Solid supporting fights added to M-1 Challenge 61 Sept. 20 in Russia

Solid supporting fights added to M-1 Challenge 61 Sept. 20 in Russia

Solid supporting fights added to M-1 Challenge 61

Grecicho vs. Idrisov, Esenbaev vs. Ismagulov

Tybura vs. Delija heavyweight title fight to headline Sept. 20 show in Ingushetia, Russia



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August 27, 2015) – Two potentially explosive fights have been added to the M-1 Challenge 61:Battle of Narts event, headlined by M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura ((12-1, 3 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) defending his title against Ante “The Walking Trouble” Delija (14-2-0, 5 KO/TKO, 7 SUB), September 19 in Ingushetia, Russia.

In another previously announced M-1 Challenge 61 match-up, former M-1 Global middleweight champion Magomed “The White Wolf” Sultanakhmedov (18-5-0, 12 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), of Russia, will return to action after a 4 1/2-year hiatus to fight Brazilian veteran Marcelo Brito 13-7-0, 2 KO/TKO. 5 SUB).

M-1 Challenge 61: Battle of Narts will be streamed live 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 of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.

3Fighting on the main card is a match featuring featherweight fighters with contrasting styles as Luthuanian star Sergej Grecicho (pictured to left) takes on undefeated Russian prospect Magomed Idrisov (5-0-0, 2 KO, TKO, 0 SUB).

The 29-year-old Grecicho (21-6-0, 2 KO/TKO, 16 SUB) is a submission specialist whose victims have primarily fallen to his choke holds.  He has won 11 of his last 13 fights during the past three years and he’s never been knocked out during his entire MMA professional career.  Grechico will be making his M-1 Global debut.

2A student from the famed Gorets Club, Idrisov (pictured to the left) is coming off of a sensational win at M-1 Challenge 57 in May, in which he won a decision over German challenger Max Coga (4-0-0).  Idrisov is unbeaten in M-1 Global fights having also defeated Brazilian opponent Yuri Maia (3-0-0) via a first-round knockout at M-1 Challenge 49 in June of 2014.

The other most recently announced fight is between a pair of talented lightweight prospects, Ramazan Esenbaev (8-1-0, 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) and Damir Ismagulov (4-1-0, 3 KO/.TKO, 0 SUB), who will meet on the preliminary card.

1Esenbaev is a Russian freestyle wrestler who is 4-1-0 in M-1 Global competition. He has been fighting in Japan for the past year.  Ismagulov (pictured to left) was born in Kazakhstan and lives in Orenburg, Russia.  He registered a tremendous opening-round knockout of Pedro Eugenio Granjo in his last fight this past July on M-1 Challenge 49.

Fights and fighters are subject to change.  Additional bouts will soon be announced.

Fight Network will air M-1 Challenge 61:Battle of Narts live on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable, Suddenlink Communications and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., as well as nationwide in Canada, Roku devices across North America, and globally in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.





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