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.

St. Petersburg, Russia (October 28, 2010) – Gauged as M-1 Global’s most successful event to date in 2010, M-1 Challenge XXI: Guram vs. Garner has crowned the first-ever Challenge champions in the Lightweight and Heavyweight divisions in front of a phenomenal crowd and to viewers worldwide via live, free streaming telecast on the official website:

“Tonight’s card lived up to the expectations placed upon us by the media and fans,” says Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “There were significant upsets alongside Sarnavsky’s incredible spinning back-fist KO and Guram’s suffocating guillotine choke. All things are now focussed towards December 10th in Moscow for M-1 Challenge XXII.”

Official Results:

Che Mills def. Magomed Shikshabekov – Unanimous Decision.

Mikhail Zayats def. Matias Baric – Rear Naked Choke. 3:12 of Round 3.

Daniel Weichel def. Yuri Ivlev – Doctor Stoppage. 2:24 of Round 3.

Alexei Belyaev def. Alexei Nazarov – Head & Arm Choke. :41 of Round 2.

Alexander Sarnavsky def. Victor Kuku – Knock Out. :14 of Round 1.

Rashid Magomedov def. Igor Araujo – Unanimous Decision.

Dmitry Samoilov def. Gadzhimurad Omarov – Doctor Stoppage. :28 round 3.

Vusal Bairamov def. Joakhim Apie – TKO. 2:13 of Round 1.

Denis Goltsov def. Marat Aliaskhabov – Submission (Armbar). 4:56 of Round 1.

Lightweight Title Fight:

Artiom Damkovsky def. Mairbek Taisumov – Doctor Stoppage. 2:52 of Round 3.

Heavyweight Title Fight:

Guram Gugenishvili def. Kenny Garner – Submission (Guillotine Choke). :54 of round 2

The Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight championship bouts will be awarded at M-1 Challenge XXII: Gallicchio vs. Zavurov scheduled for December 10th in Moscow, Russia, establishing M-1 Challenge champions in all five weight classes.  The contention system will continue to fuel events throughout 2011, driving M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.  Free broadcast coverage of M-1 Challenge XXII will be available at a later date or LIVE to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites.

2011 includes a full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe. These are the mega-event spectaculars where Champions will be crowned, titles defended and contenders’ positions determined. Feeding the stable of fighters will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

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