The M-1 Challenge heads to the UK
The popular UK MMA Blog Site Hurtbusiness.com has previewed the forthcoming M-1 Challenge show, which is due to take place in Nottingham on September 27th. This show will be run in conjunction with Warrior Promotions and will be another UK first.
To read what the guys at Hurtbusiness.com have to say about this exciting new concept go to http://www.hurtbusiness.com/hbfeatures8.htm
Here is a quick snippet of the article
In partnership with a top local organisation - M-1 are bringing top European talent and incorporating a British Warriors team in next year’s league.
A European Champions League of MMA.
Top class fights in handy time zones.
Brought up on a diet of UFC and Pride - UK MMA fans have tended to overlook our neighbours on the Continent. This is criminal. M-1 may be the chance to find out what you’ve been missing.
Leaving aside the talented French and increasingly impressive Scandinavians - let’s concentrate on the Russian element. Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few years - you’ll have noticed that the former Soviet Union have become a dominant presence in a few industries - notably football and boxing. It’s interesting to note that the greatest triumphs by citizens hailing from the Empire formerly known as Evil have taken place at Stamford Bridge and the arenas of Germany. The Russians are more than willing to put the show on the road permanently if that is the way to make it work.
Also, the Russians ‘get’ MMA. The nation has an ingrained combat sports culture and modern MMA looks a lot like a commercialised version of combat SAMBO to the naked eye. The Red Devils have been at the forefront of popularising MMA around the world.
“Getting it” sets M-1 apart from the carpetbaggers. Take EliteXC for example. On paper, they had it all. With the expertise from their boxing background- how could they fail. Er..by marketing MMA like boxing. Building a couple of stars and hyping them out of sight
This prestigious International event will be hosted by Warrior Promotions, owners of Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, in Nottingham as a pre-cursor to introducing the first ever British Team into the M-1 Challenge Tournament next year. The UK will host further events next year whilst this September will witness four of the most acclaimed teams in the 2008 tournament battling it out in pursuit of national pride and personal glory.
The four teams competing in Nottingham hoping to qualify for the finals in Japan on New Year’s Eve will be; Red Devils vs USA & Russia Legion vs Europe. All four teams will be taking part in a total of 10 international super-bouts.
Plus there will be an additional 5 Superfights featuring local fighters, with the early awaited Heavyweight Rematch between local favourite Wayne Buck and the Italian Muay Thai fighter Matteo Minonzio. Whilst the self-proclaimed UK number 1 Lightweight Ian “M-16” Butlin takes on the CFC British Champion AJ Wenn in another exciting Superfight.
As well as this exciting and innovative event; Warrior Promotions are also proud to announce at there will be a seminar featuring the former Pride FC star and current Red Devil Team Member & Coach, Aleksander Emelianenko. Aleksander, the younger brother of the formidable Fedor Emelianenko sports an impressive MMA record of 11-3 and has fought of the best names in the MMA world. He will be conducting a seminar with his team and will be looking to pass on some of the skills which have seen his team rise to the top of the MMA tree.
That’s not all as UK MMA Legend Ian Freeman, the young upcoming MMA star & current Cage Warriors Champion, Gegard Mousasi and the UFC Welterweight Dan Hardy will also be attending this Seminar and the M-1 Challenge show later on in the day. This Seminar will take place between 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm on the day of the event.
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