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Damir Ismagulov to defend M-1 Challenge lightweight title vs. Artem Damkovsky


SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia – M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Damir Ismagulov will defense his title versus Belarus challenger Artem Damkovsky, this Friday (June 15) in the M-1 Challenge 94: Battle in the Heart of the Continent” main event, in Orenburg, Russia.

M-1 Challenge 94 will be live-streamed from Russia in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. M-1 Challenge 93 will also be available on www.FITE.TV (preliminary card is free, $7.99 for the main card)

Ismagulov (15-2-0, M-1: 9-1-0), fighting out of Russia, captured his M-1 Challenge title belt 13 months ago at M-1 Challenge 78 , when he stopped Maxim Divnich on punches in the fifth round.

Damkovsky (22-10-0, M-1: 13-7-0), who was the original M-1 Challenge lightweight champion, earned his title shot by winning his last three fights, knocking out Divnich in the second round with a lethal kick at M-1 Challenge 70, registered the M-1 Challenge 72 Knockout of the Night against Alexey Makhno, and unanimous decision over Erivan Pereira Silva at M-1 Challenge 74.

Raul Tutarauli takes on undefeated Russian lightweight Roman Bogatov (5-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0) in the co-featured event. Also scheduled to fight on the main card is Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (12-1-1, M-1: 3-1-2) against Mikhail Ragozin (11-3-0, M-1: 3-1-0) in a battle of Russian middleweights to determine the No. 1 M-1 Challenge middleweight contender.

Also, Brazilian lightweight Rubenilton “Rubinho” Pereira (19-5-0, M-1: 3-2-0) faces unbeaten Baktybek Uulu Oktom (4-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), and Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa (15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) meets Maksim Grabovich (7-5-0, M-1: 4-3-0), of Russia.

A rare M-1 female fight will be showcased on the preliminary card as Zejna “Sei” Krantic (0-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), fighting out of Spain, squares off against pro-debuting Asiya Kluytova, of Russia.

Brazilian heavyweight Marcus “Montanha” Vinicius (12-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0) will throw-down with his unbeaten Russian prospect, Maksim Yakobyuk (2-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0).

All fighters and fights are subject to change.

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