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).

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.

For additional information, go to the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global facebook fan page.

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