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
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
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.
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
Quach won for the fourth time in five appearances, as he
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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