Moscow, Russia (December 10, 2010) – Closing out 2010 with a phenomenal card, M-1 Challenge XXII and its tri-fecta of title tilts delivered on the promise of being M-1 Global’s most successful event this year. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Druzhba arena and to viewers around the world tuning into the live stream or on Russian Federal TV, fighters waged incredible wars that left the judges deciding the fate of only bout.
“The fighters definitely delivered on the canvas tonight,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “All members from the Russian Ministry of Sport in attendance were highly impressed with the quality of fights and this marks a key moment in the continuous development of MMA in Europe. Immediate fan feedback has been favorable to say the least and now we drive our path towards 2011 which is set to be our most successful year yet.”
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Arsen Ubaidulaev – RNC :43 of Round 1
Yana Kunitskaya def. Cindy ‘Battlecat’ Dandois – TKO :30 of Round 1
Vinny Magalhaes def. Alihan Magomedov – Armbar 1:10 of Round 2
Luigi Fioravanti def. Arthur Guseinov – RNC :35 of the 4th (extra) round
Mikhail Zayats def. David Tkeshelashvili – RNC 2:26 of Round 1
Victor Nemkov def. Daniel Vizcaya – Triangle 1:11 of Round 1
Alexander Tokarev def. Vusal Bayramov – TKO 1:47 of Round 1
Vitaliy Minakov def. Valeri Scherbakov – Armbar 1:07 of Round 1
Pat Bennett vs. Alexander – Draw (bout ruled a draw after extra round)
Welterweight: Shamil Zavurov def. Abner Lloveras – TKO 4:27 of Round 4
Middleweight: Rafał Moks def. Magomed Sultanakhmedov – Submission (heel hook) :19 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky def. Tomasz Narkun – TKO (verbal submission) 3:23 of Round 2
With M-1 Challenge champions established in all five weight classes, a true contenders system will 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 defend their titles and contenders jockey for position. Feeding the contention system will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.