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Enomoto, Ivlev and Club Aris Emerge Victorious

Enomoto, Ivlev and Club Aris Emerge Victorious

at M-1 Ukraine European Battle

New York, NY (June 6, 2011) Saturday June 4th 2011 M-1 Ukraine European Battle took place from the National Circus Arena in Kiev, Ukraine. Top M-1 Challenge contenders and prospects competed with the intent to impress the attending M-1 Executives in hopes of earning a contract with Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion (MMA).

In the night’s main event, Yasubey Enomoto was able to show stellar defense and ample offense from his back in defeating former M-1 Challenge Middleweight Champion, Rafal Moks. Over the course of three rounds, Moks was able to seemingly take the Sengoku veteran down at will, but it was on the canvas where Enomoto was able to employ his rubber-guard and control the action. Enomoto was able to mount offense from his back while stopping Moks easily. For his effort, Enomoto was awarded the majority decision win from the judges.

M-1 veteran Yuri Ivlev looked strong, earning a unanimous decision victory over former M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion, Artiom Damkovsky. Ivlev was able to control position with key takedowns and solid offense throughout the contest and also appeared much stronger than his opponent. The former champion Damkovsky looked good in spots and was able to land some kicks that slowed Ivlev but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory. With the win Ivlev snaps the first two fight skid of his career and puts himself squarely back into the pool of potential title contenders at 155.

Also, on the nights card was a highly anticipated match up in M-1 Ukraine’s International Club Grand Prix as Club Aris battled Club Belarus BK. At the end of the 5 matches it was the host club Aris who reigned supreme with a 4:1 victory over their rivals.

Full Results:

Farkhad Fatalla def. Ilya Tiunov Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd1,1:48

Alexander Kozyr def. Semen Tyrlya Submission (Armbar) Rd1, 1:57

Vadim Khaitulov def. Viktor Talashov TKO (Punch) Rd1, 1:42

Andrei Dryapko def. Ruslan Khaskhanov TKO (Shoulder Injury) Rd1, 1:57

Saparbek Safarov def. Igor Litoshik TKO (Punches) Rd1, 3:00

Igor Zadernovsky def. Stepan Kostyuchenko Submission (Armbar) Rd1, 2:01

Sergey Adamchuk def. Sergey Sinkevich KO (Punch) Rd2, 2:47

Vladimir Opanasenko def. Syanan Yusibov Submission (Armbar) Rd1, 0:41

Vasily Novikov def. Alexander Nimerenko Submission (Armbar) Rd2, 3:10

Alexander Dolotenko def. Filip Anasovich Submission (Armbar) Rd1, 1:15

Antun Racic def. Vugar Bahshiev Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd3, 3:54

Husein Haliev def Alexander Agafonov Decision (Unanimous) Rd3, 5:00

Yuri Ivlev def. Artiom Damkovsky Decision (Unanimous) Rd3, 5:00

Yasubey Enomoto def. Rafal Moks Decision (Majority) Rd3, 5:00

The 2011 European M-1 Selection tournament second quarterfinal round will be held July 16th, 2011 as part of the Battle on the Neva River 5 card; the event will hail seaside in St. Petersburg, Russia.

M-1 Global is now in full-swing preparation for its fourth mega-event of 2011 scheduled for Friday July 8th from inside the United States. M-1 Challenge XXVI is headlined with undefeated, #1 Ranked heavyweight prospect Guram Gugenishvili (11-0) putting his belt on the line for the second time against decorated American wrestler, Pat Bennett (4-2). In co-main event action, newly crowned Lightweight Champion, Jose Figueroa (10-4) makes his first title defense against feared German submission specialist, Daniel Weichel (26-7).

‘Guram is Coming’ video teaser:

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 held throughout Europe and North America in 2011.

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