Welterweight Title Bout Tops M-1 Challenge 25 on April 28

By Chris Nelson Mar 15, 2011
Once-beaten welterweights Shamil Zavurov and Rashid Magomedov will meet for the second time in the championship main event of M-1 Challenge 25 on April 28 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The Russian promotion announced the event and the matchup on Tuesday. M-1 will once again stream the show’s main card live on its official website (www.m-1global.com) beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on April 28.

Also booked for the event is a middleweight tilt between UFC veterans Luigi Fioravanti and Andrei Semenov, and a light heavyweight bout pitting Denis Goltsov against Alexander Kosarev.

The 26-year-old Zavurov (Pictured) will seek to both defend his M-1 Challenge welterweight title and avenge the only loss on his ledger against Magomedov, who won the pair’s November 2009 encounter via split decision. Zavurov has won 10 consecutive bouts since and has scored a trio of technical knockouts in the last five months alone. On March 5, the RusFighters Sport Club representative defended his strap at M-1 Challenge 23 with a second-round knockout of 2010 M-1 Selection Americas welterweight winner Tom Gallicchio.

Magomedov was also victorious on March 5, upsetting former M-1 middleweight titleholder Rafal Moks with a first-round TKO. A member of Dagestan’s Gorec gym, Magomedov has won three in a row since tasting defeat for the first time in an April 2010 split decision loss to Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.
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