SOCHI, Russia (May 21, 2017) - Two-time M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Champion Viktor Nemkov has positioned himself for another title shot, defeating Brazilian challenger Ronny Markes, last Friday night in the M-1 Challenger 77 main event at Sochi, Russia.
Eleven exciting fights were held with athletes representing 10 different countries in true International competition: Russia, Brazil, USA, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbajjan.
Nemkov (25-6-0, M-1: 18-5-0), fighting out of Russia, took care of Markes (16-4-0, M-1: 0-1-0) early, by submission in the opening round by way of a guillotine choke. "I waited for the right moment," Nemkov said after the fight, "concentrating on the guillotine-choke to finish the fight."
Rising Russian middleweight prospect Artem Frolov (9-0-0, M-1: 6-0-0) needed only 1:14 to knockout Talekh "The Azerbaijan Terminator" Taleh. "It's hard to tell if the fight could have gone a little longer," Frolov commented, "but I think it's a big deal to hurt your opponent like I did. I hope to get a title fight soon."
In a fascinating battle between unbeaten American lightweight "Motown" Moses Murrieta and Russian Andrey Seledtsov (6-4-0, M-1: 0-3-0), Murietta (5-0-0, M-1: 1-0-) won a hard-fought three-round unanimous decision in his M-1 Global debut. "My opponent never gave up, he's a strong opponent, Murietta remarked. "I always work on physical training. I wanted to finish the fight early, but maybe next time. I signed a six-fight contract with M-1 Global. The atmosphere here in Sochi and the fans are excellent."
Georgian lightweight Raul Tutarauli (10-3-0, M-1: 5-1-0) won a three-round unanimous decision against Artur Lemos (8-3-0, M-1: 0-1-0), of Portugal, while Russian Viktor Kolesnik (10-2-1, M-1: 1-0-1) did the same versus Philip Rego (10-4-0, M-1: 0-2-0), of Brazil.
On the preliminary card, Russian lightweight Alexey Bruss (2-1-0) submitted Spaniard Daniel Palomo Diaz (3-2-0) by second-round submission (choke), Russian middleweight Sergey Klyuev (1-0-0) punched out Ukrainian Sergey Voloshin (3-1-1) a mere 22 seconds into round one, Russian light heavyweightNikolay Savilov (5-2-0) stopped German Frank Kortz (4-3-0), Russian lightweightLom-Ali Nalgiev (13-5-0) won a three-round unanimous decision from BelarusianSergey Faley (20-10-0), Ukrainian featherweight Andrey "Iron" Lezhnev (16-7-0) knocked out Russian Kurbanali Abdusalmov (6-4-0) in round one, and Russian lightweight prospect Paul Gordeeva (7-1-0) won a three-round unanimous decision against Tinn Kinne (4-2-0), of Germany.
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M-1 CHALLENGE EVENT CALENDAR:
M-1 Challenge 78: Divnich vs. Ismagulov - May 26, 2017 in Orenburg, Russia
M-1 Challenge 79: Shlemenko vs. Halsey - June 1, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia
M-1 Challenge 80: Kharitonov vs. Lopes - June 15, 2017 in Harbin, China