Undisputed M-1 Challenge Flyweight Championship Aleksander Doskalchuk vs. Arman Ashimov
Fri, 20 Apr 2018
M-1 Challenge 91, May 12, in Shenzhen, China
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (April 19, 2018)) - M-1 Global, in association with WKG, has announced an "undisputed" title bout May 12 for the M-1 Challenge 91 main event, pitting M-1 Challenge flyweight champion Aleksander Doskalchuk and Interim titlist Arman Ashimov, in Shenzhen, China.
M-1 Challenge 91 will be live-streamed from China 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 91 will also be available onwww.FITE.TV(preliminary card is free, $7.99 for the main card)
The originally scheduled M-1 Challenge 91, April 21 in Saint Petersburg, featured M-1 Challenge featherweight champion Khamzat Dalgiev against American challenger Nate "The Train" Landwehr, has been cancelled. Dalgiev vs. Landwehr will be rescheduled during 2018.
Doskalchuk (8-1-0, M-1: 2-0-0), fighting out of Ukraine, won his title belt last September at M-1 Challenge 83, when he used a Guillotine Choke to submit Vadim Malygin in the second round.
Undefeated in M-1 competition, Doskalchuk won a majority decision in his M-1 debut last May, over Binh Son Le at M-1 Challenge 78.
"I don't care if my opponent has a belt or not," Doskalchuk said. "The main thing is to properly prepare for the fight to determine the real flyweight champion. I am not expecting this fight to be easy. It's going to be a tough battle and I will be looking for an opportunity to finish off my opponent. Fans will see a great fight. How will it end? We'll see at The Rage!"
Ashimov (8-2-1, M-1: 3-0-0) earned his Interim title shot this past February by stopping Gadzhimurad Aliev and Ervani Melonio with punches, respectively, in the second and first rounds. At M-1 Challenge 87, the powerfully striking Kazakh punched out Mikael Silander in two rounds to capture the M-1 Challenge Interim Flyweight Championship.
"All of Kazakhstan is waiting for this fight," Ashimov noted. "I can't wait because I brought the Interim belt to Kazakhstan and, if God wills, soon I will bring back the undisputed title. I'm fighting a strong and experienced opponent, who I respect a lot, but I will be ready and that will show fight night. "
The co-feature is a middleweight showdown between veteran Russian fighter Mikhail Zayats (23-8-0, M-1: 13-5-0) and past M-1 Challenge middleweight title challenger Caio "Hellboy" Magalhaes (10-4-0, M-1: 1-1-0), of Brazil. Zayats has fought in Bellator, Magalhaes in the UFC. Last October, Magalhaes lost his M-1 Challenge middleweight title challenge to champion Artem Frolov by way of a five-round unanimous decision, headlining M-1 Challenge 84.
One other main card fight was announced featuring one of China's top MMA fighters,Musu "Iron King" Nuertiebieke (12-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0) versus American featherweight Daniel Swain (17-8-1, M-1: 0-0-1).
All fighters and fights are subject to change. Additional main and full preliminary card bouts will soon be announced.
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