A few observations from last night’s M-1 Challenge 24 on Showtime…

— Boy, commentator Pat Miletich wasn’t kidding.  Those Russians really do go for it.  Have they not heard of “lay and pray” and “wall and stall” over there yet?

— Alexander Sarnavskiy beat on Beau Baker so relentlessly, I am convinced Baker owed him rubles.  Hopefully Baker pays him back now.

— Good for Vinny Magalhaes.  He’s found a decent home for himself, where he can beat on regional-level guys and showcase his skills on national television.

— Of course, leave it to the two Americans to have the only bout that goes the distance.  Thank you very much, Jason Norwood and Mojo Horne.  Did you fellas not see all the other bouts ending abruptly and violently around you?

— I had high hopes for Team Quester Tyson Jeffries and thought he had a chance against Magomed Sultanakhmedov, but boy was I wrong.  With a furious barrage of fists and knees, Sultanakhmedov crushed him like a babushka crushing beets for borscht (note: borscht is a Russian soup made of beets.  Get it?).

— Thankfully, American Top Team rep Jose Figueroa was able to stop Artiom Damkovsky and keep it from being an all-Russian shutout.  But it should be noted that Figueroa earned his shot at the belt by winning the M-1 Challenge “Selections” tournament in New Jersey last year, and he won his final match with consecutive groin shots against George Sheppard.  So can we get a Figueroa/Sheppard rematch now?

Results after the jump.


  • Jose Figueroa defeats Artiom Damkovsky via TKO at 2:28 in Round 2
  • Magomed Sultanakhmedov defeats Tyson Jeffries via TKO at 3:07 in Round 2
  • Vinny Magalhaes defeats Jake Doerr via TKO at 1:47 in Round 1
  • Jason Norwood defeats Mojo Horne via Unanimous Decision
  • Alexander Sarnavskiy defeats Beau Baker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:32 in Round 2
  • Jessie Riggleman defeats Jason Hillicker via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:13 in Round 1
  • George Sheppard defeats David Derby via Knockout at 1:50 in Round 1
  • Johnny Curtis defeats Bobby Gurley via Submission (Strikes) at 0:36 in Round 1
  • Colton Smith defeats Brian Nielson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:19 in Round 1
  • Bethany Marshall defeats Stacy Grant via Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:39 in Round 2
  • Bryan Lashomb defeats Marcus Daniels via TKO at 0:57 in Round 1