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Team England Shot Down In Kansas By Team France


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After defeating Japan in Tokyo on April 29 by a score of 4-1, many anticipated that England would clinch a playoff berth in Group A with an easy victory over a French team that lost its opener to Team Spain by a 3-2 score earlier this year. However, a rejuvenated Team France pulled off the 4-1 win over Team England.

Lightweight Makhtar Gueye helped France get off to a literal quick start with a nine second knockout of Ian Butlin of Team England. Welterweight Gael Grimaud then helped France move to 2-0 after he submitted British knockout specialist Simon Phillips with a triangle. Christophe Dafreville then scored the clinching third victory after executing a triangle submission of his own against Matt Thorpe at 4:32 of round 2.

Despite having clinched the victory, it behoved France to keep winning with the first tie-breaker in the M-1 Challenge being individual victory. Despite it being his pro debut, Frenchman Johan Romming used his world class wrestling ability to submit the more experienced Danny Giblin.

Rob Broughton then enacted a small measure of revenge for England after he was declared a winner at 2:02 of round 1 due to a corner stoppage.


Lightweight (154 lbs./-70 kg.) - Makhtar Gueye (France) def. Ian Butlin (England ) via TKO (strikes) at 0:09 of round 1

Welterweight (167.2 lbs./-76 kg.) - Gael Grimaud (France ) def. Simon Phillips (England ) via submission (triangle 1:29 of round 1)

Middleweight (184.8 lbs./-84 kg.) - Christophe Dafreville (France ) def. Matt Thorpe (England - 183.9) via submission (triangle) at 4:32 of round 1

Light Heavyweight (204.6 lbs./-93 kg.) - Johan Romming (France ) def. Danny Giblin (England ) via submission (North/South choke) at 1:59 of round 1

Heavyweight (204.6-plus lbs./+93 kg.) - Rob Broughton (England ) def. Soufian Elgarne via corner stoppage (injury) at 2:02 of round 1

Team France win 4-1

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