It appears M-1 Global
will return to Showtime in 2012.
Showtime Sports officials recently added M-1 Challenge to its 2012
television schedule. The event, expected to become
M-1 Challenge 31, is slated for March 16 and will air at 11
p.m. ET, delayed on the west coast.
The Russian promotion held four United States-based events on
Showtime in 2011, and it seems that trend will continue into this
year. However, it is unknown at this time exactly how many events
the promotion will broadcast, and the location of the upcoming show
has not yet been revealed.
M-1 averaged roughly 171,000 viewers for its four
Showtime-broadcast events in 2011. Most recently, the promotion
M-1 Challenge 30 on Dec. 9 at The Hanger in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Enomoto captured the organization’s welterweight title in
dramatic fashion at the event, submitting reigning champion
Zavurov with only 50 seconds remaining in the five-round