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Phoenix, AZ --The M-1 promotion moved one step closer to their Arizona debut with a successful weigh-in Thursday night in North Phoenix. All fourteen fighters booked for M-1 Challenge 27 stepped on the scales before a crowd at the Metro Sportz Bar. Both main event fighters Vinny Magalhaes (8-5) and Mikhail Zayats (14-5) made weight for their scheduled five round light heavyweight title fight.

For Magalhaes the bout will be his first defense of the M-1 Global light heavyweight belt. A former Ultimate Fighter Season eight finalist, Magalhaes has won six of seven bouts outside of the UFC since his 2009 release from the promotion. The 27 year old Magalhaes recently added to his grappling resume with a win at the ADCC 2011 championships in September.

A former middleweight prospect Zayats is fresh off a highlight reel TKO of Malik Merad (11-8) at M-1 Challenge 25. Zayats, a Russian striker, has won four straight bouts dating back to June 2010.

In the heavyweight co-main event both Maxim Grishin (11-5) and Kenny Garner (7-3) made it below the 265 pound limit.

Grishin was booked for the fight with Garner on one week's notice after four star heavyweight prospect Guram Gugenishvili (11-0) was sidelined with an elbow injury. A Russian fighter Grishin steps into the ring with a four fight win streak. Garner, a 25 year old big man, is 2-0 on the year. Grishin and Garner will battle for the M-1 Global Interim Heavyweight title with the winner booked for a possible bout with Gugenishvili.

M-1 Challenge 27 is scheduled for Friday October 14th from Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix. The five fight main card will air live on Showtime at 11:00 p.m. EST/PST (Delayed on the West Coast).

M-1 Challenge 27 Magalhaes vs. Zayats weigh-in results
Phoenix, AZ

Vinny Magalhaes (204) vs. Mikhail Zayats (205)
Maxim Grishin (220) vs. Kenny Garner (255)
Eddie Arizmendi (185) vs. Arthur Guseinov (186)
Tom Gallicchio (170) vs. Daniel Madrid (165)
Yasubey Enomoto (168) vs. Joshua Thorpe (166)
Ryan Crouch (158) vs. Fredrik Lumpkin (156)
Mike Chavez (168) vs. Joe Martinez (170)

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