M-1 Global conclude their 2016 year with two title fights at M-1 Challenge 73 with Ramazan Emeev defending the middleweight title, Ivan Buchinger defending the featherweight belt. M-1 Challenge 73 takes place December 9th in Nazran, Ingushetia, Russia with a webcast through the promotion’s website.
14-3 Ramazan Emeev first held the M-1 Challenge middleweight title from his defeat of Mario Miranda in November 2012 through a rematch in April 2013 before losing it to Vyacheslav Vasilevsky in September 2013. In April 2015 Emeev recaptured the belt in a rematch against Vasilevsky and has since defended it against Luigi Fioravanti then picked up a non-title win over Bellator vet Maiquel Falcao in April of this year. Anatoly Tokov stands 24-1 with his sole loss being a KO from Magomed Magomedkerimov in December 2011, his subsequent 17-fight win streak being capped with a unanimous decision over Vladimir Filipovic in June.
In the co-main event Ivan Buchinger makes his second title defense as he takes on undefeated Magomed Idrisov. 31-4 Buchinger took the then-vacant title with a TKO of Tural Ragimov in October 2014 and defended it against Mansour Barnaoui while his wins over Aliyar Sarkerov and Mikhail Korobkov were non-title fights. Idrisov is undefeated but much less experienced at 6-0. In M-1 Challenge events Idrisov defeated Yuri Maia, Max Coga, and Sergej Grecicho.
- Josh Rettinghouse vs. Sergey Morozov
- Lee Morrison vs. Moysar Evoloev
- FW title: Ivan Buchinger vs. Magomed Idrisov
- MW title: Ramazan Emeev vs. Anatoly Tokov