ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (September 4, 2014) — M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in China is shaping up as an MMA heavyweight extravaganza, November 11 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, to be held in conjunction with the International Economic Forum.
Newly crowned M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (11-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB) headlines in his first title defense against undefeated challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB).
M-1 Challenge 53 will be streamed in high definition on www.M1Global.TV, live from China. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Andriod and Apple smart phones and tablets.
Tubura, fighting out of Poland, captured the M-1 Challenge heavyweight title in his last fight, choking defending champion and fellow Pole, Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 10 SUB), last month in M-1 Challenge 50. Smoldarev is known at home as the “Brock Lesnar of Estonia.”
Also scheduled to fight on the Nov. 11 show are Russian heavyweight star Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov (21-5-0, 11 KO/TKO, 9 SUB), Japanese heavyweight and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), and Russian welterweight Muslim “King of Kung Fu” Salikhov (2-1-0, 1 KO/TKO, 0 SUB).
During his 5 ½ year professional career, the 6′ 4″, 260-pound Kharitonov has defeated the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Pedro Rizzo, Andrei Arlovski and Alistar Overeem, while Ishii’s victims include notables such as Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo and Tim Sylvia.
Additional fights, MMA news and opponents will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.