This month’s Declaration of Independents listed two events in China, both of which are now moved or postponed. As reported on Sherdog.com September 3rd the Chinese government will observe the 70th anniversary of “Victory of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” and the “World Anti-Fascist War”, otherwise known as World War II. The Chinese authorities prohibited major events from August 20th through the end of September including MMA. This observance has resulted in the postponement of One Championship’s scheduled Shanghai event and M-1 Challenge in Beijing.
One Championship “Dynasty of Champions” originally scheduled for September 1st is now rescheduled for September 17th presumably still in Shanghai. The event was to be headlined by Igor Svirid making his first title defense against Vitaly Bigdash with a co-main event of Roger Huerta vs. Koji Ando. At this time there have been no announced changes to the fight card. This rescheduled event will have no effect on the September 27th event in Jakarta. One Championship’s website includes the change in date but so far no new poster has been issued.
M-1 Global announced a week ago that the M-1 Challenge 61 card originally scheduled for September 19th will also be moved with the new date being the 20th and the location being the Republic of Ingushetia, Russia. In the main event light heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura will defend the belt against Ante Delija, Tybura’s first fight since a non-title bout against heavyweight champion Stephan Puetz.