M-1 Challenge light-heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz managed to prevail over heavyweight kingpin Marcin Tybura in the organization's first-ever champion vs. champion super fight, at M-1 Challenge 57 in Orenburg, Russia last Saturday.
In the first two rounds, it looked like Tybura had the perfect strategy against the powerful and bigger German; clinching him against the ropes, taking him to the ground and attacking him with submissions there. But Puetz pushed trough it and made a strong comeback in the third round, where he wobbled the heavyweight champ with stiff uppercuts and knees, that ultimately crushed Tybura's nose and led to a stoppage by the ringside physician.
In the evening's co-main event, BAMMA champion Mansour Barnaoui managed to make a successful return to the ring after a 1,5-year layoff and defeated M-1 lightweight titleholder Maxim Divnich in a great display of heart. Right from the start, both fighters traded wild shots, with Barnaoui being rocked several times. He survived and fought back on instinct until he made a vicious comeback at the end of the first round and stopped Divnich with solid ground and pound, to add another prestigious championship to his collection.
Get the full results here:
M-1 Challenge 57: Battle In The Heart Of The Continent
Mai 2nd 2015
Stephan Puetz def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (doctor's stoppage) after 3:48 in Rd. 3
Lightweight title fight
Mansour Barnaoui def. Maxim Divnich via TKO (punches) after 4:47 in Rd. 1
Alexei Kunchenko def. Dez Parker via TKO (punches) after 2:55 in Rd. 1
Magomed Idrisov def. Max Coga via unanimous decision
Nikita Chistyakov def. Moktar Benkaci via majority decision
Murad Mirzabekov def. Fabrice Dato via TKO (punches) nach 1:00 in Rd. 1
Kurban Ibragimov def. David Trallero via TKO (punches) nach 2:36 in Rd. 2
Damir Ismagulov def. Sergei Andreev via unanimous decision
Rashid Yusupov def. Mitry Medvedev via KO (punch) after 1:32 in Rd. 1
Adam Yandiev def. Dmitry Adeev via Guillotine Choke after 1:04 in Rd. 1
Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Bartosz Chyrek via KO (punches) after 2:51 in Rd. 1
Timur Nagibin def. Akmaljon Mamurov via KO (punches) after 1:05 in Rd. 1