M-1 Global closed out a busy 2015 with the 63rd edition of the Challenge series, this time with three title fights atop the card.
In the main event, former light-heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov recaptured his title with a majority decision victory against then-reigning champ Stephan Puetz. Similar to their first fight nearly two years ago, this was a competitive contest that lasted the entire five rounds.
The co-main event saw middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev defend his title against UFC veteran Luigi Fioravanti. Emeev dominated the entire contest and was eventually awarded the victory when his Italian-American foe was unable to answer the bell for the final round.
The event also saw the first M-1 medieval champion crowned when Eugene Bedenko defeated Dmitry Kovrizhina on points.
Viktor Nemkov def. Stephan Püetz via majority decision (50-46, 50-50, 50-46)
Ramazan Emeev def. Luigi Fioravanti via TKO (Corner Stoppage, Round 4)
Rashid Yusupov def. Martin Zawada via unanimous decision
Raul Tutarauli def. Alex Makhno via KO (Strikes, Round 2, 1:29)
Rodrigo Magalhaes vs. Mikhail Korobkov (majority draw)
Eugene Bedenko def. Dmitry Kovrizhina via unanimous decision [M-1 Medieval lightweight title]
Ruslan Shamilov def. Bulat Zhumabaev via TKO (doctor stoppage due to cut)
Alexander Butenko def. Heydar Mammadaliev via unanimous decision
Zalimbek Omarov def. Andrew Lezhneov via unanimous decision
Mikhail Kuznetsov def. Stanislav Reutsky via submission (RNC, Round 3, 3:00)
Daniel Prikaza def. Artem Shokalo via KO (Strikes, Round 1)
Full disclosure: I, Karim Zidan, occasionally do commentary work for M-1 Global on the English broadcast. This does not affect my views on this or any other article related to M-1 Global.