Russian knight fighters Dmitry Kovrizhin (4-0-0) and Evgeniy Bedenko (7-1-0) battle on the preliminary card for the first M-1 Challenge Medieval title, December 4 at the Sports and Concert Complex in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Rising MMA star Stephan "T-800" Puetz (13-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) defends his M-1 Challenge light heavyweight crown against former champion Viktor Nemkov (22-5-0, 4 KO/TKO, 9 SUB)., Also featured on the main card is another title fight as M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (12-3-0, 2 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) faces American challenger Luigi "The Italian Tank" Fioravanti (26-13-0, 10 KO/TKO, 2 SUB).
Kovrizhin, representing the Bern Fight Club in Moscow, was a member of the 2014 and 2015 World Champion Team. He stopped Roman Zuev early in his M-1 Challenge 60 fight.
Bedenko (pictured to left) was a winner at the White Castle and Battle of Nations. He won impressively at M-1 Challenge 56, where he defeated Ivan Vasilev.
Three other fights on the main card pits German light heavyweight Martin "King Kong" Zawada (26-12-0, 16 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) vs. Russian Rashid Yusupov (6-0-0, 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), Russian lightweight Alexey "Ataman" Makhho (10-3-0, 4 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) vs. Georgian RaulTutarauli (5-2-0, 4 KO/TKO, 1 SUB), and Russian featherweight Mikhail Korobkov (9-0-0, 1 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) vs. Brazilian foe Rodrigo "Delegado" Magalhaes (7-0-0, 6 SUB).
Two other fights have been announced for the preliminary card: Ukraine veteran lightweight Alexander Butenko (38-11-0, 4 KO/TKO, 24 SUB) meets Heydar Mamadaliev (8-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 2 SUB), of Azerbaijan, while Russian middleweightsRuslan Shamilov and Butat Zhumabatov make their professional debuts against each other.
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