Late Enomoto Guillotine Ends Zavurov’s M-1 Global Reign


Yasubey Enomoto has a flair for the dramatic.

Enomoto (Pictured) captured the M-1 Global welterweight crown, as he submitted Shamil Zavurov with a guillotine choke in the final minute of the final round of their M-1 Challenge 30 main event on Friday at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, Calif. Enomoto (9-3) locked in the choke and forced the tapout 4:10 into round five, halting Zavurov’s 13-fight winning streak.

Zavurov was effective when he had Enomoto on his back, as he did in the second, third and fourth rounds. However, superb takedown defense and superior striking -- the jab was a difference maker -- kept Enomoto in the fight into the fifth round, where the heavy workload took a visible toll on Zavurov (18-2). The Russian brute faded down the stretch and grew more and more desperate with each passing second. He tried repeatedly to secure takedowns on Enomoto, only to be met with one textbook sprawl after another.

Enomoto capitalized on Zavurov’s final attempted takedown, as he buried the champion in a sprawl, snatched the choke and drew the tapout. The victory served as sweet revenge for Enomoto, who lost a unanimous decision to Zavurov at M-1 Challenge 25 in April.

“It was a hard fight,” Enomoto said, speaking through a samurai mask. “It was really a test for my conditioning. I think I did a good job.”

Undefeated Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy barely broke a sweat in keeping his perfect record intact, as the 22-year-old coaxed a tapout from Sergio Cortez with a first-round rear-naked choke in a 160-pound catchweight affair. It was over 1:46 after it began.

Cortez (7-7), who replaced an injured Francisco Drinaldo on two days’ notice, was no match for his highly touted opponent. He put the fight on the mat after eating a head kick and briefly worked from top position, but his good fortune was short-lived. Sarnavskiy (17-0) swept into mount with a kimura, transitioned to Cortez’s back, softened him with punches and cinched the choke.

Former M-1 Global lightweight champion Artiom Damkovsky avenged his March defeat to Jose Figueroa in spectacular fashion, as he wiped out the American Top Team Orlando representative with a lightning bolt of a right hand in their 155-pound rematch. Glassy eyed and flat on his back, Figueroa saw his outing came to a close 2:19 into round one.

Figueroa (10-6), who defeated Damkovsky by second-round technical knockout at M-1 Challenge 24 nine months ago, used his length to his advantage in the opening moments, as he attacked his Belarusian counterpart with kicks to the body and straight rights to the head. However, Damkovsky (10-6) beat him to the punch when it mattered most, flattened him with a quick but powerful right hand to the temple and made sure of the finish with a follow-up punch on the grounded and defenseless Bellator Fighting Championships veteran.

Tyson Jeffries put a definitive end to his two-fight losing streak at 185 pounds, submitting Eddie Arizmendi with a second-round brabo choke. Arizmendi asked out of the match 2:08 into round two.

Jeffries (8-6) struck with a trip takedown inside the first 20 seconds, widened his base and scored with some mild ground-and-pound from the top. However, Arizmendi (15-6) was no slouch off his back, as he punched effectively, avoided damage and earned a restart from the referee. Later, he connected on a front kick to the face and an uppercut, building some welcomed momentum as the fight spilled into the second round.

Arizmendi caught an oncoming Jeffries with a short counter right hook early in round two but tried for an ill-advised guillotine and wound up on his back, with his foe in side control. Jeffries moved to the north-south position, deftly locked up the brabo choke, trapped Arizmendi’s legs to prevent escape and waited for the submission.

Bellator, Strikeforce and EliteXC veteran Bao Quach won for the fourth time in five appearances, as he submitted Alvin Cacdac with a first-round triangle armbar in a featured featherweight matchup. The tapout came 3:33 into round one.

Quach (19-10-1) used a knockdown to his advantage, as a straight right hand put him on the seat of his shorts midway through the first round. Cacdac (10-9) swarmed, only to wind up beneath his cagy foe. From there, Quach went to work, threatening with a north-south choke before mounting him with a little more than two minutes left on the clock. He went for an armbar, transitioned to a triangle choke and put away Cacdac with the triangle armbar.

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