M-1 Challenge XXIII: Guram vs. Grishin Airs Live/Free on MMA-Paradise.com

Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, M-1 Global, has set an incredibly high bar for what’s to come for the remainder of 2011 from overseas and in the USA as all bouts are now set for M-1 Challenge XXIII; engaging fans with two title tilts, giving clarity to the light heavyweight contention picture and multiple striker’s duels, Saturday’s event is set to deliver on its high expectations. Fans worldwide can catch the entire event from the Crocus City Arena in Moscow, Russia LIVE and for free on MMA-Paradise.com starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am on Saturday March 5th.

“All the fighters showed up prepared and ready to step on the scale today; as professional athletes, fighters need to prepare themselves professionally – respecting their opponents, the fans and the promotion” says Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s Director of Operations. “M-1 has done everything possible to make this event our best to date which includes two title fights, a stacked undercard full of top contenders and another live, free stream to capture our worldwide fan base. M-1 Challenge XXIII has set a new standard in quality competition that we’ll be building on throughout 2011.”

M-1 Challenge XXIII Under Card:
Vusal Bayramov (155.0 Lbs) vs. Nikolai Kaushansky (152.75 Lbs) Lightweight
Maxim Bulakhtin (195.75 Lbs) vs. Magomed Ismailov (195.0 Lbs) Light Heavyweight

M-1 Challenge XXIII Main Card (Streaming Live):
Shamil Tinagadjiev (203.5 Lbs) vs. Tomasz Narkun (202.5 Lbs) Light Heavyweight
Igor Savelyev (201.0 Lbs) vs. Byron Byrd (205.5 Lbs) Light Heavyweight
Arsen Abdulkerimov (234.5 Lbs) vs. Goncalo Salgado (308.0 Lbs) Heavyweight (*no upper weight limit)
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (155.5 Lbs) vs. Daniel Weichel (155.0 Lbs) Lightweight
Magomed Sultanakhmedov (185.0 Lbs) vs. Plinio Cruz (187.25 Lbs) Middleweight
Yuri Ivlev (153.25 Lbs) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155.0 Lbs) Lightweight
Rashid Magomedov (170.0 Lbs) vs. Rafal Moks (168.75 Lbs) Welterweight
· Cruz was given an additional 2 hours to make weight

Championship Bouts:

Heavyweight Division:
Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (244.25 Lbs) vs. Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (227.5 Lbs)

Welterweight Division:
Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Challenge Champion (168.25 Lbs) vs. Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, M-1 Selection Americas 2010 champion (169.25 Lbs)

Free LIVE broadcast coverage of the entire M-1 Challenge XXIII event from Moscow, Russia will be available to viewers worldwide on MMA-Paradise.com starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST on Saturday March 5th.

Once the event is in the books, M-1 Global makes its return to US soil on Friday, March 25th for M-1 Challenge XXIV: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa from the Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Current lightweight champ, Artiom Damkovsky is gearing for his first title defense against 2010 M-1 Selection Americas winner, Jose Figueroa.

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