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Ian M-16 Butlin Talks To M-1 Global On The Eve Of His Japanese Debut


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The colourful British Lightweight Ian “M-16” Butlin is in Japan for tomorrow’s M-1 Challenge: Third Edition show, where he will face the DEEP veteran Luiz Andrade in the first of five bouts vs. Japan M-1 Team Challenge bouts.

Butlin, who sports a record of 6-7-0 is managed by Warrior Promotions Fighter Management (WPFM) and is known for his powerful striking, exciting fight style and for being the self-proclaimed number 1 UK Lightweight Fighter.

After making weight earlier today at the 21 East Hotel in Tokyo; Butlin was elected by his team mates to speak on behalf of the UK team and the Huddersfield based striker promised the media in attendance that the UK team will defeat their hosts 5-0 in their five bout series tomorrow night.

When interviewed later by the waiting media; Butlin, a man who is no stranger to controversy once again attacked those who question his self proclaimed number 1 status by saying “I don’‘t call myself the best lightweight fighter in England - I am the best lightweight in England”

The charismatic UK fighter continued by saying “All the guys that say they’re the best, stand up and fight me! Just don’t talk about it! Get in there and do it! I’m sick of fighters pulling out that are supposed to fight me. I’m the best lightweight in the U.K - that’s right! Because I’m not just looking to submit you, I’m looking to knock you the [expletive] out!”

When asked about his fight tomorrow night against Luiz Andrade; Butlin response by saying “A lot of people say they want to fight a striker like me and then they try to take it to the ground,” he said. “These grapplers think they can [expletive] tap me but they’re the ones that [expletive] tap like a little girl when I punch them in the [expletive] head!”

With the Japanese fighter also promising to knock Butlin out, this bout could well be a contender for fight of the night and could give either team a huge kick start to their 2009 M-1 Challenge campaign.

The full UK vs. Japan line-up is as follows: (best-of-five series) -

Lightweight (70 kg/154 lbs.): Luiz Andrada (Japan/71.2 kg) vs. Ian Butlin (England/69.9 kg)
Welterweight (76 kg/167.2 lbs.): Hidehiko Hasgawa (Japan/76.6 kg) vs. Simon Phillips (England/75.9 kg)
Middleweight (84 kg/184.8 lbs.): Yusuke Masuda (Japan/83.8 kg) vs. Matt Thorpe (England/82.9 kg)
Light Heavyweight (93 kg/204.6 lbs.): Tatsuya Mizuno (Japan/91.2 kg) vs. Tom Blackledge (England/93.3 kg)
Heavyweight (+93 kg/204.7-plus lbs.): Yusuke Kawaguchi (Japan/105 kg) vs. Rob Broughton (England/120 kg)

The Live stream of this event will be available for non-U.S. residents at (and here on for UK fans) starting at 8am on April 29th (UK Time) with full coverage for U.S. fans at

The Fedor vs. Aoki exhibition will not be available during the live stream of the event and will instead premiere on a video-on-demand basis on Monday, May 4 at both and

Complete weigh-in results and line-ups for tomorrow’s event can be found here

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