M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Championship
Marcin Tybura defends against Denis Smoldarev
M-1 Challenge 53 streaming live Nov. 11 from Russia on M1Global.TV
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 Â½ 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 and opponents will soon be announced. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
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The outgoing Irishman isn’t for everybody, but his mercurial nature has made him an unavoidable attraction.
Less than a month after making a triumphant return to the UFC Octagon after over nine months away, lightweight star Joe Lauzon agreed to fight again, as a late-notice fill-in against Diego Sanchez (25-7) in Mexico City Nov. 15. The UFC 180 featured bout was announced Friday, after what Lauzon (24-9) tells Cagewriter was a sudden series of Thursday night moves.
“My manager called me up and asked if I wanted to fight Diego because he needed an opponent, and I laughed and said, ‘sure.’ I thought he was going to end up fighting [Conor] McGregor but he told me he checked with the UFC and that wasn’t happening. Then, it became a bit more real, and I told him, ‘yeah, I’ll fight him.’ He called the UFC, and a couple hours later we had the fight,” Lauzon remembers.
The fighter had been back in the gym he owns regularly since his Sep. 5 TKO of Michael Chiesa, but was not yet training at the intensity and pace as he would for a fight. Now, Lauzon jumps back into an abbreviated camp to fight one of the UFC’s biggest names, in what will doubtless feel like home to the Mexican-descended Sanchez.
Lauzon said the fight appealed to him for several reasons. “It’s cool that the fight is in Mexico,” he says.
“Also, my last two wins were against two Ultimate Fighter winners (Chiesa and Mac Danzig), so it would be neat to face a winner of the original TUF. Plus, Diego always has exciting fights. So, I think we can put on a great fight.”
Sanchez has appeared much worse for wear after a long and violent career, losing three out of four fights before being gifted a controversially bad split decision in his home town of Albuquerque against Ross Pearson in June. Lauzon knows that the former lightweight title challenger is still dangerous, and particularly good at sucking opponents into his type of fight.
For his part, Lauzon is a cerebral fighter who is also known for his blood and guts performances over the years. “Baby Joe” says he’ll try to fight smart and tactical against Sanchez, but can’t promise that things won’t turn nasty.
“Diego has amazing Jiu Jitsu,” Lauzon begins.
“I’ve watched him his whole career. He hasn’t used his grappling too much lately, and I know he has not been doing so well, but he’s so tough and dangerous. I’m going to try and fight smart against him – that’s definitely going to be my idea. But, he’s so good at getting guys to fight his type of fight, and brawl. Someone is probably going to end up bleeding.”
Fans on The Underground discussion forum have already begun producing good-natured movie poster-designs of what they expect to be an epic battle between Lauzon and Sanchez. Do you think the fight between these two strong grapplers will turn into a slug fest on the feet?
Let us know how you see it going in the comments section!
Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, thinks it is high time his pupil gets a shot at the UFC belt. In fact, after MacDonald’s TKO win last weekend against Tarec Saffiedine, the coach insists that “Ares” (18-2) should refuse to fight anyone other than the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II, for the 170 pound title.
“How many more fights are on the table?” Zahabi asked in an interview with MMA Fighting.
“If you look at the top-10, who else would be eligible? Everybody’s pretty much booked or [MacDonald] has beat. I don’t see who’s really out there who makes sense. I think the only thing that makes sense now is the winner of Hendricks and Lawler. I can’t think of anybody else.”
The 25 year-old Georges St. Pierre protege is on a three-fight win streak since losing a close decision to Robbie Lawler in their title eliminator match back nearly a year ago. Hendricks (16-2) and Lawler (24-10) will fight for the championship Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.
The two first duked it out in one of the nastiest, and closest slug fests in UFC history last March, for the then-vacant welterweight title. Hendricks earned the decision and has not fought since then, because of torn biceps.
Do you want MacDonald to fight the winner of this title rematch? Let us know in the comments section!
The silver lining quickly emerged from the black cloud that was the loss of the Dec. 6 Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort bout.
The dust had barely settled on Monday’s news that a Weidman broken hand had forced the postponement of the middleweight title fight when the UFC announced a new main event for UFC 181 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title.
The new main event is a rematch of a bout which could still end up as 2014′s Fight of the Year when all is said and done. With the vacant title up for grabs, Hendricks and Lawler put on a 25-minute, toe-to-toe slugfest. With the title hanging in the balance going into the fifth round, Hendricks found another gear and clinched the decision.
But he paid the price in the process: Hendricks (16-2) aggravated a bicep injury originally suffered in training and had to undergo surgery afterward, which has kept him out of action since.
ESPN reported last week that Hendricks was looking at an early 2015 return, however, Hendricks’ manager Ted Ehrhardt explained to MMAFighting.com on Monday that that was only because they believed all the UFC pay-per-view slots were already booked until then. Ehrhardt said he called Hendricks on Monday asking if his arm, cardio and weight would be on point for Dec. 6, and Hendricks assured him he would have no issues heading into his first title defense.
"I didn’t need to do any convincing," Ehrhardt said.
As for Hendricks’ current health status, Ehrhardt said the welterweight champion was "close" to 100 percent healthy.
In the wake of the Hendricks loss, Lawler (24-10, 1 NC) went out and earned his rematch the old-fashioned way. The fighter nicknamed "Ruthless" earned a third-round TKO over Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173 in May, then earned a decision in a hard-fought five-round bout against Matt Brown in July.
With the new main event, UFC 181 will remain a two-title fight affair, as Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title remains the co-feature bout.