M-1 Challenge XXIII kicks off the promotion’s year and sets an incredibly high bar for what’s to come for the remainder of 2011 from overseas and in the USA. Two title tilts, clarity in the light heavyweight (205 Lbs.) contention picture and multiple striker’s duels will make this event extremely difficult for the M-1 brass to award the event’s Fight, Submission and Knock-out of the night awards. 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.
“The term ‘stacked’ is thrown around all the time in an effort to hype shows; the quality of this event speaks for itself,” says M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “Any fan of worldwide MMA recognizes the depth and stylistic matchups throughout the entire M-1 Challenge XXIII card. We couldn’t be any happier with how this card came together and how it sets up the year’s subsequent events.”
Once the event is in the books, Europe’s most-recognized mixed martial arts promotion makes its return to US soil on Friday, March 25th for M-1 Challenge XXIV: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa from the Constant Center in Norfolk, Virgina.
M-1 Challenge XXIII Under Card:
Vusal Bayramov (5-2) vs. Nikolai Kaushansky (pro debut) Lightweight (155 Lbs.)
Maxim Bulakhtin (8-1) vs. Magomed Ismailov (3-1) Light Heavyweight
M-1 Challenge XXIII Main Card (Streaming Live):
Shamil Tinagadjiev (7-3) vs. Tomasz Narkun (4-1) Light Heavyweight
Igor Savelyev (6-3-1) vs. Byron Byrd (3-0) Light Heavyweight
Arsen Abdulkerimov (6-2) vs. Goncalo Salgado (7-1) Heavyweight (205+ Lbs.)
Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (16-4) vs. Daniel Weichel (25-7) Lightweight
Magomed Sultanakhmedov (28-5) vs. Plinio Cruz (5-3) Middleweight (185 Lbs.)
Yuri Ivlev (14-6) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (13-3) Lightweight
Rashid Magomedov (7-1) vs. Rafal Moks (6-2) Welterweight (170 Lbs.)
Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (10-0) clashes with Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (7-4)
Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Challenge Champion (18-1) clashes with Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, M-1 Selection Americas 2010 champion (15-5)
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.