Nate Landwehr captured the M-1 belt

M-1 Challenge 95: Tennessee’s Nate Landwehr is the new M-1 Global featherweight champion

Ingushetia, Russia – The spectacular mountains of southwestern Russia played host to two title defenses, and one surprising upset, at M-1 Challenge 95. Colorful Tennessee featherweight Nate Landwehr played the spoiler as he knocked out local champ Khamzat Dalgiev for the featherweight belt, while stud bantamweight champ Movsar Evloev held serve in his second title defense. Read on for recaps and clips from the title fights, plus results and top highlights from the M-1 Challenge 95 undercard.


M-1 Challenge 95 Featherweight Title

Nate Landwehr (11-2, new champ, #131 World)

Knockout-Ground Strikes, Round 2

Khamzat Dalgiev (10-2, #58 World)

Khamzat Dalgiev entered his first title defense on the strength of a win over respected contender Ivan Buchinger, and his wrestling looked crisp as he planted Landwehr on the canvas several times in this short title contest. But the Russian couldn’t do much on top, with Landwehr using underhooks to patiently scramble up each time. On the feet, “The Train” simply packed too much punch for Dalgiev to handle. Landwehr even managed to slump the champ with a punch from bottom, Nico Price-style, in round 1. Power punches on the feet set up stellar finishing groundwork from Landwehr, who threatened with a choke before sealing the deal with ground strikes that put Dalgiev to sleep! Landwehr was an unknown commodity before he signed with M-1 in 2017, but “The Train” quickly made a name for himself with finishes of top contenders Mikhail Korobkov and Viktor Kolesnik. Now 30 year old Nate Landwehr has made it to the top of the Russian MMA mountain and can take the M-1 Global belt back to Clarksville, Tennessee as proof.


M-1 Challenge 95 Bantamweight Title

Movsar Evloev (10-0, #43 World)

Knockout-Right Hand+GNP, Round 5

Rafael Dias (15-6, #134 World)

Most of this five round contest graded out as an intense grappling match, and Rafael Dias proved that he came to scrap by scoring the first takedown of the fight. But once Movsar Evloev got going it was all one-way traffic for the defending champ. Evloev grounded and smashed Dias late in round 1, and it looked like he was close to the stoppage before the Brazilian was saved by the bell. The 24 year old Russian repeated the same feat late in round 2, as he cracked Dias with a sharp short left before hacking away with elbows in the final seconds of the round. A powerful bodylock takedown put the fight right back in Evloev’s world 30 seconds into round 3, resulting in another dominant round for the Russian (though Dias did briefly threaten with a guillotine from bottom). After breaking his man down with more grueling ground work in round 4, Movsar Evloev put the cherry on top of his second title defense with a crushing right hand that sealed things at the start of round 5. Stellar work from Evloev against a game opponent who refused to go down without a serious fight.


M-1 Challenge Undercard Results


155: Khamzat Aushev (12-3, #329 World)  Sub1-RNC  Jorge Rodrigues (39-11, #257 World)

145: Zalimbeg Omarov (10-2-1, #128 World) UD3 Alexei Nevzorov (12-4, #284 World)

265: Zaur Gadzhibabayev (7-2, #215 World) UD3 Yuriy Protzenko (15-8-1)

155: Magomedkamil Malikov (6-0, #552 World WW) UD3 Eduardo Correia (9-1, #38 Brazil)

265: Oleg Popov (3-1) UD3 Adam Bogatirov (6-1, #193 World)

135: Sergey Morozov (12-3, #150 World) TKO1 Zaka Fatullazade (12-5, #21 Russia)

135: Edward Massey (5-2) KO1 Mate Sanikidze (4-1)

170: Movsar Bokov (5-1) MD3 Belek Abdyzhaparov (4-1)

155: Tamerlan Ozdoev (4-0) KO1 Sado Ucar (14-6)

145: Musa Khamkoev (4-2) UD3 Aleksandr Kutafin (5-2)

185: Bekhan Mankiev (3-0) Sub1 Mikhail Akilov (0-1)


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