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Khadis Ibragimov new M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Champion
M-1 CHALLENGE 96 OFFICIAL RESULTS & PICTURES
New M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Khadis Ibragimov was crowned
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (August 26, 2018) – Undefeated Khadis Ibragimov (7-0-0) defeated Dmitry Mikutsa in last night’s M-1 Challenge 96 main event to capture the vacant M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title, at M-1 Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
MMA fighters represented 10 different countries in this international event: Russia, United States, Ukraine, Brazil, France, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Georgia.
Ibragimov, fighting out of Russia, locked in a rear-naked choke to submit his Ukrainian opponent, Mikutsa (9-4-1), in the second round for the vacant M-1 Challenge light heavyweight crown.
In the co-featured event, Russian featherweight Viktor Kolesnik (15-3-1) finished off his American foe, Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (18-9-1) in the opening round with damaging leg kicks.
Brazilian lightweight Michel “Sassariro” Silva (20-7-1) was too much for previously unbeaten Alexey “Phenomenal” Ilyenko (8-1-1), who succumbed to a vicious ground-and-pound attack.
Ukrainian featherweight Yuri Chobuka (10-1-0) took a unanimous decision from Steve Polifonte (13-6-0), of France.
Georgian flyweight Vazha Tsiptauri (6-1-0) handed Sanzhar Adilov (4-1-0), of Kazakhstan, his first loss as a professional by way of a unanimous decision.
On the undercard, Russian heavyweight Yuri Fedorov (2-0-0) ground-and-pounded his way to a third-round technical knockout of fellow countryman Sergey Goltsov (0-2-), Russian featherweight Akhmadkhan Bokov (4-3-0) edged pro-debuting Adam Borovec (0-1-0) via majority decision, and Russian featherweight Nikita Solonin (5-2-0) registered a unanimous decision victory against Rene Hackl (4-1-0), of Hungary).
Russian pro-debuting Vasily Kozlov (1-0-0), fighting at a 158 ½ catchweight, and Russian welterweight Boris Medvedev (3-0-0) were first-round, one-punch knockout winners, respectively, versus Jurand Lisieski (3-1-1), of Poland, and Ukrainian Dmitriy Tikhonyuk(0-1-0). Russian lightweight Artem Tarasov (3-1-0) used a barrage of punches to stop Filip Kovarik (3-1-0), of Poland, in round one.
 
Complete results and pictures below:
MAIN CARD
MAIN EVENT
VACANT M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Khadis Ibragimov (7-0-0, M-1: 3-0-0), Russia
WSUB2 (4:30 – rear naked choke)
Dmitry Mikutsa (9-4-1, M-1: 2-2-0), Ukraine
(Ibragimov won the M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title)
CO-FEATURE – FEATHERWEIGHTS
Viktor Kolesnik (15-3-1, M-1: 4-1-1), Russia
WTKO1 (4:21 – leg kicks)
Daniel Swain (18-9-1, M-1: 1-1-1), USA
LIGHTWEIGHTS
Michel Silva (20-7-1, M-1: 2-2-0), Brazil
WTKO1 (1:34 – ground-and-pound)
Alexey Ilyenko (8-1-1, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
            FEATHERWEIGHTS
Yuri Chobuka (10-1-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Ukraine
WDEC3
Steve Polifonte (13-6-0, M-1: 0-1-0), France
FLYWEIGHTS
Vazha Tsiptauri (6-1-0, M-1: 4-0-0)
WDEC3
Sanzhar Adilov (4-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Kazakhstan
UNDERCARD
HEAVYWEIGHTS
Yuri Fedorov (2-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0), Russia
WTKO3 (1:11 – ground-and-pound)
Sergey Goltsov (0-2-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Russia
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Rafal Kijanczuk (4-0-0 (M-1: 2-0-0), Poland
WTKO1 (5:00 – injury)
Ibragim Sagov (4-2-0, M-1: 3-2-0), Russia
CATCHWEIGHT (72, kg, 158 ½ lbs.)
Vasily Kozlov (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
WKO1 (0:42 – punch)
Jurand Lisieski (3-1-1, M-1: 0-1-0), Poland
WELTERWEIGHTS
Dmitriy Tikhonyuk (1-0-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Ukraine
WKO1 (1:07 – punch)
Boris Medvedev (2-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Russia
LIGHTWEIGHTS
Artem Tarasov (3-1-0, M-1: 1-0-0), Russia
WKO1 (1:57 – punches)
Filip Kovarik (3-1-0, M-1: 1-1-0), Poland
FEATHERWEIGHTS
Nikita Solonin (5-2-0, M-1: 2-1-0), Russia
WDEC3
Rene Hackl (4-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Hungary
Akhmadkhan Bokov (4-3-0, M-1: 4-1-0), Russia
WDEC3
Adam Borovec (0-1-0, M-1: 0-1-0), Czech Republic
  Khadis Ibragimov (L) wore down Dmitry Mikutsa
  Viktor Kolesnik (L) kicked his way past Daniel Swain
Michel Silva is shown finishing off Alexey Ilyenko
Yuri Chobuka (L) defeated Steve Polifonte
Vazha Tsiptauri (top position) decisioned Sanzhar Adilov

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