ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (March 28, 2016) - The main card is set for the April 9thM-1 Challenge 65 event, streaming for FREE on www.M-1Global.tv, live from CSC Sibur Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia
Ramazan Emeev (13-3-0, M-1: 7-1-0), reigning M-1 Challenge middleweight champion, takes on Brazilian challenger Maiquel "Big Rig" Falcao (35-8-0, M-1: 0-0-0) in the M-1 Challenge 65 main event. Emeev vs. Falcao is an M-1 Grand Prix middleweight semifinals match with the winner advancing to the final later this year against the other M-1 Grand Prix middleweight semifinals winner, former three-time Bellator championAlexander "Storm" Shlemenko (52-9-0, M-1: 3-0-0).
M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Murad "Hunter" Abdulaev (13-1-0, M-1: 4-1-0) will make his first title defenseagainst undefeated challenger Alexey Kunchenko
(12-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0).
Former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Maxim Divnich (11-1-0, M-1: 5-1-0) and M-1 Global debuting Robert Turnquest (5-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), who is fighting out of Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Rounding out a strong main card is a middleweight match between Kristijan "Klitschko" Perak (13-8-0, M-1: 0-1-1), of Croatia, and undefeated Russian prospectArtem Frolov (5-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0); American heavyweight Jeremy "The BAMF" May(13-8-0, M-1: 1-0-0), fighting out of Vero Beach, Florida, USA, squares off againstEvgeni Myakinkin (13-7-0, M-1: 1-1-0), of Russia
The preliminary card has four fights scheduled this far with Brazilian welterweight Sergio "Serginho" de Fatima (12-2-1 (M-1: 0-0-0) vs. Sergei Romanov (7-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), of Russia; Ukrainian lightweight Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko (39-11-0, M-1: 6-1-0) vs. Sascha Sharma (8-2-0, M-1: 0-0-0), of Germany; Ukrainian lightweight Yyacheslav Ten (12-7-2, M-1: 0-1-0) vs. Damir Ismagulov (4-2-0, M-1: 2-1-0); Russian lightweightSalman Magomedov (2-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0) vs. pro-debuting Zurab Jojua, of Georgia.
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