Buchinger to Defend Featherweight Title Against Idrisov at M-1 Challenge 73

By Mike Sloan Nov 2, 2016
M-1 Global announced on Wednesday that Ivan Buchinger will put his featherweight title on the line when he faces Magomed Idrisov in one of the featured bouts of M-1 Challenge 73 “Battle of Narts.”

Buchinger is enjoying a 10-fight winning streak dating back nearly four years. The last time “Buki” tasted defeat was in 2012 when Conor McGregor knocked him out in the opening frame of a bout at Cage Warriors 51. Since then, the Slovakian has been on a tear, capturing the M-1 145-pound title by knocking out Tural Ragimov in the fourth and then defending it twice.

While Idrisov doesn’t have as much experience as the champ, the Russian hasn’t lost in the pros and has looked terrific since joining M-1. He last fought Sergej Grecicho at M-1 Challenge 61 last September and won via dominant decision and is eager to get back into the ring. He was supposed to fight Buchinger for the title in June but the bout was postponed.

M-1 Challenge 73 will be headlined by Ramazan Emeev defending his middleweight title against Anatoly Tokov. The action will down on Dec. 9 in Ingushetia, Russia and will be streamed live on M1Global.tv.

More bouts will be announced for M-1 Challenge 73 in the coming weeks.

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