PRESS RELEASEFor Immediate Release
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (February 22, 2019) – M-1 Global announced today that M-1 Challenge 101, featuring a pair of M-1 Challenge title fights, will be held March 30 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Khadis Ibragimov (7-0, M-1: 3-0-0) makes his first title defense against unbeaten challenger Rafal “Kijana” Kijanczuk (7-0, M-1: 3-0-) in the co-featured event.
M-1 Challenge 101 will be live-streamed from Kazakhstan 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. WKG & M-1 Challenge 101 will also be is available onwww.FITE.TV(preliminary card is free, $7.99 for the main card).
Ibragimov (see below) captured his coveted M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title last August at M-1 Challenge 96, using a rear-naked choke to submit Dimitriy Mikutsa in the second round.
Polish invader Kijanczuk is a powerful puncher who has stopped all seven of his opponents to date. He is coming off an impressive opening-round demolition of Giga Kukhalashvili last December at M-1 Challenge: Battle in Atyrau.
This gifted quartet of fighters guarantees a memorable night of tremendous entertainment and rugged competition on March 30th for Kazakh fans in attendance, as well as MMA fans around the world watching all the action on M-1Global.com.
ABOUT M-1 GLOBAL: Founded in 1997, M-1 Global has established itself in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as the premier entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With its office in St Petersburg, Russia, the M-1 brand has staged more than 200 events worldwide, including M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge, M-1 Global and M-1 Global HWGP events, in addition to co-promoting Strikeforce events and M-1 Global on the U.S. network, Showtime. Captivating live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 Global events have featured some of the sport’s top names, including legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Keith Jardine, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Sergei Kharitonov, Aleksander Emelianenko, Roman Zentsov, Yushin Okami, Mike Pyle, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, Chalid Arrab and Stephan Struve. 2018 was another sensational year of world-class competition, featuring a full calendar of Challenge events, fueled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global Champions among the greatest fighters in the sport.