Vinny Magalhaes vs. Victor Nemkov: Collision For Gold

Apr 5, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Adding a second title fight to M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Magomedov 2, Europe’s leading mixed martial arts promotion (MMA), locks down BJJ Ace Vinny Magalhaes (7-5) and submission specialist Viktor Nemkov in a battle to determine M-1 Global’s light heavyweight (205 Lbs) champion. The April 28th card’s main event pits current welterweight (170 Lbs) champion Shamil Zavurov (19-1) in his second title defense against top contender, Rashid Magomedov (8-1). Fans can capture the duo of title tilts taking place from the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, LIVE online on the official M-1 Global website, and M-1 Global facebook fan page starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST on Thursday April 28th.

“We’ve been impressed with how Magalhaes and Nemkov have been performing in their last outings. This has been a fight we’ve been looking to put together for a while and with both fighters healthy and on solid winning streaks, this matchup made sense to make happen sooner than later,” said Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global. “Both men have been vocal about wanting a title shot and now they will meet to determine our light heavyweight champ.”

M-1 Challenge XXV Under Card:

Alexander Kosarev (1-2) vs. Denis Goltsov (2-1) Heavyweight (205+ Lbs.)

M-1 Challenge XXV Main Card (Streaming Live):

Christian Eckerlin (6-0) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (10-3) Welterweight

Alihan Magomedov (12-2) vs. TBA Light Heavyweight

Murad Magomedov (6-6) vs. Dmitry Samoilov (11-5-1) Middleweight

Arsen Abdulkerimov (7-2) vs. Alexander Volkov (10-3) Heavyweight

Andrei Semenov (29-9-2) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (22-8) Middleweight

Additional bouts to be announced shortly

Welterweight Championship Bout:

Shamil Zavurov, M-1 Challenge Champion (19-1) clashes with Rashid Magomedov (8-1)

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout:

Viktor Nemkov (10-2) battles Vinny Magalhaes (7-5) for the vacant 205-pound strap

Free LIVE broadcast coverage of the entire M-1 Challenge XXV event from St. Petersburg, Russia will be available to viewers worldwide on the official M-1 Global website ( and select affiliate partner sites starting at 11:00am EST / 8:00am PST on Thursday April 28th.

With M-1 Challenge champions established in all five weight classes, a true contenders system will fuel events throughout 2011, driving M-1 Global’s growth as a leading brand in the US and international markets.

2011’s full slate of M-1 Challenge events held in the United States and Europe are primed to be mega-event spectaculars where Champions defend their titles and contenders jockey for position for a coveted shot at the gold. Feeding the contention system will be two Selection tournaments in 2011 with details being announced shortly.

For additional information, go to the official M-1 website, and M-1 Global facebook fan page.

About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998, M-1 Global ( has established itself in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand has staged over 70 events worldwide including the M-1 Selection and M-1 Challenge events and its co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States. Captivating the live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups, M-1 events boast some of the sport’s top names including Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Alistair Overeem, Ben Rothwell, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zentsov, Stephan Struve and rising stars Shamil Zavurov, Byron Byrd, Alexander Sarnavskiy and Vinny Magalhaes. 2011 marks a breakthrough year with two Selections tournaments across Eastern & Western Europe, North America and Asia and a full calendar of Challenge events fuelled by a talent-rich contention system ranking M-1 Global’s Champions amongst the greatest in the sport.

M-1 Global’s greatest asset is the number one heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine, LA times and New York times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.
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