Gallicchio Out, Lloveras in at M-1 Challenge XXII

New York City, New York (November 16, 2010) – The scheduled December 10th M-1 Challenge XXII Welterweight title contest took a dramatic turn this weekend as the Americas Selection tournament winner, Tom “Da Tank” Gallicchio, has been removed from the fight due to an infringement of contractual obligations, pending legal action. At 15-5, the New Jersey based fighter was scheduled to face the Eastern European Selection tournament winner (17-1).

“The immediate goal for the winners of Selection is to fight for the M-1 Challenge title,” said M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “Tom Gallicchio has not fulfilled his contractual obligations, and we will deal with the matter to the full extent of our contractual rights. I would not expect to see Tom in the ring anytime soon, at least not until this issue is dealt with.”

Stepping in for Gallicchio will be M-1 Selection Western European winner (11-4-1) who enters this title matchup riding a red hot 6 fight winning streak.

Under Card Bouts:

Vinny Magalhaes (4-5) vs. Alihan Magomedov (12-1) Light Heavyweight

Luigi Fioravanti (18-8) vs. Shahrijar Abassov (23-1) Middleweight

Mikhail Zayats (12-5) vs. David ‘Square’ Tkeshelashvili Light Heavyweight

Daniel Vizcaya (3-1) vs. Victor Nemkov (9-3) Light Heavyweight

· Additional bouts to be announced

Championship Bouts

Welterweight Division:

Abner Lloveras, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champion (11-4-1) clashes with

Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (17-1)

Middleweight Division:

Magomed ‘The White Wolf’ Sultanakhmedov, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (28-4) meets

Rafał ‘Kulturysta’ Moks, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champ (5-2)

Light Heavyweight Division:

Tomasz ‘Giraffe’ Narkun, M-1 Selection Western Europe champion (4-0) battles

Vyacheslav ‘Slava’ Vasilevsky, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe champion (9-1).

All the action goes down Friday December 10th from the Druzhba Arena in Moscow, Russia with fans worldwide tuning in LIVE online at the official M-1 website, starting 11:30am EST / 8:30 PST.

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