On Saturday, Feb. 18, M-1 Global returned to St. Petersburg, Russia for M-1 Challenge 74: Yusupov vs. Puetz.
In the evening’s main event, current M-1 light heavyweight champion Rashid Yusupov fought former M-1 champion Stephan “T-800” Puetz. Yusupov had won five consecutive fights under the M-1 banner, with his most recent being his title fight victory over Viktor Nemkov. Puetz had won two straight since dropping his belt to Nemkov by majority decision.
In the evening’s co-main event, M-1 lightweight champion Alexander Butenko met former Octagon Fighting Sensation middleweight champion Abukar Yandiev. Butenko was unbeaten in his past seven with victories over veterans Artiom Damkovsky and Heydar Mamedaliyev. Yandiev had finished all eight of his wins inside the first three minutes of the first round. Yandiev’s average fight time is just 69 seconds.
The event aired live at 10 a.m. ET on M-1 Global TV and MatchTV (Russia).