M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70

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M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70

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M-1 Challenge welterweight champion
 Alexey Kunchenko to make first title defense vs. Maxim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 70
September 10 in Syktyvkar, Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August 19, 2016) - M-1 Challenge welterweightAlexey Kunchenko will put his title belt and undefeated record on the lineSeptember 10 versus upset-minded challenger Maxim Grabovich, headliningM-1 Challenge 70 in Syktyvkar, Russia, M-1 Global has announced.
M-1 Challenge 70 will be streamed live from Russia 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.
The 32-year-old Kunchenko (13-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0), fighting out of Tyumen, Russia, captured the title in his last fight, when defending M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Murad Abdulaev retired during the fourth round this past April at M-1 Challenge 65.  Kunchenko (pictured below) is a Muay Thai specialist originally slated to defend his title in a rematch with Abdulaev, who was unable to accept the challenge at this point do to an injury.
Kunchenko is a feared, powerful striker
Grabovich (4-2-0, M-1: 3-0-0), a fellow Russian, earned his title shot by going undefeated in thre M-1 Challenge fights to date. Known for his Greco-Roman wrestling skills, Grabovich's last action was in June at M-1 Challenge 68, in which he took a decision against Danill Prikaza in the Fight of the Night.
Talented wrestler Grabovich hopes to pull off a major upset
Other fighters expected to be in action Sept. 10 on the M-1 Challenge 70 card include former M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Maxim Divnich (12-1-0, M-1: 6-0-0) and former M-1 Challenge lightweight title challenger Artem Damkovsky (20-10-0, M-1: 10-7-0), along with Russian fighters such as  light heavyweight Andrey Seledtsov (5-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0),  featherweight Timur Nagibin (7-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) and middleweight Artem Frolov (6-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0).
 
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