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Friday is time to shine for M-1 Global light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (March 11, 2014) – It’s time for rising MMA star M-1 Global light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov (19-4-0, 3 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) to shine as he headlines M-1 Challenge 46 this Friday, making his first title defense against German challenger Stephan Puetz (9-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

M-1 Challenge 46 will air live on Russia 2, the terrestrial channel, throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Individual States (CIS), as well as across the Middle East on Abu Dhabi Sports Channels, and FREE at (Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT in U.S.A.).

Nemkov is a ‘Master of Sport’ in Sambo, as well as a brown belt in Judo. The gifted Russian lives in Stary Oskol, where he trains with Fedor Emeliandenko’s legenday coaches, Mikhail Voronov and Alexander Mitchkov. Nemkov was the 2011 World Combat Sambo Championship gold-medal winner.

Viktor Nemkov

Nemkov is on an eight-fight win streak; his last loss coming nearly three years ago to
Vinny Magalhaes for the vacant M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Championship. Nemkov fought his way back to the top of M-1 Global rankings in the 205-pound division and last November, he captured the M-1 Global title at M-1 Challenge 43, forcing Vasily Babich to submit by way of a deadly arm-lock.

MMA’s version of a heavyweight war will break out when a pair of knockout specialists, dangerous Latvian striker Konstsantin “Lacplesis” Gluhov (26-14-0, 20 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) and American power-puncher Kenny “Deuce” Garner (12-5-0, 8 KO/TKO/2 SUB), square-off in a much anticipated confrontation few figure will go the distance.

Russian middleweights Anatoly Tokov (11-0-0, 7 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) and Albert Duraev (4-2-0, 1 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) battle for the right to be the coveted M-1 Global No. 1 contender, while unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight prospect Pavel Vitruk (10-0-0, 2 KO/TKO/1 SUB) attempts to keep his perfect record intact against 20-year-old Brazilian Yuri “Killa” Maia (12-2, 8 KO/TKO).

Spanish welterweight Daniel “The Gladiator” Tabera (17-5-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) meets Russian grappler Magomed Mustafaev (8-1-0, 5 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), Spanish featherweight Agoney Romero (3-1-1, 1 KO/TKO) takes on Russian foe Nikita Chistayakov (0-1-0), French featherweight Jerome Bouisson (12-4-0, 2 KO/TKO/7 SUB) faces Azerbaijani Tural Ragimov (7-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB), and Russian lightweight Zulfikar Usmanov (5-2-0, 4 SUBS) versus Russian veteran Artiom Damkovsky (15-9-0, 6 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) completes a solid overall card.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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