Showtime Sports® And M-1 Global Announce
M-1 Challenge Event To Air Live On Showtime®
March 25, 2011
NEW YORK (Feb. 23, 2011) – SHOWTIME Sports and M-1 GLOBAL announced today an upcoming mixed
martial arts (MMA) event entitled M-1 Challenge: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa featuring two M-1 GLOBAL title
fights. The bouts will air LIVE on SHOWTIME on Friday, March 25 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West
Artiom Damkovsky will defend his M-1 Challenge Lightweight (155 lbs.) championship against Jose
Figueroa, while Tyson Jeffries and Magomed Sultanakhmedov will battle for the vacant M-1 Challenge
Middleweight (185 lbs.) belt from Constant Center in Norfolk, Va.
In other action, Alexander Sarnavskiy will take on Josh Bacallao in a lightweight scrap and Vinny
Magalhaes will fight an opponent to be named in a light heavyweight (205 lbs.) matchup.
"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 Vadim
Finkelchtein, co-founder of M-1 GLOBAL.
“Our ability to televise quality boxing and MMA fights at the highest level has been aided tremendously by
our commitment to showcasing prospects and lesser known international stars on our feeder series like
ShoBox: The New Generation and STRIKEFORCE Challengers,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice
President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “M-1 Challenge events fit perfectly into that mold
and will enhance our mixed martial arts offerings even further.”
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
Founded in 1998, M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) 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.
About Global Spectrum
The Ted Constant Convocation Center is managed by Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com), the fastest
growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than 85 facilities throughout the
United States and Canada. The Philadelphia-based company is part of one of the world’s largest sports and
entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National
Hockey League, the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, Flyers Skate Zone, a series
of community ice skating rinks, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, a regional sports programming network,
Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and
marketing product for public assembly facilities, and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights
sales company and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with
Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars
- Press Release from Showtime
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