As with every major broadcast, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for M-1 Challenge 27: Magalhaes vs. Zayats. The live blog will start with the Showtime broadcast at 11 p.m. ET. The card features two title fights. In the main event of the evening, Vinny Magalhaes squares off with Mikhail Zayats for the light heavyweight crown while Kenny Garner and Maxim Grishin battle over the interim heavyweight title.
Here is the card and official weigh-in results:
Showtime Main Card:
Vinny Magalhaes 204 lbs vs Mikhail Zayats 205 lbs (For the M-1 Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship)
Kenny Garner 255 lbs vs Maxim Grishin 220 lbs (For the M-1 Global Interim Heavyweight title)
Arthur Guseinov 185 lbs vs Eddie Arizmendi 186 lbs
Tom Gallicchio 170 lbs vs Daniel Madrid 165 lbs
Yasubey Enomoto 168 lbs vs Josh Thorpe 166 lbs
Ryan Crouch 158 lbs vs Fredrik Lumpkin 156 lbs
Mike Chavez 168 lbs vs Joe Martinez 170 lbs
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The Showtime broadcast is underway.
Tom Gallicchio vs. Daniel Madrid - Round 1 - Madrid with a right hand on Gallicchio's way in and now he lands a sharp right hand. Gallicchio is leaving his chin very exposed but he manages to get a takedown. Madrid quickly to the armbar and Gallicchio taps! Wow! Daniel Madrid wins by submission (armbar), round 1.
Yasubey Enomoto vs. Josh Thorpe - Round 1 - Thorpe with his hands out front and Enomoto lands an overhand right. Another flurry of punches and he's landing. Thorpe throws a combo but nothing really gets through. Takedown by Thorpe, Enomoto goes for the omoplata, transitions to the triangle choke and that'll do it. Quick two finishes. Yasubey Enomoto wins by submission (triangle choke), round 1.
Eddie Arizmendi vs. Arthur Guseinov - Round 1 - Guseinov throws a spinning wheel kick that misses and Arizmendi throws a leg kick in return. Guseinov with a thrown and after a scramble he hends up on top landing big shots. Guseinov drops for a heel hook and there's the top. Arthur Guseinov wins by submission (heel hook), round 1.
Kenny Garner vs. Maxim Grishin - Round 1 - Garner storms forward and lands a few punches and now leans on Garner against the ropes. Big spunches to the body in the clinch by Garner. Grishin turns him against the cage. Knee to the cup in the clinch by Garner and Grishin is given a few minutes to recover. Low kick by Grishin and Garner lands a few hard punches that stagger Grishin briefly. Garner looks for a takedown and can't get it. Garner with another straight right. Garner landing hard body shots in the clinch in the corner. Grishin with a knee to the body and a brief takedown but Garner bounces up. They separate and Grishin lands a right hand. Garner is getting more and more wild and is tiring out. Right hand by Garner. Grishin fakes a takedown, gets Garner to move and, does nothing. Takedown into side control by Garner. Garner almost gets armlocked as the round ends. 10-9 Garner.
Round 2 - Grishin with a push kick. Garner pushing forward and getting a body lock. Grishin looking for a takedown and can't get it. Garner throws a right hand and Grishin ducks under. Garner finally gets a takedown and he's in Grishin's full guard. Garner stands up and as the ref tells Grishin to get up he has trouble getting to his feet. Garner with a flurry of slow arm punches. Grishin with a takedown, stands up after taking some punches and a step through pass to side control. Grishin now into mount. Grishin with an armbar attempt but time runs out. 10-9 Grishin.
Round 3 - Right into the clinch against the ropes. Body shots by Garner and now Grishin with a takeown. Garner ducks out between the ropes and they're stood back up. That's garbage, don't restart them standing for a guy running from the fight. Left hand by Grishin lands. Now Garner landing out of nowhere. Grishin looks for the takedown and can't get it. Left hook, right hand by Garner. Grishin with a failed takedown and he falls to his back. Garner gets on top and both guys are exhausted. Grishin with a simple sit up and twist sweep. Garner is on top now after a sweep of his own. Upkick by Grishin was illegal as Garner was still down. Both guys slowly climb to their feet. The ref calls for time, they continue the clock anyway, Grishin looks exhausted as he leans on the ropes, now there's loose tape but the timekeeper ends the round despite time not being restarted. Whatever. 10-9...um...Garner?
Round 4 - They start the round and Grishin's corner is still in the ring wiping up water, now Grishin flops to his back. Garner is on top in side control and Grishin scoots out under the ropes and as the referee tells them to restart Grishin barely gets to his feet. This time the ref restarts them in the position they were in, which they didn't do last time when it was Garner who scooted under the ropes. Garner makes Grishin stand back up. Grishin flailing his arms at Garner. This is a miserable fight. Grishin with a takedown, Garner reverses position to near zero resistance. Garner drops a big right hand. Grishin looks for a leg, then a sweep but is right back on his back. Garner makes him stand up. Body shot by Garner, Grishin goes down. Garner tries to throw punches and Grishin scoots out of the ropes and gets a restart after slowly getting to his feet. "Knock him out" chants from the crowd. Round ends. 10-6 for Garner. My card doesn't count, so I'm deducting 3 points from Grishin since he should have lost but scooted out of the ropes to avoid the TKO.
Round 5 - Early in the round Garner sticks his head in a choke and Grishin tries to finish but slips off. Each body shot by Garner in the clinch is making Grishin wince. Grishin with a body lock and he can't get the takedown. They go to the ground and Grishin locks in an armbar! Garner survives but Grishin to a triangle choke and it's deep! Garner stacks him and passes. Now Garner is in side control throwing punches and Grishin taps? I guess? The rep, tapping his hands to make it clear. Showtime tells me there was a tap. Okay, whatever. Worst fight of the year. Kenny Garner wins by submission (exhaustion/strikes), round 5.
Vinny Magalhaes vs. Mikhail Zayats - Round 1 - They both come out throwing hands and Magalhaes throws a head kick that misses. Body kick by Vinny lands. Zayats tries to land some punches and Vinny misses a knee from the Thai clinch. Huge knees to the body in the clinch by Vinny are hurting Zayats. Vinny looking for the throw and Zayats defends so Vinny pulls guard. Vinny looks to get his legs up but Zayats slips out and stands up. Hard leg kick by Zayats. Vinny clinches him but can't get it down. Now Vinny looks for the double but Zayats' arm is in the rope so he gets a warning. Hard leg kick by Zayats again. Another leg kick. 10-9 Zayats on my card.
Round 2 - Magalhaes is hurt with a punch and a low kick by Zayats knocks him down briefly. Vinny is looking a bit lost on the feet and Zayats' striking combos have him baffled. Punch, leg kick by Zayats, now he throws Vinny to the ground and starts kicking Vinny in the legs, foot stomps him and starts kicking him in the hand. Vinny takes another leg kick and he's hurting. Vinny shoots in and gets a takedown directly into mount. Zayats with a great reversal. Magalhaes with a sweep back to mount but Zayats escapes to standing. Leg kick by Zayats. Zayats standing over Vinny after a brief takedown and they're restarted on the feet. Big body shot and now to the head by Zayats. 10-9 Zayats again.
Round 3 - Vinny desperate for a takedown early and Zayats turns him into the ropes standing. Zayats slips out of the body lock and lands a few punches on the exit. Left hand by Vinny counters the Zayats kick. Both men land jabs. Head kick by Vinny and Zayats is down! Magalhaes follows up with a flurry of punches and that'll do it! Vinny Magalhaes wins by TKO (head kick and punches), round 3.