Tybura retains M-1 Challenge heavyweight title
Kharitonev stops Garner, Grabowski defeats Gluhuv
Last night at M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, undefeated M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (12-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 6 SUB) had a very successful first title defense, Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonev (22-5-0, 12 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) registered another impressive knockout, and former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (20-2-0, 6 KO/TKO 12 SUB) returned to his winning ways in the blockbuster event.
M-1 Global is the first company sanctioned to promote professional mixed-martial-arts in China at this elite level. The event was held at Wukesong Arena, which was the site for basketball during the 2008 Olympics.
Tybura, of Poland, needed only 3:35 to force previously unbeaten Estonian challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-1-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) into tapping-out from a rear naked choke.
Kharitonev emerged victorious from his Heavyweight Super Fight against American challenger and late replacement Kenny “Deuce” Garner (14-8-0, 8 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) when the doctor stopped the fight in the third round.
Grabowski locked an arm triangle as Latvian challenger and knockout specialist, Konstantine “Lacplesis” Gluhuv (28-14-0, 21 KO/TKO, 4 SUB) submitted in round three of their Special Heavyweight Attraction.
Four-time Washu Sanda champion Muslim “King of Wushu Sanda” Salikhov, of Russia, improved his professional record to 5-1-0 with a first-round knockout by punches of Brazilian welterweight Victor “Kratos” Sckoteski (5-2-0, 3 KO/TKO, 1 SUB).
Undefeated Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (12-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) kept his perfect record intact, punching out Brazilian invader Rafael “Gogo” Miranda (9-5-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) in the opening round.
Chinese bantamweight Honggang “The Master” Yao (10-4-1) and Nikita “Piranha” Chistyakov (4-1-1), of Russia, fought to a three-round majority draw.
Unbeaten Kazakh bantamweight Sergey Morozov (5-0-0) punched his way to a second round knockout victory over fan-favorite Rijirigala Amu (8-4-0), of China.
The pro debut of Movsar Evloev was successful as the Russian bantamweight defeated another Chinese fighter, Jianwei “Yangtze Uksw” He (1-2-0), by way of a rear naked choke that resulted in a second-round submission.
Marcin Tybura (12-0-0), Poland WSUB1 (3:35 – rear naked choke) Denis Smoldarev(8-0-0), Estonia
(Tybura retained M-1 Challenge heavyweight title)
Sergei Kharitonev (22-5-0), Russia WTKO3 (2:01) Kenny Garner (14-8-0), United States
Damian Grabowski(20-2-0), Poland WSUB3 (1:47 – arm triangle) Konstantin Gluhuv (28-15-0), Latvia
Muslim Salikhov (6-1-0), Russia WKO1 (4:27 – punch) Victor Sckoteski(5-2-0), Brazil
Pavel Vitruk (12-0-0), Ukraine WKO1 (1:44 – punch) Rafael Miranda (9-5-4), Brazil
Honggang Yao(10-4-1), China D3 Nikita Chistyakov (5-1-1), Russia
Sergey Morozov (5-0-0), Kazakhstan WTKO2 (4:36 – punches) Rijirigala Amu (8-3-0), China
Movsar Ervoev(1-0-0), Russia WSUB2 (2:56 – rear naked choke) JiaNwei He (1-1-0), China
Marcin Tybura on top of Denis Smoldarev
Marcin Tybura finishes off Denis Smoldarev
Marcin Tybura on back of Denis Smoldarev
Sergei Kharitonev (R) strikes Kenny Garner
Kenny Garner (L) and Sergei Kharitonev exchange strikes
Sergei Kharitonev (L) pounds Kenny Garner
Damian Grabowski (R) kicks Konstantin Gluhuv
Damian Grabowski tosses Konstantin Gluhuv
(L-R) Konstantin Gluhov and Damian Grabowski
(L-R) Muslim Salikov & Victor Sckoteski
Muslim Salikhov (R) kicks Victor Sckoteski
(L-R) Pavel Vitruk and Rafael Miranda
Pavel Vitruk (R) nails Rafael Miranda
(L-R) Pavel Vitruk and Rafael Miranda
Nikita Chistyakov (L) jabs Honggang Yao
Honggang Yao (top) and Nikita Chistyakov
Nikita Chistyakov (bottom) and Honggang Yao
Sergey Morozov (standing) and Rijirigala Amu
(L-R) Rijirigaka Amu and Sergey Morozov
Sergey Morozov celebrates his 5th pro career win
Movsar Evloev (L) punches Jianwei He
Legendary MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko was a special guest
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