The United Kingdom is considered one of the top regions in the world when it comes to the increasing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts. However, a contingent of U.K. fighters was noticeably absent from last year's M-1 Challenge, an team-based International competition featuring 16 teams from all over the globe competing for the right to be world champions.
But on Wednesday, April 29 at Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, Japan, the U.K. will make its much anticipated debut during the 2009 "M-1 Challenge presented by Affliction."
Helming the U.K.'s first forray into the M-1 Challenge is Andy Lillis, the Director of Warrior Promotions, the parent company of the U.K.-based Cage Warriors MMA promotion. Lillis also helps manage top British fighters such as UFC welterweight Dan Hardy, top prospect Jim Wallhead, and Rosi Sexton, the number one-rated 125 lbs. female fighter, according to the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts.