M-1 CHALLENGE 50: Battle on Neva




M-1 CHALLENGE 50: Battle on Neva


M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Championship


M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship

August 15, 2014 * Mitninskaya emb 6 * St. Petersburg, Russia


For Immediate Release
Stephan Puetz hopes to duplicate Germany's World Cup Soccer success in 1st M-1 Challenge Light heavyweight
Title defense vs. Brazil's Luis Fernando Miranda

 Live this Friday on M1Global.TV from St. Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Challenge 50. Official promo
M-1 Challenge 50. Official promo
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August XX, 2014) - German mixed-martial arts rising star, Stephan Puetz (10-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), hopes to duplicate his country's success against Brazil in the recent FIFA World Cup on August 15, when he defends his M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title for the first time against Brazilian challengerLuis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda (12-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 7 SUB) in M-1 Challenge 50's co-feature event.
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz

M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on Neva will be streamed live in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV, outdoors from the St. Petersburg city center open area. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights for free and the main card for a limited offer of only $1.00 USD by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets. (see more details below)

Stephan Puetz (R) and Viktor Nemkov

Puetz was originally scheduled to make his first title defense in a rematch against the previous champion he defeated last March in their M-1 Challenge 46 championship fight, Viktor Nemkov, who suffered torn ligaments in his hand during training camp that, unfortunately, forced him to pull out of celebrated M-1 Challenge 50 anniversary show and be sidelined for several months.


Nemkov's replacement is equally worthy challenger Miranda, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in addition to being the Monster Black Combat and King of Combat champion back home in Brazil.

Germany shocked Brazil, 7-1, in the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, en route to becoming the world soccer/football champion with a 1-0 triumph over Argentina in the championship final match.

Stephan Puetz

"Football and martial arts are totally different sports," Puetz noted, "but I would love to score some goals against Miranda, too. I will try to beat Miranda with all of my skills and power in order to stay M-1 champion. This has nothing to do with nationalities, though. The World Cup semifinals was a bad crushing and something unheard of before. Let's put it like this: I will try to be as dominant as the German National Team has been."

M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski (19-1-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) takes on fellow Pole, undefeated No. 1 contender Marcin "Tybur" Tybura (10-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), in the newly elevated main event.


Also scheduled to fight on main card are Slovenian featherweight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger (26-4-0, 6 KO/TKO, 16 SUB) vs. Russian veteran Mikhail Malyutin (26-12-0, 5 KO/TKO, 8 SUB), Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera(17-5-3, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) vs. unbeaten Russian prospect Ilya Doderkin (5-0-0, 5 SUB), Germany's Saba Bolaghi (1-0-0, 1 SUB) vs. Russian lightweight Zulfikar Usmanov 6-3-0, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), Polish featherweight Kamil Maron (5-1-0, 0 KO/SUB, 2 SUB) vs. Russia's Nikita Chistyakov (1-1-0, 1 SUB), and pro-debuting middleweights Khabib Isaev, of Russia, and Dauren Ermekov, of Kazakhstan.

On the preliminary card in the RosStroilnvest Cup lightweight semifinal matches are Russian prospects Radzhi Aliev (2-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB) vs. Anton Telepnev (6-4-0, 1 KO/TKO), and Artem Glybchak vs. Marat Balaev making their respective professional debuts.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.












(by Finnish company, Axel)




Main card starting time around the world:  
Moscow 20:30, Rome 18:30, London 17:30, New York 12:30 and Tokyo 1:30


The M-1 Challenge series has traditionally introduced a new wave of potential MMA stars, showcasing elite athletes from Russia and across Europe. M-1 Global is the No. 1 European MMA organization, as well as one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1998. Superstar Fedor Emelianenko, considered by many to be the greatest fighter in MMA history, has been the face of M-1 Global around the combat sports world for the past decade.


ABOUT M-1 GLOBAL: Founded in 1997, M-1 Global has established itself in the realm of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world's next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Los Angeles and affiliates in Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged more than 150 events worldwide, including the M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge and M-1 Global and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the Showtime network in the United States. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport's top names, including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2014 promises to be another sensational year of world-class competition with a full calendar of Challenge events fueled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global's Champions amongst the greatest in the sport. M-1 Global's greatest asset is renowned heavyweight fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.


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Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.664.4482bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @FightPublicist

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