new main event matches Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko (40-11-2, M-1: 7-1-0), of Ukraine, and Belarussian Artiom Damkovsky (20-9-0. M-1: 10-6-0) for the vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight championship.
M-1 Challenge 67 will be streamed live from Azerbaijan in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.

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