On Friday, March 30, M-1 Challenge returned to the M-1 Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, for M-1 Challenge 90.
The welterweight title was on the line in the main event when the undefeated champion, Alexey Kunchenko, met experienced Russian challenger Alexander Butenko. Kunchenko had won all 17 of his professional fights, including 13 by way of stoppage. Butenko, the former M-1 lightweight titleholder, was unbeaten in his past four and had only lost once in his past 12 fights.
The preliminary card aired live and free at 11 a.m. ET on Combat Press via Fite TV. The main card continued at 1:30 p.m. ET on Combat Press via Fite TV.
Alexey Kunchenko def. Alexander Butenko by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:04 – for welterweight title
Joe Riggs vs. Boris Polejay ends in a draw
Rafael Dias def. Vadim Malygin by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 4:39
Magomedkamil Malikov def. Sado Ucar by TKO (punches). Round 2, 0:30
Oleg Olenichev def. Salmar Nunes by unanimous decision
Roman Bogatov def. Tahir Abdullaev by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 2, 1:21
El Anwar Bakary def. Alexander Popov by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 0:27
Damien Peltier def. Maksim Kuldashev by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 4:55
Kurban Taigibov def. Lom-Ali Nalgiev by unanimous decision
Nuralez Aydarov def. Oleg Lichkovakha by knockout (knee). Round 1, 0:12
Dmitry Tebekin def. Abylkasym Yakubov by unanimous decision
Vladimir Trusov def. Vyacheslav Babkin by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 2:48
Movsar Bokov def. Levan Solodovnik by submission (ankle lock). Round 2, 1:35