Showtime Sports and M-1 Global announced today an upcoming mixed martial arts 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 Coast).
Artiom Damkovsky will defend his M-1 Challenge Lightweight Championship against Jose Figueroa, while Tyson Jeffries and Magomed Sultanakhmedov will battle for the vacant M-1 Challenge Middleweight belt from the Constant Center in Norfolk, Va.
In other action, Alexander Sarnavskiy will take on Josh Bacallao in a lightweight scrap and light heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes will also be featured on the card.
“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.”