Injured Shavkat Rakhmonov pulls out of Welterweight title fight vs. Alexey Kunchenko
M-1 Challenge 75, March 3 in Moscow, Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (January 9, 2017) - A serious knee injury requiring surgery has forced undefeated Kazakhstan challenger Shavkat Rakhmonov (7-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0) to withdraw from his first title fight, March 3 against unbeaten M-1 Challenge welterweight champion Alexey Kunchenko (15-0-0, M-1: 7-0-0), of Russia, at M-1 Challenge 75 in Moscow.
"I wanted this fight badly and put a lot of effort into preparation for it," a dejected Rakhmonov explained. "Unfortunately, I tore ligaments in my knee and, based on my medical exam, I will need surgery soon. I apologize to all the MMA fans who were anticipating this fight. I'll do my best to return stronger than ever."
Welterweight prospect Sergey "Streetfighter" Romanov (10-1-0, M-1: 3-0-0) takes on Russian veteran Magomed "The White Wolf" Sultanakhmedov (18-5-0, M-1: 10-1-0) on the M-1 Challenge 75 card.
M-1 Challenge 75 will be streamed live from Moscow 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.
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M-1 CHALLENGE EVENT CALENDAR:
M-1 Challenge 74 - Feb. 18, 2017 - St. Petersburg, Russia
M-1 Challenge 75 - March 3, 2017 - Moscow, Russia
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