M-1 Challenge XXI adds Samoilov vs. Omarov to a night of crowning champions

New York City, New York (September 7, 2010) – On October 28 at the glamorous Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, M-1 Challenge XXI will not only crown M-1 Global’s first-ever champions, it will also feature a thrilling undercard of bouts featuring rising stars and returnees to fuel the contender’s ladders; Dmitry Samoilov vs. Gadzhimurad Omarov will square off in an epic light heavyweight clash

“M-1 Global is crowning its first world champions,” says Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan.  “Championship belts will be awarded in the lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight divisions. The undercard marks our push in developing title contention bouts and the ranking system to be used for our Challenge events worldwide.”

Matchups include:

Dmitry Samoilov (8-5-1) vs. Gadzhimurad Omarov (5-0)  Light Heavyweight

  • Additional undercard bouts to be announced

Lightweight Title Fight:

Artiom Damkovsky, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (10-4) clashes with

Mairbek Taisumov, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champion (12-2)

Middleweight Title Fight:

Magomed Sultanakhmedov, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (28-4) meets

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

Heavyweight Title Fight:

Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe champion (7-4) battles the undefeated

Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Selection Western Europe champion (8-0).

The Welterweight and Light Heavyweight championship bouts are being scheduled for December in the United States, establishing M-1 Challenge champions in all five weight classes.  Once executed, a true contenders system will be established to 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 will be crowned, titles defended and contenders’ positions on the ladder will be determined. Feeding the stable of fighters will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Challenge event schedule will be available at a later date to viewers worldwide on www.M-1global.com and selected affiliate partner sites.

Go to www.M-1Global.com for additional information.