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Make sure to check out the live, free fights from Russia today at noon.  Some excellent matchups on the card.

In an evening which includes a trilogy of title fights, M-1 Challenge XXII is garnering worldwide attention from fans and media alike. Facing off to determine the M-1 Challenge middleweight champion is Rafal ‘Kulturysta’ Moks (5-2) and Magomed ‘The White Wolf’ Sultanakhmedov (28-4) and the action from Moscow, Russia begins at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST on Friday December 10th; catch all the action LIVE for free at www.M-1Global.com.

(Vinny Magalhaes)

New York City, New York (December 9, 2010) – With all fighters making weight, M-1 Challenge XXII marks history for M-1 Global as a trilogy of title fights and all-star cast of undercard warriors close out 2010. Starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST on Friday December 10th fans can tune in to the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com to capture the action from the Druzhba Arena in Moscow, Russia live.

“All the fighters showed up prepared to step on the scale today,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “M-1 Global has done everything possible to make this event our best to date which includes three title fights, a stacked undercard and a live stream to capture our worldwide fan base. What we accomplished this year is only a glimpse of what is in store for 2011.”

New Jersey native and Team Bombsquad fighter, Pat Bennett, brings an established 6-2 combined amateur and professional mixed martial arts record heavily weighted with five first-round TKO’s. Although known for his proud wrestling pedigree, Bennett has thus proven he is a multidimensional mixed martial artist able to transition his skills to whatever is set in front of him. He’ll need his full arsenal come December 10th when he faces Alexander Volkov at M-1 Challenge XXII.

As a key member of the Team Bombsquad contingent, Bennett’s manager, Ryan Ciotoli, has nothing but praise for the heavyweight’s performances to date. “Pat’s a three time All-American wrestler, so he possesses a great base and he’s an electrifying striker; hence the reason for his five first-round wins. I definitely consider Bennett to be a prospect in the heavyweight division and the M-1 Selection Americas tournament has been a phenomenal opportunity.”

Beware the Flying Armbar!

Former UFC fighter and TUF contestant Vinny Magalhaes is headed to Russia to fight for M-1 Global.  Vinnie (4-5), a Brazilian submission specialist, will take on Alihan Magomedov (12-1) in a Light Heavyweight contest on the undercard of Gallicchio vs. Zavurov.

Complete details after the jump.

Kenny "Deuce" Garner tore through the M-1 Americas Selection tournament to take first place in the heavyweight division at Bally's in Atlantic City last month.  But he ran into some trouble against his opponent at the M-1 Global Challenge in St. Petersburg, Russia last week.  Garner was submitted by Guram Gugenishvili in the second round.  I'm not familiar with Gugen, but beating Deuce Garner is quite a feat so I imagine we'll be seeing lots of this undefeated prospect in the future.  Here are the complete results of the show.

M-1 Global's Challenge XXI from St. Petersburg, Russia is scheduled for today at 1130AM NY time.  You can watch it live and free here: M-1 Global Challenge XXI.

Topping the card is exciting and charismatic fighter Kenny "Deuce" Garner who won the HW title at the M-1 Selection Americas tournament in Atlantic City this year.  Kenny is now in Russia ready to take on undefeated fighter Guram Gugenishvili.   The rest of the card is equally stacked.  Check it out after the jump.

At the M-1 Global Selection Americas finals last week, I took the opportunity to interview Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global's Director of Operations.  We talked about Jerry Millen's departure from the organization, as well as all the speculation about Fedor's next opponent.  Evgeni had posted "Shit just got real" on Twitter recently and I asked him to explain that cryptic tweet. Check out the video after the jump.

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While attending the M-1 fights this past Saturday night, I had the distinct pleasure of running into and interviewing American Top Team standout, Ben "Killa B" Saunders.  Saunders, undoubtedly, has one of MMA's most colorful personalties and it is evident in this video.  During the interview we discussed what the former UFC welterweight has been up to these days, where he may turn up next, and he also delivers a personal message to you, the fans.

Video was filmed and produced by KahL-One.  A special thanks to KahL for his always outstanding work!

Check out the interview after the jump and enjoy!

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Bally’s Hotel and Casino was, indeed, the place to be last night for the M-1 Global Selection: Americas – Finals.  All nine fights were fantastic from start to finish.  Speaking of “finishes”, there were some great ones on this card.  Only three of the bouts went to a decision and they were all exciting fights.  The other six winners refused to leave their fights in the hands of the judges.  These warriors left it all in the ring last night and I was ecstatic to have been a part of that.  The heart and determination shown by these athletes had to be seen to believe it. 

A great example of the fortitude that was displayed last night was Shane Primm breaking his hand and continuing to fight on in a losing effort.  Or how about Tyson Jeffries’ courageous performance as he was on the brink of defeat and orchestrated a monster comeback to secure a submission victory and the 185 lbs Americas trophy.   The crowd was also into these fights as they spent a lot of their time on their feet cheering and screaming.  That is the stuff that makes for an unbelievable experience. 

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