M-1 CHALLENGE 50: Battle on Neva
DAMIAN GRABOWSKI vs. MARCIN TYBURA
M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Championship
STEPHAN PUETZ vs. LUIS FERNANDO MIRANDA
M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship
August 15, 2014 * Mitninskaya emb 6 * St. Petersburg, Russia
M-1 Challenge 50: Battle on Neva
Tybura dethrones Grabowski,
Puetz retains title
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August 16, 2014) - Undefeated challenger Marcin "Tyber" Tybura (11-0-0) dethroned defending M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion
Damian "Polish Pitbul" Grabowski (19-2-0) by way of a first-round submission in last night's main event on theM-1 Challenge 50: Battle of Neva anniversary show held outdoors in the open center area of St. Petersburg, Russia.
In the co-feature, Stephan Puetz (11-1-0) successfully defended his M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title by second-round submission against Luis Fernando "Hulk" Miranda (12-2-0).
In a battle of Polish heavyweights, Tybura (pictured above) needed only 1:28 to force a submission of his fellow countryman, Grabowski, by skillfully using a North-South choke.
Puetz (pictured above on right), fighting out of Germany, made his first title defense memorable, locking a rear naked choke hold on Brazilian challenger Miranda, who submitted at 4:31 of the second round.
In one of three Super Fights, Spanish welterweight Daniel "The Gladiator" Tabera(18-5-3) took a three-round split decision from previously unbeaten Ilya Doderkin (5-1-0), who was fighting at home in St. Petersburg.
Slovakian featherweight Ivan "Buki" Buchinger (27-4-0) won a three-round majority decision over Russian veteran Mikhail Malyutin (26-13-0).
Russian featherweight Nikita Chistyakov (2-1-0), also fighting at home, came out on top of a unanimous three-round decision versus Polish invader Kamil Maron (5-2-0).
Also fighting on the main card, German lightweight Saba Bolaghi (1-0-1) and another hometown favorite, Zulfikar Usmanov (6-3-1), battled to a two-round majority draw.
In Ros Stroilnvest Cup action, St. Petersburg's Anton Telepnev (8-4-0) used a rear naked choke to defeat Kyrgyzstan's Zhyrgalbek Emilbekov (0-1-0)in the semifinals, as well as Artem Glybchak (1-1-0) in the championship final, both by first-round submission. Glybchak had won a unanimous two-round decision over fellow Russian,Daniyar Ismailov (0-1-0) in their semifinal match.
Also fighting in preliminary bouts, Russian lightweight Marat Balaev (1-0-0) won his professional debut with a two-round unanimous decision over Spaniard Issac Alvarado (1-1-0), Adam Tsurov (1-0-0) used a rear naked choke to submitStanislav Rogov in a fight featuring a pair of Russian welterweight making their pro debuts, and Russian middleweight Khabib Isaev (1-0-0) won his pro debut by second-round split decision over Dauren Ermekov (0-1-0), of Kazakhstan.
Complete results and photo gallery below:
M-1 Challenge Title Fights
MAIN EVENT - M-1 CHALLENGE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Marcin Tybura (11-0-0), Poland
WSUB1 (1:28 - north-south choke)
Damian Grabowski(19-2-0), Poland
(Tybura won M-1 Challenge heavyweight title)
CO-FEATURE - M-1 CHALLENGE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Stephan Puetz(11-1-0), Germany
WSUB2 (4:31 - rear naked choke)
Luis Fernando Miranda(12-2-0), Brazil
(Puetz retained M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title)
M-1 Challenge Super Fights
Daniel Tabera(18-5-3), Spain
Ilya Doderkin(5-1-0), Russia
Ivan Buchinger(27-4-0), Slovakia
Mikhail Malyutin (26-13-0), Russia
Nikita Chustyakov(2-1-0), Russia
Kamil Maron (5-2-0), Poland
Saba Bolaghi(1-0-1), Germany
Zulfikar Usmanov(6-3-1), Russia
Marat Balayev (1-0-0), Russia
Issac Alvarado (1-1-0), Spain
Adam Tsurov (1-0-0), Inqushetia
WSUB1 (2:00 - rear naked choke)
Stanlslav Rogov (0-1-0), Russia
Khabib Isaev (1-0-0), Russia
Dauren Ermekov (0-1-0), Kazakhstan
ROS STROILNVEST CUP
SEMIFINALS -- LIGHTWEIGHTS
Artem Glybchak(1-0-0), Russia
Daniyar Ismailov (0-1-0), Russia
Anton Telepnev (7-4-0), Russia
WSUB1 (rear naked choke)
Zhyrgalbek Emilbekov (0-2-0), Kyrgyzstan
Anton Telepnev (8-4-0), Russia
WSUB1 (2:47 - rear naked choke)
Artem Glybchak(1-1-0), Russia
Marcin Tybura attacks Damian Grabowski
M-1 Global promoter Vadim Finkelchtein raises the hands of new M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura
Rising star Stephan Puetz enters ring in style before his first M-1 Challenge
light heavyweight title defense
Stephan Puetz (R) stalks Luis Fernando Miranda
Kamil Maron throws Nikita Chistyakov
Mikhail Malyutin catches Ivan Buchinger
Issac Alvarado (L) and Vadim Russul
Daniel Tabera hears decision over Ilya Doderkin
Ros Stroilnvest Cup lightweight champion Anton Telepnev
Saba Bolaghi (l) is about to counter Zulfikar Usmanov
Adam Tsurov blocks Stanislav Rogov's kick
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