New York City, New York (October 18, 2010) –Light heavyweight contender, Mikhail Zayats has been added to M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner Thursday October 28th at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event’s stacked undercard and three championship bouts will stream live to the North American audience at 11:30AM EST / 8:30am PST at

“Zayats needs to seize the opportunity that has been presented to him and return to his winning ways,” says M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan.  “M-1 Challenge XXI is drawing considerable attention and we’re expecting Zayats to deliver a great performance.”

Matchups include:

  • Mikhail Zayats (11-5)               vs. TBD
  • Magomed Shikshabekov (12-0) vs. Che Mills (11-4) Welterweight Super Bout
  • Yuri Ivlev (14-5)                       vs. Eric Reynolds (13-4) Lightweight
  • Alexei Nazarov (9-3)                vs. Alexei Belyaev (10-4) Middleweight
  • Alexander Sarnavsky (10-0)     vs. Victor Kuku (7-5-1) Lightweight
  • Rashid Magomedov (6-2)         vs. Igor Araujo (18-5) Welterweight
  • Dmitry Samoilov (8-5-1)           vs. Gadzhimurad Omarov (5-0) Light Heavyweight
  • Vusal Bairamov (0-1)               vs. Joakhim Apie (0-0) Lightweight
  • Additional undercard bouts to be announced

Lightweight Title Fight:

  • Artiom Damkovsky, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (10-4) vs. 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) vs. Rafał Moks, M-1 Selection Western Europe 2010 champ (5-2)

Heavyweight Title Fight:

  • Kenny Garner, M-1 Selection Americas champion (5-2) vs. Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Selection Western Europe champion (9-0)

Free broadcast coverage of the entire M-1 Challenge XXII will be available LIVE to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites starting at 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST

The Welterweight and Light Heavyweight championship bouts will be awarded at M-1 Challenge XXII, December 11th in Atlantic City, New Jersey, establishing M-1 Challenge champions in all five weight classes.  The contention system will continue 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.

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