Rising Welterweight Stars Wage War at M-1 Ukraine European Battle, Winner of Enomoto vs. Moks Eyes Future Title Shot

Coming in as a late replacement to face M-1’s reigning Welterweight Champion Shamil Zavurov (20-1) at M-1 Challenge XXV, 27 year old Swiss mixed martial artist and Sengoku veteran Yasubey Enomoto (6-3) went the full 25 minutes in a tough unanimous decision loss. Although this technically sound prospect made an impact in his first outing with Europe’s leading MMA promotion sharing the cards Fight of the Night top honor, Enomoto is hungry to get back in the ring and chase down another shot at the champ.

Former M-1 middleweight champion, Rafal ‘Kulturysta’ Moks (6-3) made the tough decision to relinquish his title in order to compete in the 170-pound division and square off against opponents better suited to his compact frame; he won the belt in what was considered M-1’s most exciting upset of 2010, overcoming his underdog status in epic fashion with the card’s Submission of the Night, tendon-tearing heel-hook over Magomed Sultanakhmedov at the :19 mark of the opening round..

Both men are eager to get back in the hunt for a title shot and they go head-to-head in a special attraction bout at the M-1 Ukraine European Battle, Saturday June 4th. Fans can capture the action from inside the National Circus Arena in Kiev starting at 11am EST / 8am PST via LIVE streaming telecast on the official M-1 Global website (www.M-1Global.com) and M-1 Global facebook fan page

Enomoto is a fan favorite thanks to his electrifying striking and submission skills; his boxing and Muay Thai are second to none and his BJJ makes him a force on the canvas. Enomoto began training in martial arts at age 6, taking up Shotokan Karate and then Shaolin Kung Fu at 16. As a student, he took up Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in which he currently holds a purple belt. In 2006, he became the domestic amateur kickboxing champion and the IKBO Thaiboxing World Champion in 2008. His decorated grappling career includes the titles: 1X UGC grappling European Champion, 2X international German BJJ and grappling champion, and 2X Swiss BJJ and grappling champion. He holds a Muay Thai record of 7-2, a boxing record of 1-0, and a BJJ and grappling record of 90-8.

Possessing text book Muay Thai, his striking is sharp, fast and targets with laser-guided precision; the same can be said about his boxing skills. On the mat, his BJJ is slick and fluid, allowing him to transition from submission attempts with seamless accuracy. As a versatile hybridized mixed martial artist, Enomoto has few holes in his game; at this stage, his improvement is tied to his evolution and clocking experience against top-tier competition.

Standing opposite Enomoto on Saturday night will be Polish submission specialist and Berserkers team cornerstone, Rafal Moks. With proven cardio, a chin that can withstand power punches and a thick, compact, 5’8” frame which enables him to fight off his back with confidence, his record is decorated with five hi-light reel submission victories. He holds the all keys to build a run towards Zavurov’s welterweight title.

2010 was a great year for the Polish fighter, earning the 2010 M-1 Selections Western Europe championship title with impressive performances throughout the tournament; the talented submission fighter needed just 4:19 to secure a fight-ending rear-naked choke over Serghei Popa in the quarter-finals and 4:56 to dispose of Danijel Dzebic thanks to a suffocating guillotine choke in the semis; both fights showcasing Moks ever improving ground game. With the back-to-back wins, Moks secured himself a spot in the Finals against Ahmed Bayrak; a highly anticipated, back and forth middleweight clash that went three full frames, culminating with the judges awarding Moks the unanimous decision victory.

Although Moks is known for his submission game, Enomoto’s decorated BJJ credentials negate any advantage the Polish fighter brings to the mat, putting both men on an even playing field, and should the contest stay standing, Enomoto’s speed, height and reach advantage make him the clear favourite. An already legitimate top-contender, a win over Moks will position Enomoto for a re-match against Zavurov on a high profile M-1 Challenge card later this year. The flip side of the coin is equally appealing for Moks should he pull out another miracle underdog win, moving him closer to another outing underneath the championship spotlights.

LIVE broadcast coverage of the M-1 Ukraine European Battle will be available to viewers worldwide on the official M-1 Global website (www.M-1Global.com) and M-1 Global facebook fan page starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST.

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