Artem Damkovsky (20-9) is a tough Belarusian lightweight who will try his chances to take the M-1 Champion’s title that he someday posessed. Since his loss to Mairbek Taisumov in 2013, Damkovsky got 4 fight win streak, defeating Heydar Mammedaliev, Zulfikar Usmanov, Viktor Kuku and Said Khalikov under M-1 Challenge banner. Now he gets the long anticipated title shot at reigning Champion Mansour Barnaoui.
Mansour Barnaoui (12-3) got an unhappy loss to Ivan Buchinger at his fight for M-1 featherweight title in October. Having a difficult weigh-cut Mansour was defeated after 5 rounds of a brutal action. Still keeping his belt in lightweight division French phenom will be ready to defend if in his natural weight against Belarusian contender.