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M-1 Challenge 85, RCC 1 Results and Clips: Ismagulov and Shtyrkov Earn Decision Wins

M-1 Challenge returned on Friday with their 85th event from Moscow, Russia. In the main event of the evening, Lightweight Champion Damir Ismagulov faced Brazilian Rogerio Matias in a non-title bout. Further down the card former WSOF Bantamweight title challenger, Josh Rettinghouse looked to improve to 4-0 in the Russian-based promotion against Aleksandr Lunga.

Damir Ismagulov (13-2) def. (UD) Rogerio Matias (13-2)

The first round was largely spent in the clinch with both fighters looking for takedowns, it was Ismagulov who succeeded and gained top control in the closing minutes of the round. In the second round, Ismagulov secured an early takedown and proceeded to dominate Matias on the ground. Late in the second round, Ismagulov achieved back mount and unleashed vicious ground and pound, however, Matias was saved by the bell. The third round also played out with Ismagulov in top position but he was unable to recreate the success he had in the previous round and had to settle for the unanimous decision.

On Saturday, RCC held their first full MMA event in Ekaterinburg, Russia which was headlined by local star Ivan Shtyrkov who faced the inaugural Bellator Light-Heavyweight Champion, Christian M’Pumbu. This was Shtyrkov’s first fight since moving down from heavyweight.

Ivan Shtyrkov (12-0) def. (UD) Christian M’Pumbu (21-8)

The fight largely played out on the feet with Shtrykov being the aggressor. Shtrykov through a variety of spinning attacks but was never really able to hurt his opponent. M’Pumbu turned up the aggression in the second round and dropped Shtrykov with an uppercut, however, he was unable to capitalize and reverted back to fighting off his back foot. Shtyrkov continued to press forward in the third round, eventually getting a takedown which secured him a unanimous decision win.

Full Results:

Damir Ismagulov (13-2) def. (UD) Rogerio Matias (13-2)

Nate Landwehr (9-2) def. (SD) Viktor Kolesnik (12-2)

Abubakar Mestoev (5-0) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Alexey Makhno (18-5)


Arman Ashimov (6-2) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Rodrigo Melonio (16-3)

Russian Rakhmonkulov (10-1) def. (SD) Maxim Divnich (13-3)

Andrey Lezhnev (16-7) def. (SD) Ilfat Amirov (11-2)


Vazha Tsuptauri (2-1) def. (Submission via guillotine choke in RD 3) Federico Gutzwiller (3-2)

Maksim Yakobuyk (0-0) def. (Submission via arm-triangle choke in RD2) Viktor Trushov (2-0)

Sergey Klyuev (4-0) def. (Submission via armbar in RD1) Oscar Suarez (0-0)


Vitali Slipenko (8-2) def. (Submission via rear-naked choke in RD2) Kristijan Perak (9-3)

Josh Rettinghouse (15-4) def. (SD) Aleksandr Lunga (22-10)

Giga Kukhalashvili (10-3) def. (T/KO via punches in RD1) Sebastien Heil (6-1)

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