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
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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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