M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire Finalized for Nov 25 in Beijing
M-1 CHALLENGE 53: Battle in the Empire
M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Championship
SERGEI KHARITONOV vs. KENNY GARNER
WATCH LIVE ON M1GLOBAL.TV
M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire
Finalized with addition of two featherweight fights
Streaming live Nov. 25 from China on M1Global.TV
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Nov. 19, 2014) - The main card for the blockbuster November 25th M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing live on www.M1Global.TV from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China, has been finalized with the addition of two potentially explosive featherweight fights.
Rijirigala Amu (8-3-0), of China, takes on unbeaten Kazakh fighter Sergey Morozov (4-0-0), while Jianwei "Yangtze Uksw" He (1-1-0) faces Russian Movsar Evloev in his professional debut.
Six of the best heavyweight MMA fighters in the world top the main card in three highly competitive, entertaining matches.
Undefeated M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (11-0-0), of Poland, defends his title against Estonia's unbeaten challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0) in the main event.
In a Heavyweight Super Fight, Russian star Sergei "The Paratrooper" Kharitonov
(21-5-0) takes on former M-1 Global interim heavyweight champion Kenny "Deuce" Garner (14-7-0), who replaced injured Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1).
Latvian knockout artist Konstantin Gluhov (28-14-0) battles former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian "Polish Pitbull" Grabowski (19-2-0), of Poland, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.
Also fighting on the main-card is unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0) against Jungle Fight champion Rafael Miranda (9-4-0, of Brazil. Four-time Wushu Sanda champion Muslim "King of Wushi Sanda" Salikhov (5-1-0), of Russia, faces Brazilian striker Victor Kratos Sckoteski (5-1-0), and Russian featherweight Nikita "Piranha" Chistyakov (4-1-0) meets Honggang "The Master" Yao (10-4-0) to round-out this loaded card from top to bottom.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
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.
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