In scouring the world for mixed martial arts’ next top talents, M-1 Global has found a hidden gem in Dagastan, Russia; his name is Shamil Zavurov and he sports an impressive 17-1 record as one of Europe’s top welterweight prospects.
At 26 years of age, Zavurov fights out of the Rusfighters camp and brings a wealth of experience to the ring, which rightfully earned him the close attention he garnered as this year’s M-1 Selection European tournament welterweight favourite.
The road to capturing the 2010 M-1 Selection Eastern European tournament crown came with three consecutive victories; Radik Oboyan in the opening bracket, Ramazan Abdulzhaliov in a hard-fought semi-finals decision and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev, where a text-book rear-naked-choke submission in the European Finals in Moscow this past July 22 secured him the win. Since closing out the Selections tournament, Zavurov has gone on a tear winning four bouts in the European mixed martial arts circuit through the month of October; the crafty Russian’s only defeat came over a year ago as he lost a close split-decision to Rashid Magomedov.
Zavurov is a 3-time world champion in Combat Sambo, 2-time champion of the CIS in hand-to-hand combat, winner of international tournaments in wrestling and Wushu Sanda and champion of Dagestan in Wushu Sanda. He has more than 50 victories in combat Sambo, fifty victories as an amateur / semi-professional MMA fighter and a professional MMA record of 15 wins and just one defeat; clearly Zavurov is one to watch and has flown under the radar of North American fans since 2004 as he has won almost every competition available and in sound, devastating fashion.
Fans will next see Zavurov face the Americas Selections tournament winner, Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, in the main-event bout at M-1 Challenge XXII, December 10th in Moscow, Russia as the pair will vie for the first-ever M-1 Challenge Welterweight championship belt. Both fighters bring a relentless fighting style into the ring which has fans expecting this tilt to deliver on producing the card’s ‘fight of the night’.
M-1 Global’s welterweight division is proving to be an extremely deep pool of talented athletes to draw from .