Yasubey Enomoto to face Shamil Zavurov
Apr 21, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
Enomoto’s Credibility Lands Immediate Title Shot
Newly Inked Prospect Steps In for Injured Magomedov
At 27 years old, Swiss mixed martial artist Yasubey Enomoto (6-2) stands as one of the most technically sound welterweight prospects in the world today and 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. As the most recent signing to Europe’s leading MMA promotion, M-1 Global, the horizon for this fighter stands to get a whole lot brighter. Enomoto’s legitimacy as a top-contender has earned him an immediate title shot in his M-1 debut where he’ll face current 170-pound champion Shamil Zavurov at M-1 Challenge XXV on April 28th; fans can capture the title tilt’s action LIVE online on the official M-1 Global website, www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global facebook fan page starting at 11am EST / 8am PST
Born in Zürich, Switzerland to a Japanese-Peruvian father and Swiss mother, 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.
Today, Enomoto and his family run the Enomoto Dojo in Zürich where he continues to improve and evolve as a stand-out fighter. 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.
Enomoto made his debut as a professional fighter at the S-1: European Championship Fight Night kickboxing event in February 2006 winning via unanimous decision over Vlajko Perovic. He then returned to the ring as a mixed martial artist two years later with an armbar submission over Irish fighter Danny Doherty. Next came his opportunity to fight for the Cage Fighters Championships’ Welterweight title in England against BJJ black belt, Henrique Santana, and won via unanimous decision. Three months later, he recorded the first loss of his career Tyler Stinson handed issued a violent TKO at Art of Fighting 3: Rumble at Robarts 3 in Florida, US.
With a respectable record of 3-1, Enomoto made his promotional debut with Sengoku in June 2010; leaving his first loss behind him, Enomoto earned a commanding first round TKO victory over veteran Sanae Kikuta, who holds notable wins against Elvis Sinosic, Egan Inoue, Masanori Suda, and Eugene Jackson. Enomoto’s follow up performance was the entrance into the 2010 Welterweight Grand Prix and won his opening round fight at Sengoku 14, defeating Kenta Takagi via bulldog choke submission early in round two. In the semi-finals, he was drawn against Taisuke Okuno; after three dominating rounds with Enomoto showcasing superior boxing skills, the judges gave him the unanimous nod and cementing his spot in the finals against Keita Nakamura. At Sengoku: Soul of Fight on December 30, 2010, Enomoto lost in the second round due to a rear naked choke submission, ending his run at the tournament as runner-up.
Coming into the bout with Zavurov as a late replacement for the injured Rashid Magomedov, Enomoto has nothing to lose – happy to be part of the M-1 Global team with a secure future, this Swiss phenom adds a completely different element of action to the title tilt and his legitimacy as a top-tier fighter puts this fight at near-even odds.
Free LIVE broadcast coverage of M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov 2 from St. Petersburg, Russia will be available to viewers worldwide on the official M-1 Global website (www.M-1Global.com) and select affiliate partner sites starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST on Thursday April 28th.
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