M-1 Challenge XXX: Zavurov vs. Enomoto II Prepared To Pick Up Where They Left Off, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, Live on SHOWTIME(R) at 11 p.m. ET/PT, From The Hangar at the O.C. Fair and Events Center, Costa Mesa, California

From M-1 Global:

Costa Mesa, California (December 5, 2011) – M-1 GLOBAL’s final U.S. outing for 2011 features a rematch of what most consider up to this point the M-1 Challenge match of the year. The mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge XXX: Zavurov vs. Enomoto II takes place at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California and airs LIVE on SHOWTIME Friday, December 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast).

The event is headlined with the rematch between welterweight champion Shamil Zavurov (18-1) and Yasubey Enomoto (8-3).

“We’re happy with this match up. Zavurov and Enomoto match up very well as was the case in their first bout in April” said M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan. “That fight was spectacular, and I expect nothing less from the rematch. After losing the razor thin decision Enomoto immediately let me know that he would love to get a rematch anytime, anyplace”.

As fate would have it Rashid Magomedov, who was scheduled to face the champion, encountered difficulty obtaining his Visa in time for the bout creating the opening for Enomoto to get his wish.

Enomoto has remained busy since his bout with Zavurov in April, scoring victories over former M-1 Challenge Middleweight Champion Rafal Moks, as well as a triangle choke finish of Josh Thorpe in just over a minute in October.

Zavurov last saw action in July with a victory over Zhanybek Amatov at a Battle of Moscow event.  Though very busy in 2011, the champion has battled a shoulder injury which kept him out of the M-1 Ring for a few months. Now fully recovered with a worthy challenger in place Zavurov looks to make his mark in America leaving fans and Enomoto with out question as to who is the welterweight kingpin of M-1 Challenge.

Also featured on the televised portion of the event will be a rematch between Jose Figueroa (10-5) and Artiom Damkovsky (9-6) in a lightweight bout.  In their first meeting this past July, Figueroa violently stripped Damkovsky of his lightweight title by second round TKO. Figueroa lost the title to Daniel Weichel in Moscow at M-1 Global’s “Fedor vs Monson” event. Tyson Jeffries (7-6) will take on Eddie Arizmendi (15-5) in a middleweight matchup.  And opening the evening of fights on SHOWTIME, Alessandro Ferriera (10-1) will take on Bao Quach (18-10) in a featherweight (145 lbs.) bout.

Tickets are priced at $100 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.

Mauro Ranallo will call the action from ringside with Pat Miletich serving as expert analyst. The telecast will be produced by Chuck McKean and directed by Craig Farrell.  The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins, Jr.

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