On April 9, Saint Petersburg’s Sibur Arena Sports Complex hosted a major international mixed martial arts tournament M-1 Challenge 65 featuring the best Russian and foreign athletes. The tournament partners were the Antipinsky Oil Refinery JSC and Novy Potok (New Stream) Regional Non-profit Organization involved in the development of children’s, youth and amateur sports, as well as professional sports in Russia.
The athletes were supported during the competition by Dmitry Mazurov, Chairman of the Antipinsky Oil Refinery’s Board of Directors, Yury Navrazhny, President of Novy Potok (New Stream) Regional Non-profit Organization and famous Russian boxers Evgeny Makarenko and Kamil Dzhamalutdinov.
10 exciting fights were held as part of the event. The highlights of the evening were the second M-1 Grand Prix 2016 semifinal and the fight for M-1 Challenge champion title in welterweight class.
The New Stream fighters who have been successfully performing in M-1 tournaments for almost a year now, showed excellent results this time as well. The invincible Alexei Kunchenko of Orenburg Wrestling Club won the title of M-1 Challenge Champion in welterweight class in a most difficult fight against Murad Abdulaev: Alexei’s opponent refused to continue the fight in the 4th round. Another promising athlete for the Orenburg Region Damir Ismagulov who fought against Ukrainian Byacheslav Ten, as early as on the third minute into the first round showed his superiority over his opponent by using a chokehold.
Grand Prix M-1 Challenge 65 welterweight semifinal fight between Russian Ramazan Emeev and Brazilian Maiquel Falcao ended just after it hardly started: only three minutes and 50 seconds into the fight, Falcao surrendered.
The finals will also be held in Saint Petersburg on June 17. The final fight will feature two Russian MMA fighters – the second winner Ramazan Emeev and Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko who defeated Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in the first semifinals.