Streaming live from Russia on M1Global.TV
American fighters Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-5-0, 1 KO/TKO, 13 SUB) and Daniel “Agent Orange” Swain (12-4-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) have been added in separate fights on M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12, December 17 at Palais des Sports Ice in St. Petersburg, Russia.
M-1 Global and ACB are co-promoting M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12. M-1 Global, which grew out of the League MMA M-1, traces its history back to 1997. It has promoted 180 events including nearly 10,000 fights. Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) burst on the Russian MMA scene earlier this year, highlighted by its Grand Prix that featured more than 100 fighters.
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800” Puetz (11-1-0, 4 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) headlines M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 in his second title defense, against unbeaten challenger Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (8-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB).
McKenzie takes on Russian welterweight Breslan Isaev (30-7-0, 15 KO/TKO, 12 SUB), while Swain faces three-time Wushu-Sanda World Champion Aliyar Sarkerov (10-4-0).
McKenzie started his professional MMA career with 12 wins in a row with 10 of his opponents defeated in the opening round by a slightly modified version of the guillotine, which McKenzie calls, “The McKenzietine.” In 2010, McKenzie fought in The Ultimate Fighter 12 for Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck. He advanced to the quarterfinals where he lost to Nam Phan. McKenzie earned a spot in the UFC, posting a 3-4 record, and his last UFC fight was a loss by decision to Sam Stout.
Ten-year MMA veteran Isaev has an entertaining, aggressive fighting styles attributed to the top Russians. He has 15 stoppages and 12 submissions, testimony to his ability of winning on his feet or on the mat.
The 23-year-old Swain, who will be making his M-1 Challenge debut Dec. 17, was a standout college wrestler at Canadian University and Douglas College. As a professional fighter, he is a King of the Cage and Pancrase veteran.
McKenzie and Swain both live in Spokane, Washington.
Also on the M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB 12 card are Ukrainian Maxim Divnich (9-0-0, 5 KO/TKO, 1 SUB) and Russian Djambulat Kurbanov (6-0-1, 0 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) battling for the vacant M-1 Challenge lightweight title.
In the 2014 M-1 Global finale, Russian middleweight Anatoly Tokov (18-1-0) meets Enoc Solves Torres (15-7-0), fighting out of Spain, to determine the No. 1 challenger for reigning M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Vyachevlav Vasilevsky.
Another match added is between Russian welterweights Ilya Doderkin (4-1-0 (4 SUB) and Alexey Kunchenko (7-0-0).
St. Petersburg hometown favorite Doderkin is gifted wrestler whose choke-holds have resulted in his four M-1 Challenge victories to date. In his last fight, however, his more experienced opponent, Spaniard Daniel Tabera, emerged with a hard fought win by split decision. Doderkin plans to bounce back strong against another more experienced foe, Kunchenko.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
M-1 Challenge 54 & ACB will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from Russia. 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 of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.