You may think there is a shortage of MMA events this weekend but you’d be wrong because M-1 Global returns to Showtime tonight. Coming to us live from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona it’s M-1 Global Challenge 27.
The show was headlined by a light heavyweight title fight as former TUF finalist Vinny Magalhaes stopped Mikhail Zayats with strikes in the third round. In the co-main event, Maxim Grishin took on Kenny Garner for the interim heavyweight strap with Garner securing the win in the fight’s final frame via TKO.
Tom Gallicchio vs. Daniel Madrid
Fight Recap: Gallicchio got an early takedown but Madrid quickly gained guard and locked up an armbar for the tap out. The fight lasted less than a minute.
Result: Daniel Madrid def. Tom Gallicchio via Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Yasubey Enomoto vs. Josh Thorpe
Fight Recap:Thorpe got an early takedown but Enomoto immediately threatened with a submission, locked on a triangle, and forced the tap. Another quick fight with this one going just over a minute.
Result: Yasubey Enomoto def. Josh Thorpe via Submission Round 1 (Triangle Choke)
Arthur Guseinov vs. Eddie Arizmendi
Fight Recap: There was a quick scramble on the ground after a throw and Guseinov ended up on top. He ended up standing over Arizmendi, grabbing a leg, dropping back, and then rolling into a heel hook. Arizmendi quickly tapped out. Make it three for three on quick finishes as this one doesn’t go past the minute mark.
Result: Arthur Guseinov def. Eddie Arizmendi via Submission Round 1 (Heel Hook)
Kenny Garner vs. Maxim Grishin
Fight Recap: A lot of clinching and sloppy striking by Garner in the first round. Grishin stayed composed and moved his head well but he allowed Garner to control the clinch position and score with a late round takedown. It was more of the same in the second round except that Grishin got the late round takedown and almost finished with an armbar but time expired before he could lock it up. Both men were pretty gassed in the third round and it led to some sloppy action. Garner once again controlled things in the clinch and on the ground though. An absolutely brutal round of action and referee issues. Grishin started the fourth round by just flopping to his back. Grishin kept ducking under the ring ropes when Garner was pounding on him on the ground as well. Another brutal round and Grishin has nothing left to offer. The fifth round started slow until the fight hit the ground with about two minutes left. Grishin nearly finished with an armbar and then a triangle but Garner escaped, ended up in side control, landed a couple of punches, and the ref stopped the fight saying that Grishin tapped out. An anti-climatic ending to a sloppy fight between two average heavyweights with small gas tanks and a terrible referee.
Result: Kenny Garner def. Maxim Grishin via Submission Round 5 (Strikes)
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Mikhail Zayats
Fight Recap: Zayats did a nice job in the first round with the leg kicks. Magalhaes got the fight to the ground once by pulling guard but Zayats showed good postured and didn’t allow Magalhaes to really work from his back. Zayats continued to use good leg kicks in the second. Magalhaes was able to get the find to the ground and had mount but lost the position when he went for an armbar. Second round was a solid round of action. In the third round Magalhaes landed a beautiful head kick that dropped Zayats and followed up with a flurry of punches until the ref shoved him away. Great ending.
Result: Vinny Magalhaes def. Mikhail Zayats via TKO Round 3 (Head Kick/Strikes)