Spanish Catalan professional mixed martial artist, Abner Lloveras, calls Barcelona his home and has ventured around the world leaving a trail of devastated opponents in his wake. As a Shooto and M-1 Global veteran, Lloveras has garnered an 11-4-1 record and currently sits on an impressive six-fight win streak on route to earning the 2010 M-1 Selection Welterweight Western European championship.

Dedicated to evolving his game as he continues to climb into the echelon of elite welterweights, Abner recently received his BJJ Purple Belt under Team Haubert’s Rafael Haubert, adding more slick submission abilities to an already potent ground arsenal. With a steadfast stand-up defense and text-book clinch, Lloveras has proven to be an effective fighter from any position within the ring.

To kick off his run through the Selections tournament, Lloveras used a well placed knee to knockout a very tough Sunnat Ilyasov in the second round of the fight moving him forward in the brackets. In the semi-finals, Lloveras showed a well rounded game and finished Miljan Jaksic at the 4:20 mark of the opening round of their fight by rear-naked choke; the Finals’ knock-out win over Berrie Bunthof secured his champion status and earned him a title shot against Shamil Zavurov at M-1 Challenge XXII in December. Lloveras has proven to be a tough fighter who is not easy to finish.

When Abner Lloveras and Shamil Zavurov meet to determine the first-ever M-1 Challenge welterweight champion, American Selection tournament victor, Tom ‘Da Tank’ Gallicchio, will be waiting in the weeds for his opportunity to squash any hopes of a title defence. M-1 Global’s welterweight division is proving to be an extremely deep pool of talented athletes to draw from.

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