M-1 Global

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M-1 Global
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Founded 1997
Founder Vadim Finkelchtein
Headquarters St. Petersburg, Russia
Key people
Fedor Emelianenko
Parent M-1 Global Holding[1]
Website http://www.m1global.tv

M-1 Global (Mixfight-1) or MMA-1 (Mixed martial arts-1)[2] is a mixed martial arts promotion based in St. Petersburg, Russia which organizes between 10 and 20 competitions per year. The public faces of M-1 Global are President, Vadim Finkelstein[3] and part-owner Fedor Emelianenko.[4]

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.[5]

M-1, in 2009, signed a contract to co-promote with Explosion Entertainment.[6]

UFC partnership[edit]

On July 18, 2018, it was announced that UFC has agreed in a partnership with Russian Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where M-1 Global serves as the farm league for UFC to scout Russian fighters for UFC and involves in preparation and organises new shows in Russia. Part of the deal also allows M-1 champions would also have the opportunity to sign with UFC.[7][8][9]

M-1 Challenge[edit]

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.[3]

M-1 Selection[edit]

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.[10]

List of Recent and Upcoming M-1 Global events[edit]

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

Current M-1 Global champions[edit]

M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship[edit]

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 Russia Alexander Volkov
def. Denis Smoldarev
M-1 Challenge 64
Russia 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 Poland Marcin Tybura M-1 Challenge 50
Russia 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 Poland Damian Grabowski M-1 Challenge 44
Russia Tula, Russia
November 30, 2013 N/A
2 United States Kenny Garner
def. Guram Gugenishvili
M-1: Fedor vs. Rizzo
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 21, 2012

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

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

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

1 Georgia (country) Guram Gugenishvili
def. Kenny Garner
M-1 Challenge 21
Russia 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 Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 93 kg (205.0 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Khadis Ibragimov
def. Dimitriy Mikutsa
M-1 Challenge 96
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
August 25, 2018
Rashid Yusupov vacated the title when he signed for PFL.
7 Russia Rashid Yusupov M-1 Challenge 66
Russia Orenburg, Russia
May 27, 2016

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

6 Russia Viktor Nemkov M-1 Challenge 63
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 4, 2015 N/A
5 Germany Stephan Puetz M-1 Challenge 46
Russia 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 Russia Viktor Nemkov
def. Vasily Babich
M-1 Challenge 43
Russia Surgut, Russia
November 16, 2013 N/A
Sergey Kornev vacated the title.
3 Russia Sergey Kornev
def. Marcin Zontek
M-1 Challenge 34
Russia Moscow, Russia
September 30, 2012 N/A
Vinny Magalhães vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
2 Brazil Vinny Magalhães
def. Viktor Nemkov
M-1 Challenge 25
Russia 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 Russia Vyacheslav Vasilevsky
def. Tomasz Narkun
M-1 Challenge 22
Russia Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2010 N/A

M-1 Global Middleweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 84 kg (185.2 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Artem Frolov
def. Caio Magalhaes
M-1 Challenge 84
Russia 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 Russia Ramazan Emeev M-1 Challenge 56
Russia 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 Russia Vyacheslav Vasilevsky M-1 Challenge 51
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 7, 2014 N/A
3 Russia Ramazan Emeev
def. Mario Miranda
M-1 Challenge 35
Russia 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 Russia Magomed Sultanakhmedov
def. Tyson Jeffries
M-1 Challenge 24
United States Norfolk, Virginia
March 25, 2011 N/A
Rafał Moks vacated the title when he moved down to welterweight.
1 Poland Rafał Moks
def. Magomed Sultanakhmedov
M-1 Challenge 22
Russia Moscow, Russia
December 10, 2010 N/A

M-1 Global Welterweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 77 kg (169.8 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Alexey Kunchenko M-1 Challenge 65
Russia 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 Russia Murad Abdulaev
def. Marcelo Brito
M-1 Challenge 58
Russia Ingushetia, Russia
June 6, 2015 N/A
Rashid Magomedov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
3 Russia Rashid Magomedov M-1 Challenge 31
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
March 16, 2012

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

2 Switzerland Yasubey Enomoto M-1 Challenge 30
United States Costa Mesa, California
December 9, 2011 N/A
1 Russia Shamil Zavurov
def. Abner Lloveras
M-1 Challenge 22
Russia 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 Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 70 kg (154.3 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Vacant N/A N/A N/A
Damir Ismagulov vacated the title when he signed for UFC.
9 Kazakhstan Damir Ismagulov
def. Maxim Divnich
M-1 Challenge 78
Russia 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 Russia Abukar Yandiev M-1 Challenge 74
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
February 18, 2017 N/A
7 Ukraine Alexander Butenko
def. Artiom Damkovsky
M-1 Challenge 67
Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan
June 4, 2016 N/A
Mansour Barnaoui vacated the title when he signed for KSW.
6 France Mansour Barnaoui M-1 Challenge 57
Russia Orenburg, Russia
May 2, 2015 N/A
5 Ukraine Maxim Divnich
def. Dzhambulat Kurbanov
M-1 Challenge 54
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
December 17, 2014 N/A
Musa Khamanaev vacated the title.
4 Russia Musa Khamanaev M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Pedro Rizzo
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
June 21, 2012

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

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

M-1 Global Featherweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 65 kg (143.3 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current United States Nate Landwehr M-1 Challenge 95
Russia Nazran, Russia
July 21, 2018
3 Russia Khamzat Dalgiev M-1 Challenge 86
Russia Nazran, Russia
November 24, 2017
2 Slovakia Ivan Buchinger
def. Tural Ragimov
M-1 Challenge 52
Russia 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 Russia Marat Gafurov
def. Vugar Bahshiev
M-1 Challenge 35
Russia 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 Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 61 kg (134.5 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Russia Movsar Evloev
def. Pavel Vitruk
M-1 Challenge 81
Russia 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 Russia Movsar Evloev
def. Alexei Nevzorov
M-1 Challenge 76
Russia Nalchik, Russia
April 22, 2017 N/A
1 Ukraine Pavel Vitruk
def. Vitali Branchuk
M-1 Challenge 71
Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia
October 21, 2016 N/A

M-1 Global Flyweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 57 kg (125.7 lb)
No. Name Event Date Defenses
Current Ukraine Aleksander Doskalchuk
def. Arman Ashimov
M-1 Challenge 92
Russia St. Petersburg, Russia
May 24, 2018
Title Unification
Interim Kazakhstan Arman Ashimov
def. Mikael Silander
M-1 Challenge 87
Russia St. Petersburg, Russia
February 9, 2018
1 Ukraine Aleksander Doskalchuk
def. Vadim Malygin
M-1 Challenge 83
Russia Kazan, Russia
September 23, 2017

Notable fighters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Data". m1global.tv. 
  2. ^ Вадим Финкельштейн о ребрендинге М-1 в ММА-1 (in Russian). Mixfight.ru. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ a b "M-1 Global Press Conference". M-1Global.com. 2009-07-30. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  4. ^ Morgan, John. "M-1 Global's Jerry Millen: Fedor Emelianenko is not dodging Brock Lesnar". MMAjunkie. Archived from the original on 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ "King Mo vs. Mark Kerr and exhibition match between Fedor and Mousasi set for "M-1 Breakthrough"". Five Ounces of Pain. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ Sherdog.com. "M-1 Challenge Announces Partnership with UFC to Focus on Russian MMA Talent". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-07-21. 
  8. ^ "UFC signs with oldest Russian MMA promotion for 'UFC RUSSIA' development program". RT International. Retrieved 2018-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Russian MMA promotion M-1 announces deal with the UFC | BJPenn.com". | BJPenn.com. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-21. 
  10. ^ "M-1 Selection 2011 – Asia: Opening Round 1 Announced". M-1Global.com. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

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