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

The Hangar

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.


For information on M-1 Global, go to the official M-1 website, www.M-1Global.com and M-1 Global facebook

fan page.


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




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, 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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