M-1 Challenge takes place for the first time in China in Beijing on November 25, 2014. Main event fighter Satoshi Ishii is out due to injury. A replacement for Sergei Kharitonov is being sought.
Russian paratrooper Sergei Kharitonov and Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii were set meet in the main event of M-1’s first mainland China event “Battle in the Celestial Empire”, the first card of a ten-year deal for M-1 to produce events in China. Ishii has broken a rib and will be replaced by a yet to be agreed upon opponent.
M-1 President Vadim Finkelchtein made the announcement today. The delay of the event to November 25th has been attributed to the holding of the APEC Summit during the week of the previously scheduled date.
Several matches still remain unannounced, and it is expected that Chinese athletes will fill more than a few of them. Finkelchtein “promised to showcase some of the best Chinese MMA fighters at M-1 Challenge 53″,
“MMA in China is still in its infancy but the fan base is already present and it’s quite soild. I believe the event will be a success.”
Yao Honggang is the first announced, one of China’s most well-known fighters, and he will face Nikita Chistyakov, an impressive young striker.
M-1 will hold one show per year in China, starting with Challenge 53. It will be broadcast live in Russia and live streamed worldwide.
M-1 Challenge 53
November 25, 2014
Streamed live on https://m1-player.fuugo.tv/main/
Sergei Kharitonov vs TBA
*Satoshi Ishi out to injury
Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Marcin Tybura vs Denis Smoldarev
Muslim Salikhov vs TBA
Yao Honggang vs Nikita Chistyakov
Rafael Miranda vs Pavel Vitruk
Damian Grabowski vs Konstantin Gluhov