M-1 Global has announced asensational heavyweight shodeown between two International stars, Sergei"The Paratrooper" Kharitonov and Geronimo"Mondragon" Dos Santos, at the July 22nd M-1Challenge 81: Battle in the Mountains 6, to be held in the Republic ofIngushetia.
The international MMAevent will coincide with the 25th anniversary celebration of theRepublic of Ingushetia.
The M-1 Challenge bantamweight championship fight betweendefending champion Pavel Vitruk (14-2-0), and interim titlist Movsar Evloev (7-0, M-1: 7-0) had beenpreviously announced for M-1 Challenge 81.
The two giant heavyweightsfighting on the card are each world ranked by Fightmatrix, both preferringearly endings as they have 40 combined knockouts. This exciting duel is afitting addition for such a grand tournament like M-1 Challenge 81: TheBattle of the Mountains 6.
Russian strongman Kharitonov(24-6-0, M-1: 4-0-0) is coming off a devastating, one-punch knockout ofAmerican Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the opening round of their mainevent fight, June 15 in China, at M-1 Challenge 80. Kharitonov (picturedbelow on right vs. Kenny Garner) has stopped 15 of his 24 victims to date.
The fifth-highest ratedBrazilian heavyweight in world ranking, Santos (39-18-0, M-1: 0-0-0) looks likea frightening bodybuilder, displaying 290-pounds of cut muscle on his 6'3" frame. In his 57 pro MMA fights around the world, he has 39 victories,25 coming by knockout. Although this will be his M-1 debut, Santos has foughtseveral times in Russia, reaching the final of the Ahmat Grand Prix,where he lost to Zelimkhan Umievu. Last December, he dropped a unanimousdecision to Evgeny Erokhin at MFP: Cup of the Eastern Borders 2.Santos is returning once again to Russia on July 22 to take on an MMA monsterin Kharitonov, hoping to defy the legendary Russian mixed martialartist.