M-1 hosts its first event in China on November 25, 2014 with a Heavyweight title match between Dennis Smoldarev and Marcin Tybura. Chinese fighters Yao HongGong, Amu Rijirigala and He Jianwei are slated with match ups on the card.
M-1 53: “Battle in the Celestial Empire” in Beijing will launch the promotion’s long-term deal of annual events in the country. Undefeated Marcin Tybura puts his Heavyweight Championship on the line for the second time, against undefeated Dennis Smoldarev in the main event. Tybura’s record of all finishes by both submissions and strikes has placed him high up on the ladder of international heavyweights. Smoldarev, at just 24-years old, has seen a very similar record with only two of his fights having done to decision. This is definitely a title-worthy match.
From China, several fighters make their first M-1 appearance, the first of whom is no stranger to international MMA, former Legend FC Bantamweight Champion Yao HongGang. He will face young striking prodigy Nikita Chistyakov out of the same gym as the Heavyweight title challenger. This one will be experience versus youth and likely grappler versus striker combined into one.
For the other two Chinese fighters, RUFF stand out Amu Rijirigala will take on unbeaten Sergey Morozov, and UFC TUF China competitor will face Movsar Evloev in his pro debut.
Also on the card, China’s well-known Muslim Salikhov joins M-1 to face Victor Sckoteski, and Sergei Kharitonov is back in action against Kenny Garner.
November 25, 2014
Broadcast live at http://m1global.tv/m1c53/
Dennis Smoldarev vs. Marcin Tybura
Damian Grabowski vs. Konstantin Gluhov
Pavel Vitruk vs. Rafael Miranda
Nikita Chistyakov vs. Honggang Yao
Muslim Salikhov vs. Victor Sckoteski
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Kenny Garner
Sergey Morozov vs. Rijirigala Amu
Jianwei He vs. Movsar Evloev