M-1 Global and Showtime Announce “M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa”

Written by Tom Ngo
February 23rd, 2011

M1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein

As part of their new Fedor Emelianenko-powered agreement with Showtime, M-1 Global and the premium cable network announced today “M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa” will air on March 25th at 11PM ET/PT.

“I am extremely happy about the venture between M-1 Global and Showtime. There is no better TV network for M-1 than Showtime. And no better market to seriously compete in than the U.S.,” said M-1 co-owner Vadim Finkelchtein.

The Russian will break in their new partnership with a pair of spectacular title fights.

Artiom Damkovsky will defend his M-1 Challenge Lightweight title against Jose Figueroa, while Tyson Jeffries and Magomed Sultanakhmedov will battle for the vacant M-1 Challenge Middleweight crown.

In other action, Alexander Sarnavskiy will take on Josh Bacallao in a lightweight scrap and former “The Ultimate Fighter 8” finalist Vinny Magalhaes will face a yet-to-be named light heavyweight.

Mauro Ranallo and Pat Miletich will provide commentary.

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