is no longer Showtime’s only partner in the MMA business.
Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the situation that
Global has joined with the premium cable network to broadcast
four events in 2011, beginning with
M-1 Challenge 24 on March 25. Subsequent events will likely air
in July, October and December.
M-1 Challenge 24 -- the promotion’s first event of the year held in
the United States -- will take place at the Ted Constant
Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in
The show will be headlined by a lightweight title tilt, as
newly-crowned champion Artiom
Damkovsky will defend his belt for the first time against 2010
M-1 Selection Americas tournament winner Jose
Figueroa. Three weeks prior to that event, M-1 Challenge will
kick off its fourth season with
M-1 Challenge 23 “Guram vs. Grishin” on March 5 at Crocus City
Hall in Moscow.
Damkovsky rides a five-fight winning streak into his first title
defense. The Belarusian made his way through the 2010 M-1 Selection
Eastern Europe lightweight bracket en route to capturing the
tournament crown in July. The 26-year-old followed those three
victories with the biggest win of his career, besting Mairbek
Taisumov to capture the promotion’s world lightweight
A product of
American Top Team Orlando, Figueroa recently snapped a
three-fight skid with consecutive victories in the 2010 M-1
Selection Americas tournament. Prior to winning the tourney,
Figueroa was defeated in his one and only Bellator
Fighting Championships appearance by Luis
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