Marcin Tybura earned a first round submission victory over Denis Smoldarev in the main event of M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire recently, defending his heavyweight title in the process.
The battle of unbeatens was the main event from Beijing, China, as Tybura locked in a rear-naked choke.
In other action, former Strikeforce contender Sergei Kharitonov stopped Kenny Garner and Pavel Vitruk knocked out Rafael Miranda.
Complete results can be found below:
Marcin Tybura def. Denis Smoldarev via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:35 of Round 1 to retain the M-1 Challenge heavyweight title
Pavel Vitruk def. Rafael Miranda via KO (strike) at 1:44 of Round 1
Sergei Kharitonov def. Kenny Garner via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 2:01 of Round 3
Damian Grabowski def. Konstantin Gluhov via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:47 of Round 3
Muslim Salikhov def. Victor Sckoteski via TKO (strikes) at 4:27 of Round 1
Honggang Yao vs. Nikita Christyakov ends in majority draw
Sergey Morozov def. Rijirigala Amu via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 2
Movsar Evloev def. Jianwel He via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:56 of Round 2