M-1 Challenge: Bennett vs. Garner Packs Hostile Action Inside

The Hangar At OC Fair & Event Center In Orange County, Calif.

Costa Mesa, Calif. (July 8, 2011) – All but one bout in Friday night’s M-1 Challenge event from The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Orange County, Calif. ends via knock-out. The five-fight telecast aired LIVE on SHOWTIME®.

The main event featuring the rematch between the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Tournament heavyweight finalists Pat Bennett (4-2), of Marcellus, N.Y., and Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (6-3), of Port St. Lucie, Fla. ended in fireworks; Garner captured his second knock-out victory over Bennett, securing another shot against M-1’s current champion, undefeated Guram Gugenishvili, on a future card this year.

KENNY GARNER:

“I fought the fight wanted but it was still a little sloppy. I could have done better.”

“I was nervous for a second. When I slipped and Pat hit me in the head, I was like damn, this guy hits pretty hard. But I hit harder!”

“This is what I do! BANG BANG! Shots to the body. Shots to the head. It’s what I do. That’s why M-1 keeps bringing me back!”

“Pat made it out the first round with ‘Deuce’. He can put it on his resume.”

“I’m coming for you Guram! I want my belt/ Let’s do it!”

ARTHUR GUSEINOV:

“I saw Jeffries dropping his hands and knew I could connect.”

“I watched Jeffries’ fight against Sultanakhmedov and devised my game plan from their bout. I knew he had weaknesses I could exploit.”

“At no point was I ever worried about being taken down. He’s nothing special. All I had to do was fight.”

“I love fighting in America. I hope to come back and fight here again soon!”

Evgeni Kogan -M-1 Global Director of Operations

“All the fighters need credit for making tonight’s card special. We couldn’t be happier with the results on our second outing on SHOWTIME.”

“M-1 is doing all it can to showcase some of Europe’s top talent to the North American fan base. We hope they were pleasantly surprised with what they saw from Guseinov, Taisumov and Weichel.”

“We really want to increase our presence in the US. There’s no other market to seriously compete in.”

“A big ‘thank you’ to our friends at SHOWTIME. They’re a fantastic network with excellent leadership and people.”

Results:

Kennny Garner def Pat Bennett KO Round 2

Arthur Guseinov def Tyson Jeffries KO Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def Josh Bacallao KO Round 1

Daniel Weichel def Beau Baker Unanimous Decision

Eddie Arizmendi def Jason Norwood KO Round 2

Diman Morris def Brandon Michaels Split Decision

Max Martyniouk def Mike De Robles KO Round 1

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