M-1 Challenge XXIII Leaves the Judges with an Easy Night Off; No Bout Goes the Distance

Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, M-1 Global, laid out the blueprint for a phenomenal night of fights at M-1 Challenge XXIII that delivers on and tops all expectations. With 11 fights on the card, not one battle goes past the second round in an awesome athletic display of submissions and TKO’s. Fans around the world watched as Shamil Zavurov and Guram Gugenishvili successfully defended their welterweight and heavyweight belts.

“Saturday night’s event has set an incredibly high bar for what fans can expect to come for the remainder of 2011 from overseas and in the USA,” says Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s Director of Operations. “M-1 Global is Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion for a reason and M-1 Challenge XXIII was proof. Fans are quick to react to what went down in Moscow and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. We can’t wait for March 25th and our return to the United States.”

M-1 Challenge XXIII Under Card:
Nikolai Kaushansky def. Vusal Bayramov – RNC 1:31 of Round 1
Magomed Ismailov def. Maxim Bulakhtin – RNC :48 of Round 2

M-1 Challenge XXIII Main Card (Streaming Live):
Tomasz Narkun def. Shamil Tinagadjiev – Triangle Choke 3:32 of Round 1
Igor Savelyev def. Byron Byrd – Head & Arm Choke 2:16 of Round 2
Arsen Abdulkerimov def. Goncalo Salgado – Arm Bar 2:42 of Round 1
Daniel Weichel def. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev – Triangle 3:26 of Round 1
Magomed Sultanakhmedov def. Plinio Cruz – TKO (referee stoppage) 1:13 of Round 2 (Fight of the Night)
Mairbek Taisumov def. Yuri Ivlev- TKO (referee stoppage) 1:38 of Round 2
Rashid Magomedov def. Rafal Moks – TKO (referee stoppage) 2:05 of Round 1

Championship Bouts:

Heavyweight Division:
Guram Gugenishvili def. Maxim Grishin – RNC 3:38 of Round 1 (Submission of the Night)

Welterweight Division:
Shamil Zavurov def. Tom Gallicchio – TKO (referee stoppage) 1:11 of Round 2 (Knockout of the Night)

M-1 Global makes its return to US soil on Friday, March 25th for M-1 Challenge XXIV: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa from the Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Current lightweight champ, Artiom Damkovsky gears up for his first title defense against 2010 M-1 Selection Americas winner, Jose Figueroa and Tyson ‘The Anti-Hero’ Jeffries faces Magomed Sultanakhmedov in a title fight for the currently vacant middleweight championship.

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