The main event saw Jose Figueroa defeat Artiom Damkovsky to win the M-1 Global Lightweight Title. Figueroa dominated the first round, cutting up the face of Damkovsky with a head kick and punches on the ground, before finishing him from the mount with strikes in the middle of the second round. The corner of Damkovsky was upset with the stoppage, feeling that their fighter was still moving and covering but it was a moot point as Figueroa walked out of the ring with the belt around his waist. Figueroa improved his record to 10-4 and had now won three straight fights.
The co-main event featured a clash between Magomed Sultanakhmedov and Tyson Jeffries, battling for the vacant M-1 Global Middleweight Title. Jeffries, a young prospect out of Team Quest, had a lot trouble getting Sultanakmedov to the ground and was getting battered on the feet. Sultanakmedov dominated Jeffries in the striking department, bruising the right side of the body and the left leg with devastating kicks. Sultanakmedov was finally able to put Jeffries away in the second round with a series of brutal knees to the body that caused Jeffries to collapse to the mat and the ref to stop the fight. The performance of Sultanakhmedov reminded fans of a prime Mirko “Cro Cop” with his kicks and stalking style. The victory was Sultanakhmedov 16th of his career.
In other action, Ultimate Fighter 8 Finalist Vinny Magalhaes defeated Jake Doerr in under two minutes, stopping him with strikes. It was Magalhaes fifth win in six fights since being released by the UFC. Before that though, former Army captain Jason Norwood controlled Mojo Horne en route to a comfortable unanimous decision victory. Norwood was able to takedown Horne in every round, and despite not doing much damage, Horne had no answer for ground control and wrestling of Norwood. In the nights opening contest, Alexander Sarnavskiy dominated Beau Baker on the feet before submitting him in the second round with a rear naked choke to remain undefeated. It was the 22-year-old Sarnavsky’s 13th career victory.
Fans of Showtime MMA likely noticed plenty of similarities between the M-1 Global broadcast and Strikeforce, which also runs their events on Showtime. The production was largely the same and the broadcast team featured the duo of Mauro Ranallo and Pat Militech, both of whom can regularly be heard calling the action for Strikeforce. The biggest difference though was that M-1 Global fights take place in a five-roped ring with white ropes as opposed to the cage that fans have grown accustomed to.
While the promotion of this event was very limited, the fighters gave it their all and put on a memorable show for the fans who knew to tune in. If you didn’t see the live action, the replay is worth checking out.
*Jesse Riggleman def. Jason Hilliker via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
*George Sheppard def. David Derby via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
*Johnny Curtis def. Bobby Gurley via KO Round 1 (Body Punch)
*Colton Smith def. Brian Nielson via Submission Round 1 (Rear Naked Choke)
*Bethany Marshall def. Stacy Grant via Submission Round 1 (Toe Hold)
*Bryan Lasham def. Marcus Daniels via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
*Alexander Sarnavsky def. Beau Baker via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)
*Jason Norwood def. Mojo Horne via Unanimous Decision
*Vinny Magahaes def. Jake Doerr via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
*Magomed Sultanakhmedov def. Tyson Jeffries via TKO Round 2 (Knees to the Body)
*Jose Figueroa def. Artiom Damkovsky via TKO Round 2 (Punches)
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