Two Titles On The Line While Contenders Battle for Positioning

St. Petersburg, Russia (April 27, 2011) – With all fighters making their required weights, M-1 Challenge XXV’s full card is set to entertain fans around the world on Thursday night. The action from inside the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia can be seen LIVE online on the official M-1 Global website, and M-1 Global facebook fan page starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST. Reigning Welterweight Champion (170 Lbs) Shamil Zavurov (19-1) is intent on successfully defending his belt for the second time against the technically sound fighting style of legitimate prospect, Yasubey Enomoto (6-2) while Vinny Magalhaes (7-5) and Viktor Nemkov (10-2) square off for the vacant light heavyweight (205 Lbs) strap.

M-1 Global Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan was eager to discuss Thursday night’s card. “As Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion, we’ve been receiving continuous positive feedback about the matchups being put on. M-1 Challenge XXV is going to showcase incredible bouts featuring credible rising stars; from Zavurov versus Enomoto to Magalhaes and Nemkov, fans can expect few decisions in favor of fighters electing to control their own destinies inside the ring. This card is looking to be one of our best to date.”

Subsequent M-1 Challenge XXV notable bouts include Luigi Fioravanti (22-8), who is riding a five fight win streak, versus the iconic Andrei Semenov (29-9-2), who makes his return to mixed martial arts after a near three-year hiatus, undefeated striker Christian Eckerlin (6-0) makes his M-1 debut against the crafty Russian ‘bad boy’, Alexander Yakovlev (10-3) and undefeated Juanma Suarez (6-0) meets Combat Sambo specialist, Arsen Temirkhanov (8-1).

M-1 Challenge XXV Under Card:

Albert Akhmetov (175.0 Lbs)            vs. Ramazan Esenbaev (170.0 Lbs)  Catch-weight (175 Lbs)

M-1 Challenge XXV Main Card (Streaming Live):

Maxim Grishin (224.75 Lbs)             vs. Vladimir Kuchenko (287.0 Lbs)     Heavyweight (205+ Lbs.)

Mikhail Zayats (201.25 Lbs)              vs. Malik Merad (197.75 Lbs)            Light Heavyweight

Arsen Temirkhanov (166.75 Lbs)       vs. Juanma Suarez (168.0 Lbs)         Welterweight

Murad Magomedov (181.75 Lbs)       vs. Ramazan Emeev (183.75 Lbs)      Middleweight (185 Lbs)

Alexander Volkov (220.25 Lbs)          vs. Denis Goltsov (213.0 Lbs)           Heavyweight

Alexander Yakovlev (169.75 Lbs)      vs. Christian Eckerlin (169.0 Lbs)       Welterweight

Andrei Semenov (184.0 Lbs)             vs. Luigi Fioravanti (184.50 Lbs)         Middleweight

Welterweight Championship Bout:
Shamil Zavurov (169.75 Lbs) vs. Yasubey Enomoto (169.50 Lbs)

Light Heavyweight (205 Lbs) Championship Bout:

Vinny Magalhaes (204.0 Lbs) vs. Viktor Nemkov (204.75 Lbs)



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