M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner: ‘The Eagle’ Has Landed

New York City, New York (October 4, 2010) – In an already amazing night of fights featuring three title tilts, M-1 Global ups the anti with the evening’s top super-bout featuring undefeated Magomed ‘The Eagle’ Shikshabekov taking on a yet to be determined opponent. By the time the event closes out, M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner will have crowned the organization’s first-ever champions in the lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions and mapped out the contender’s pictures for multiple weight classes.

“The world has been waiting to see Shikshabekov to get back to action since his victory in July,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global.  “With his high level sambo skills, ‘The Eagle’ is drawing comparison to Fedor Emelianenko. Showcasing Shikshabekov at M-1 Challenge XXI adds further proof to the caliber of athletes fighting on this already stacked card.”

Matchups include:

Magomed Shikshabekov (12-0) vs. TBA Welterweight Super Bout

Alexei Nazarov (9-3)                vs. Alexei Belyaev (10-4) Welterweight

Alexander Sarnavsky (10-0) vs. Victor Kuku (7-5-1) Lightweight

Rashid Magomedov (6-2)       vs. Igor Araujo (18-5) Welterweight

Dmitry Samoilov (8-5-1)          vs. Gadzhimurad Omarov (5-0) Light Heavyweight

Vusal Bairamov (0-1)              vs. Joakhim Apie (0-0) Lightweight

·         Additional undercard bouts to be announced

Shikshabekov Highlight Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDHu7AH9hVg

Lightweight Title Fight:

Artiom Damkovsky, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (10-4) vs.

Mairbek Taisumov, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champion (12-2)

Middleweight Title Fight:

Magomed Sultanakhmedov, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (28-4) vs. Rafał Moks, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champ (5-2)

Heavyweight Title Fight:

Kenny Garner, M-1 Selection Americas champion (5-2) vs. Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Selection Western Europe champion (9-0).

The Welterweight and Light Heavyweight championship bouts will be awarded at M-1 Challenge XXII, December 11th in Atlantic City, New Jersey, establishing M-1 Challenge champions in all five weight classes.  The contention system will continue to fuel events throughout 2011, driving M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.

2011 includes a full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe. These are the mega-event spectaculars where Champions will be crowned, titles defended and contenders’ positions on the ladder will be determined. Feeding the stable of fighters will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Challenge event schedule will be available at a later date to viewers worldwide on www.M-1Global.com and selected affiliate partner sites.

Go to www.M-1Global.com for additional information.

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