This Saturday, one of the biggest fights of the year in European MMA goes down in Orenburg, Russia: A champion vs. champion superfight between M-1 Challenge light-heavyweight titleholder Stephan Puetz and unbeaten heavyweight kingpin Marcin Tybura. Bloody Elbow's Mark Bermann is on site in Russia and attended today's press conference and official weigh-ins.
As expected, Puetz came in over 20 pounds lighter that Tybura, but looked considerably bigger when they both squared off. The German, still using his "T-800" Terminator gimmick, promised to "terminate" the heavyweight champion come Saturday. Tybura stayed calm in his reply: "I don't have more pressure, just because this is a champion vs. champion fight. I don't see him as a champion, I see him as a fighter and another challenger."
Tybura is unbeaten in 12 professional fights and secured the heavyweight belt by beating Damian Grabowski last year. Puetz has one loss in 13 fights as a pro. He also won his title last year and has defended it on two occasions since then.
A light heavyweight championship fight between Mansour Barnaoui and Maxim Divnich will be the co-headliner for the show. You can watch M-1 Challenge 57 live on www.m1global.tv.
M-1 Challenge 57: Tybura vs. Pütz
2. Mai 2015
Stephan Puetz (229,28) vs. Marcin Tybura (251,77)
Mansour Barnaoui (154,32) vs. Maxim Divnich (154,76)
Dez Parker (169,76) vs. Aleksey Kunchenko (169,31)
Max Coga (144,84) vs. Magomed Idrisov (144,62)
Mokhtar Benkaci (145,06) vs. Nikita Chistyakov (145,28)
Fabrice Dato (160,72)* vs. Murad Mirzabekov (153,88)
David Trallero (235,45) vs. Kurban Ibragimov (213,85)
Sergey Andreev (153,88) vs. Damir Ismagulov (154,54)
Mitry Medvedev (205,03) vs. Rashid Yuyupov (203,27)
Dmitry Adeev (202,83) vs. Adam Yandiev (202,83)
Bartosz Chyrek (169,54) vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov (169,31)
Akmaljon Mamurov (144,4) vs. Timur Nagibin (144,84)
*Fabrice Dato missed weight by almost seven pounds at has one hour to make make the weight limit.
Here are the pictures of the weigh-ins for the main card, courtesy of M-1 Global:
Mansour Barnaoui vs. Maxim Divnich
Dez Parker vs. Aleksey Kunchenko
Max Coga vs. Magomed Idrisov
Mokhtar Benkaci vs. Nikita Chistyakov