The ‘Deuce’ is Loose – Kenny Garner Returns to Russia for M-1 Challenge XXIII

New York, NY (January 17, 2011) – Jumping at the opportunity to make a return appearance to Russia in search of redemption, American Top Team fighter and self-promoting fan-favorite Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner hits the Crocus City Arena in Moscow to face Alexander Volkov on Saturday, March 5th; fans worldwide will be able to catch the action LIVE online for free on the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com, starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST.

“Kenny was asking for a shot to come back to Russia even before he left St. Petersburg after his loss to Guram in October,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “Kenny brings relentless ‘heart’ in to all his fights and losing the title fight in the fashion he did left him upset and hungry to get back on track. Not only does the fight against Volkov make sense based on both fighters’ contention position, it makes a great fight stylistically.”

With both Garner and Volkov coming off losses, the winner of the heavyweight contention bout steps closer in the right direction for a potential title shot down the road while the fighter on the wrong end of the raised arm will need to shake off the losing skid in a hurry if there is to be any chance of getting back in the hunt anytime in 2011.

Under Card Bouts:

Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (5-3) vs. Alexander Volkov (9-2-1) Heavyweight

  • Additional bouts to be announced

Championship Bout

Heavyweight Division:

Guram Gugenishvili, M-1 Challenge Champion (10-0) clashes with Maxim Grishin, M-1 Selection Eastern Europe 2010 champion (7-4)

  • Additional bouts to be announced shortly

Free broadcast coverage of the entire M-1 Challenge XXIII event will be available live to viewers worldwide on www.M-1Global.com [and on ProMMAnow.com].

With M-1 Challenge champions established in all five weight classes, a true contenders system will fuel events throughout 2011, driving  M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.

2011’s full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe are primed to be mega-event spectaculars where Champions defend their titles and contenders jockey for position for a coveted shot at the gold. Feeding the contention system will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

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