Guram Gugenishvili is the new M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion. Photo courtesy of

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Called “the hottest card produced in Europe this fall,” “M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner” took place Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg.

In the main event, Ukranian fighter Guram Gugenishvili (10-0) kept his undefeated record alive and became the M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion by putting American Kenny Garner (5-3) to sleep with a guillotine choke just under a minute into the second round.

In the other championship bout on the card, Russia’s Artiom Damkovsky (8-4) took home the M-1 Challenge lightweight title by stopping Chechen Republic’s Mairbek Taisumov (12-3) via third round TKO.

The promotion’s next event, M-1 Challenge XXII, will take place Dec. 10 and feature three title fights.

M-1 Challenge XXI results:

  • Vusal Bairamov def. Joakhim Apie by TKO (Knees and Punches) Rd 1 (2:29)
  • Denis Goltsov def. Marat Aliaskhabov by Submission (Straight Armbar) Rd 1 (4:56)
  • Mikhail Zayats def. Matias Baric by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 3 (3:12)
  • Daniel Weichel def. Yuri Ivlev by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Rd 3 (2:34)
  • Rashid Magomedov def. Igor Araujo by Decision (Unanimous) Rd 3 (5:00)
  • Che Mills def. Magomed Shikshabekov by Decision (Unanimous) Rd 4 (5:00)
  • Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Victor Kuku by KO (Punches) Rd 1 (0:13)
  • Artiom Damkovsky def. Mairbek Taisumov by TKO (Retirement) Rd 3 (2:52)
  • Guram Gugenishvili def. Kenny Garner by Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 2 (0:52)
  • Alexei Belyaev def. Alexei Nazarov by Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 2 (0:50)
  • Dmitry Samoilov def. Gadzhimurad Omarov by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Rd 3 (0:28)

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