Tyson Jeffries vs. Arthur Guseinov Official For
M-1 Challenge: Bennett vs Garner Live On Showtime®
Friday, July 8, 2011 From The Hangar
At the O.C. Fair and Events Center, Costa Mesa, California
July 8, 2011
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa, California
NEW YORK (June 21, 2011) – M-1 GLOBAL announces the addition of 2010 M-1 Selection Americas
middleweight tournament winner Tyson ‘The Anti-Hero’ Jeffries (7-5) versus feared Russian striker Arthur
Guseinov (7-2) at the mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge: Bennett vs. Garner. The bouts
from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California will air LIVE on SHOWTIME on Friday, July 8 at 11 p.m.
ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast).
The July 8th event is headlined with the rematch between the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Tournament
heavyweight finalists Pat Bennett (4-2) and Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (6-3).
“Tyson Jeffries is a fighter with incredible heart and a determination to consistently improve his game; he
adds depth and excitement to every card and he’s a welcome addition on M-1’s second televised event on
SHOWTIME,” said M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan. “The European fighters who participated
in the March card set an extremely high bar this time out. Guseinov has been very vocal about making this
an entertaining battle.”
Tickets are priced at $75 for the front row and all other seats at $50 and can be purchased online at
www.fightcluboc.com, or by calling Roy Englebrecht Promotions at (949) 760-3131.
As a marquee middleweight (185 Lbs.) bout, the clash sets the stage for Jeffries to battle back into title
contention after suffering a crushing defeat against the division’s newly crowned champion Magomed
“That was the toughest fight of my career and a humbling experience,” says Jeffries. “I’ve since spent time
training in Las Vegas and in the U.K. and I’m ready to redeem myself with a much improved performance.
Thank you to M-1 for the opportunity. It’s an honor to be on their second SHOWTIME card.”
Jeffries, a versatile fighter within Team Quest’s talented roster, won the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas
tournament last September with a spectacular highlight reel, triangle-armbar victory over Mike Geurin.
Arthur Guseinov, the Action-Force Fight Team member, is coming off back-to-back losses against Russian submission specialist Beslan Esaev and staunch American scrapper Luigi Fioravanti.
Known for his tight clinch work, deadly spinning back-kicks and head-hunting high kicks, Guseinov’s
lightning-quick striking arsenal is responsible for the majority of his KO / TKO victories. Expect his exciting
fighting style to be well received by the North American audience as he brings a high powered offensive
directly into Jeffries’ path.
Mauro Ranallo will call the action from ringside with Pat Miletich serving as analyst. The telecast will be
produced by Chuck McKean and directed by Craig Farrell. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports
is David Dinkins, Jr.
For information on SHOWTIME Sports programming, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo
galleries, complete telecast information and more, please go to the new SHOWTIME Sports website at
About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the
premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex
channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME
BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE
CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON
DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint
venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI feeds
provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment
events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.
About M-1 Global:
(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, Guram Gugenishvili, 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.
- Press Release from Showtime
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