Damir Ismagulov will defend his lightweight title against Artem Damkovsky at M-1 Challenge 94 this coming Friday from Orenburg, Russia.

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The event, entitled “Battle in the Heart of the Continent,” will air live on FITE TV, with prelims streaming free and the main card costing $7.99.

Ismagulov (15-2-0, M-1: 9-1-0), fighting out of Russia, captured his M-1 Challenge title belt 13 months ago at M-1 Challenge 78 , when he stopped Maxim Divnich on punches in the fifth round.

Damkovsky (22-10-0, M-1: 13-7-0), who was the original M-1 Challenge lightweight champion, earned his title shot by winning his last three fights, knocking out Divnich in the second round with a lethal kick at M-1 Challenge 70, registered the M-1 Challenge 72 Knockout of the Night against Alexey Makhno, and unanimous decision over Erivan Pereira Silva at M-1 Challenge 74.

Raul Tutarauli takes on undefeated Russian lightweight Roman Bogatov (5-0-0, M-1: 4-0-0) in the co-featured event. Also scheduled to fight on the main card is Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (12-1-1, M-1: 3-1-2) against Mikhail Ragozin (11-3-0, M-1: 3-1-0) in a battle of Russian middleweights to determine the No. 1 M-1 Challenge middleweight contender.

Also, Brazilian lightweight Rubenilton “Rubinho” Pereira (19-5-0, M-1: 3-2-0) faces unbeaten Baktybek Uulu Oktom (4-0-0, M-1: 0-0-0), and Finnish welterweight Juho Valamaa (15-4-0, M-1: 1-0-0) meets Maksim Grabovich (7-5-0, M-1: 4-3-0), of Russia.

A rare M-1 female fight will be showcased on the preliminary card as Zejna “Sei” Krantic (0-1-0, M-1: 0-0-0), fighting out of Spain, squares off against pro-debuting Asiya Kluytova, of Russia.

Brazilian heavyweight Marcus “Montanha” Vinicius (12-6-0, M-1: 2-1-0) will throw-down with his unbeaten Russian prospect, Maksim Yakobyuk (2-0-0, M-1: 2-0-0).