M-1 Global

M-1 Global (Mixfight-1) or MMA-1 (Mixed martial arts-1)[1] is a mixed martial arts promotion based in St. Petersburg, Russia which organizes between 10 and 20 competitions per year.

M-1 Global
Private
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
Founded1997; 23 years ago (1997)
FounderVadim Finkelchtein
Headquarters
Websitehttp://www.m-1global.com

It hosted its first major show (rather than co-promoting with other organizations) entitled M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough on August 28, 2009 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.[2]

M-1, in 2009, signed a contract to co-promote with Explosion Entertainment.[3]

UFC partnershipEdit

On July 18, 2018, it was announced that the UFC has agreed in a partnership with Russian Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where M-1 Global serves as the farm league for the UFC to scout Russian fighters for the UFC and involves in preparation and organizes new shows in Russia. Part of the deal also allows M-1 champions to have the opportunity to sign with the UFC.[4][5][6]

M-1 ChallengeEdit

M-1 Challenge is a competition organized with a series of events held in many places around the world. The events are broadcast in over 100 countries, mainly Russia, Europe and the FSU countries.[7]

M-1 SelectionEdit

The M-1 Selection is a MMA competition where the next generation of fighters are given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage with fighters being eliminated after only one loss; victory will advance the winning fighters throughout the tournament and earn them a trip to the championship event where they will compete for a “M-1 Selection” title.[8]

List of Recent and Upcoming M-1 Global eventsEdit

No. Event Date Venue Location
33 M-1 Challenge 98 - Frolov vs. Silva November 2, 2018 Traktor Ice Arena   Chelyabinsk, Russia
32 M-1 Challenge 97 - Bogatov vs. Pereira September 28, 2018 Basket-Hall Arena   Kazan, Russia
31 M-1 Challenge 96 - Mikutsa vs. Ibragimov August 25, 2018 M-1 Arena   Saint Petersburg, Russia
30 M-1 Challenge 95 - Battle in the Mountains 7 July 21, 2018 The Mountain   Nazran, Russia
29 M-1 Challenge 94 - Damkovsky vs. Ismagulov June 15, 2018 Sports Complex "Orenburg"   Orenburg, Russia
28 M-1 Challenge 93 - Shlemenko vs. Silva June 1, 2018 Traktor Ice Arena   Chelyabinsk, Russia
27 M-1 Challenge 92 - Kharitonov vs. Vyazigin May 24, 2018 M-1 Arena   Saint Petersburg, Russia
26 M-1 Challenge 91 - Swain vs. Nuertiebieke May 12, 2018 Nanshan Culture & Sports Center   Shenzhen, China
25 M-1 Challenge 90 - Kunchenko vs. Butenko March 30, 2018 M-1 Arena   Saint Petersburg, Russia
24 M-1 Challenge 89 - Buchinger vs. Krasnikov March 10, 2018 M-1 Arena   Saint Petersburg, Russia
23 M-1 Challenge 88 - Ismagulov vs. Tutarauli February 22, 2018 Olimpiyskiy   Moscow, Russia
22 M-1 Challenge 87 - Silander vs. Ashimov February 9, 2018 M1 Arena   Saint Petersburg, Russia
21 Road to M-1: Battle in Nazran 9 December 16, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
20 M-1 Challenge 86 - Buchinger vs. Dalgiev November 24, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
19 M-1 Challenge 85: Ismagulov vs. Matias November 10, 2017 Olimpiyskiy   Moscow, Russia
18 M-1 Challenge 84 - Kunchenko vs. Romanov October 27, 2017 Ice Palace   Saint Petersburg, Russia
17 M-1 Challenge 83 - Ragozin vs. Halsey September 23, 2017 Basket-Hall Kazan   Kazan, Russia
16 Road to China 2 September 7, 2017 Grand Restaurant Qin   Moscow, Russia
15 Road to M-1: Battle in Nazran 8 August 27, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
14 M-1 Challenge 82 - Vanttinen vs. Zayats August 5, 2017 Hartwall Arena   Helsinki, Finland
13 M-1 Challenge 81 - Battle in the Mountains 6 July 22, 2017 The Mountain   Nazran, Russia
12 M-1 Challenge 80 - Kharitonov vs. Sokoudjou June 15, 2017 Harbin International Convention Exhibition and Sports Center   Harbin, China
11 Road to M-1: St. Petersburg 3 June 8, 2017 A2 Green Concert Hall   Saint Petersburg, Russia
10 M-1 Challenge 79 - Shlemenko vs. Halsey 2 June 1, 2017 Yubileyny Sports Palace   Saint Petersburg, Russia
9 M-1 Challenge 78 - Divnich vs. Ismagulov May 26, 2017 Orenburzhye Sport Arena   Orenburg, Russia
8 Road to M-1: Battle in Nazran 7 May 20, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
7 M-1 Challenge 77 - Nemkov vs. Markes May 19, 2017 Sochi sport palace   Sochi, Russia
6 Road to M-1: St. Petersburg 2 April 27, 2017 A2 Green Concert Hall   Saint Petersburg, Russia
5 M-1 Challenge 76 - Nevzorov vs. Evloev April 22, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
4 Road to M-1: Battle in Nazran 6 March 11, 2017 Sports Palace "Magas"   Nazran, Russia
3 M-1 Challenge 75 - Shlemenko vs. Bradley March 3, 2017 Olimpiyskiy   Moscow, Russia
2 M-1 Challenge 74 - Yusupov vs. Puetz February 18, 2017 Ice Palace   Saint Petersburg, Russia
1 Road to M-1: St. Petersburg 1 February 9, 2017 A2 Green Concert Hall   Saint Petersburg, Russia

Current M-1 Global championsEdit

Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight Vacant 0
Light Heavyweight Vacant 0
Middleweight   Bruno Silva November 2, 2018 0
Welterweight   Shavkat Rakhmonov March 30, 2019 1
Lightweight   Roman Bogatov September 28, 2018 2
Featherweight Vacant 0
Bantamweight   Sergey Morozov June 28, 2019 1
Flyweight   Aleksander Doskalchuk May 24, 2018 2

Current M-1 USA National championsEdit

Division Champion Since Defenses
Welterweight   Dakota Cochrane April 4, 2019 0

M-1 Global Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 120 kg (264.6 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Alexander Volkov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
5   Alexander Volkov
def. Denis Smoldarev
M-1 Challenge 64
  Moscow, Russia
February 19, 2016

1. def. Attila Vegh at M-1 Challenge 68 on July 16, 2016 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Marcin Tybura vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
4   Marcin Tybura M-1 Challenge 50
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
August 15, 2014

1. def. Denis Smoldarev at M-1 Challenge 53 on November 25, 2014 in Beijing, China
2. def. Ante Delija at M-1 Challenge 61 on September 20, 2015 in Nazran, Russia

3   Damian Grabowski M-1 Challenge 44
  Tula, Russia
November 30, 2013 N/A
2   Kenny Garner
def. Guram Gugenishvili
M-1: Fedor vs. Rizzo
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 21, 2012

1. def. Guram Gugenishvili at M-1 Challenge 36 on December 8, 2012 in Moscow, Russia

Interim   Kenny Garner
def. Maxim Grishin
M-1 Challenge 27
  Phoenix, Arizona
October 14, 2011

1. def. Magomed Malikov at M-1 Challenge 32 on May 16, 2012 in Moscow, Russia

1   Guram Gugenishvili
def. Kenny Garner
M-1 Challenge 21
  Moscow, Russia
October 28, 2010

1. def. Maxim Grishin at M-1 Challenge 23 on March 5, 2011 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Global Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 93 kg (205.0 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Khadis Ibragimov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
8   Khadis Ibragimov
def. Dimitriy Mikutsa
M-1 Challenge 96
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
August 25, 2018

1. def. Rafał Kijańczuk at M-1 Challenge 101 on March 30, 2019 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Rashid Yusupov vacated the title when he signed for PFL.
7   Rashid Yusupov M-1 Challenge 66
  Orenburg, Russia
May 27, 2016

1. def. Stephan Puetz at M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

6   Viktor Nemkov M-1 Challenge 63
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 4, 2015 N/A
5   Stephan Puetz M-1 Challenge 46
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 14, 2014

1. def. Luis Fernando Miranda at M-1 Challenge 50 on August 15, 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
2. def. Valery Myasnikov at M-1 Challenge 54 on December 17, 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

4   Viktor Nemkov
def. Vasily Babich
M-1 Challenge 43
  Surgut, Russia
November 16, 2013 N/A
Sergey Kornev vacated the title.
3   Sergey Kornev
def. Marcin Zontek
M-1 Challenge 34
  Moscow, Russia
September 30, 2012 N/A
Vinny Magalhães vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
2   Vinny Magalhães
def. Viktor Nemkov
M-1 Challenge 25
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
April 28, 2011

1. def. Mikhail Zayats at M-1 Challenge 27 on October 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Vyacheslav Vasilevsky vacated the title when he moved down to middleweight.
1   Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
def. Tomasz Narkun
M-1 Challenge 22
  Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2010 N/A

M-1 Global Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 84 kg (185.2 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Bruno Silva M-1 Challenge 98
  Chelyabinsk, Russia
November 2, 2018
6   Artem Frolov
def. Caio Magalhaes
M-1 Challenge 84
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
October 27, 2017 1. def. Joe Riggs at M-1 Challenge 93 on June 1, 2018 in Chelyabinsk, Russia
Ramazan Emeev vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
5   Ramazan Emeev M-1 Challenge 56
  Moscow, Russia
April 10, 2015

1. def. Luigi Fioravanti at M-1 Challenge 63 on December 4, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia
2. def. Anatoly Tokov at M-1 Challenge 73 on December 9, 2016 in Nazran, Russia

4   Vyacheslav Vasilevsky M-1 Challenge 51
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 7, 2014 N/A
3   Ramazan Emeev
def. Mario Miranda
M-1 Challenge 35
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
November 15, 2012

1. def. Mario Miranda at M-1 Challenge 38 on April 9, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Magomed Sultanakhmedov vacated the title due to health issue.
2   Magomed Sultanakhmedov
def. Tyson Jeffries
M-1 Challenge 24
  Norfolk, Virginia
March 25, 2011 N/A
Rafał Moks vacated the title when he moved down to welterweight.
1   Rafał Moks
def. Magomed Sultanakhmedov
M-1 Challenge 22
  Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2010 N/A

M-1 Global Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 77 kg (169.8 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Shavkat Rakhmonov
def. Daniil Prikaza
M-1 Challenge 101
  Almaty, Kazakhstan
March 30, 2019 1. def. Tiago Varejão at M-1 Challenge 102 on June 28, 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Alexey Kunchenko vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
5   Alexey Kunchenko M-1 Challenge 65
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
April 8, 2016

1. def. Murad Abdulaev at M-1 Challenge 72 on November 18, 2016 in Moscow, Russia
2. def. Maksim Grabovich at M-1 Challenge 75 on March 3, 2017 in Moscow, Russia
3. def. Sergey Romanov at M-1 Challenge 84 on October 27, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
4. def. Alexander Butenko at M-1 Challenge 90 on March 30, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

4   Murad Abdulaev
def. Marcelo Brito
M-1 Challenge 58
  Ingushetia, Russia
June 6, 2015 N/A
Rashid Magomedov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
3   Rashid Magomedov M-1 Challenge 31
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 16, 2012

1. def. Alexander Yakovlev at M-1 Challenge 35 on November 15, 2012 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

2   Yasubey Enomoto M-1 Challenge 30
  Costa Mesa, California
December 9, 2011 N/A
1   Shamil Zavurov
def. Abner Lloveras
M-1 Challenge 22
  Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2010

1. def. Yasubey Enomoto at M-1 Challenge 25 on April 28, 2011 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

M-1 Global Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 70 kg (154.3 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Roman Bogatov
def. Rubenilton Pereira
M-1 Challenge 97
  Kazan, Russia
September 28, 2018 1. def. Michel Silva at M-1 Challenge/ WKG on January 26, 2019 in Harbin, China

2. def. Mickaël Lebout at M-1 Challenge 104 on August 30, 2019 in Orenburg, Russia

Damir Ismagulov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
9   Damir Ismagulov
def. Maxim Divnich
M-1 Challenge 78
  Orenburg, Russia
May 26, 2017 1. def. Raul Tutarauli at M-1 Challenge 88 on February 22, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

2. def. Artiom Damkovsky at M-1 Challenge 94 on June 15, 2018 in Orenburg, Russia

Abukar Yandiev vacated the title.
8   Abukar Yandiev M-1 Challenge 74
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
February 18, 2017 N/A
7   Alexander Butenko
def. Artiom Damkovsky
M-1 Challenge 67
  Baku, Azerbaijan
June 4, 2016 N/A
Mansour Barnaoui vacated the title when he signed for KSW.
6   Mansour Barnaoui M-1 Challenge 57
  Orenburg, Russia
May 2, 2015 N/A
5   Maxim Divnich
def. Dzhambulat Kurbanov
M-1 Challenge 54
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 17, 2014 N/A
Musa Khamanaev vacated the title.
4   Musa Khamanaev M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Pedro Rizzo
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 21, 2012

1. def. Niko Puhakka at M-1 Challenge 37 on February 27, 2013 in Orenburg, Russia

3   Daniel Weichel M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson
  Moscow, Russia
November 20, 2011 N/A
2   Jose Figueroa M-1 Challenge 24
  Norfolk, Virginia
March 25, 2011 N/A
1   Artiom Damkovsky
def. Mairbek Taisumov
M-1 Challenge 21
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
October 28, 2010 N/A

M-1 Global Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 65 kg (143.3 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Nate Landwehr vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
4   Nate Landwehr M-1 Challenge 95
  Nazran, Russia
July 21, 2018

1. def. Andrey Lezhnev at M-1 Challenge 100 on December 15, 2018 in Atyrau, Kazakhstan
2. def. Viktor Kolesnik at M-1 Challenge 102 on June 28, 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

3   Khamzat Dalgiev M-1 Challenge 86
  Nazran, Russia
November 24, 2017 N/A
2   Ivan Buchinger
def. Tural Ragimov
M-1 Challenge 52
  Nazran, Russia
October 17, 2014

1. def. Mansour Barnaoui at M-1 Challenge 62 on October 10, 2015 in Sochi, Russia
2. def. Timur Nagibin at M-1 Challenge 80 on June 15, 2017 in Harbin, China

Marat Gafurov vacated the title when he signed for ONE FC.
1   Marat Gafurov
def. Vugar Bahshiev
M-1 Challenge 35
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
November 15, 2012

1. def. Yuri Ivlev at M-1 Challenge 41 on August 21, 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia
2. def. Lee Morrison at M-1 Challenge 47 on April 4, 2014 in Orenburg, Russia

M-1 Global Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 61 kg (134.5 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Sergey Morozov
def. Aleksandr Osetrov
M-1 Challenge 102
  Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
June 28, 2019 1. def. Josh Rettinghouse at M-1 Challenge 105 on October 19, 2019 in Moscow, Russia
Movsar Evloev vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
2   Movsar Evloev
def. Pavel Vitruk
M-1 Challenge 81
  Nazran, Russia
July 22, 2017 1. def. Sergey Morozov at M-1 Challenge 88 on February 22, 2018 in Moscow, Russia

2. def. Rafael Dias at M-1 Challenge 95 on July 21, 2018 in Nazran, Russia

Title Unification
Interim   Movsar Evloev
def. Alexei Nevzorov
M-1 Challenge 76
  Nalchik, Russia
April 22, 2017 N/A
1   Pavel Vitruk
def. Vitali Branchuk
M-1 Challenge 71
  Saint Petersburg, Russia
October 21, 2016 N/A

M-1 Global Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 57 kg (125.7 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Interim   Asu Almabaev M-1 Challenge 105
  Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
October 19, 2019 N/A
Interim   Chris Kelades
def. Alexander Pletenko
M-1 Challenge 103
  Shenzhen, China
August 3, 2019 N/A
Current   Aleksander Doskalchuk
def. Arman Ashimov
M-1 Challenge 92
  St. Petersburg, Russia
May 24, 2018 2. def. Mikael Silander at M-1 Challenge 99 on November 17, 2018 in Nazran, Russia
Title Unification
Interim   Arman Ashimov
def. Mikael Silander
M-1 Challenge 87
  St. Petersburg, Russia
February 9, 2018 N/A
1   Aleksander Doskalchuk
def. Vadim Malygin
M-1 Challenge 83
  Kazan, Russia
September 23, 2017 N/A

M-1 USA National Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 77 kg (169.8 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current   Dakota Cochrane
def. James Warfield-Lane
M-1 Challenge: Road to M-1 USA 2
  Winterhaven, California, USA
April 4, 2019

Notable fightersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Вадим Финкельштейн о ребрендинге М-1 в ММА-1 (in Russian). Mixfight.ru. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ "King Mo vs. Mark Kerr and exhibition match between Fedor and Mousasi set for "M-1 Breakthrough"". Five Ounces of Pain.
  3. ^ "M-1 and Fedor officially join forces with Strikeforce". M-1Global.com. 2009-08-03. Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  4. ^ Sherdog.com. "M-1 Challenge Announces Partnership with UFC to Focus on Russian MMA Talent". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  5. ^ "UFC signs with oldest Russian MMA promotion for 'UFC RUSSIA' development program". RT International. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  6. ^ "Russian MMA promotion M-1 announces deal with the UFC | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  7. ^ "M-1 Global Press Conference". M-1Global.com. 2009-07-30. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  8. ^ "M-1 Selection 2011 – Asia: Opening Round 1 Announced". M-1Global.com. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2012-05-07.

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