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Lawal, Kerr on Weight for M-1 Breakthrough


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Mark Kerr. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s M-1 Breakthrough event, the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of Ferrid Kheder, who came in four pounds over the lightweight limit and will be docked 10% of his purse.

In addition, heavyweight Rogent Lloret will be permitted to weigh-in later today due to visa issues and a women’s bout between Andria Caplan and Mollie Ahlers-Estes will now be fought at a catch-weight of 155 lbs and has subsequently been switched from a professional fight to an amateur bout.

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Fedor-Rogers Booked For Fall


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will make his Strikeforce debut this fall in a heavyweight showdown with EliteXC veteran Brett “The Grimm” Rogers. No date or venue has been announced but the fight is expected to occur during the fall.

Last month, Emelianenko was slated to fight PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett at Affiction: Trilogy before the promotion ceased operations and canceled the card.

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Strikeforce, Fedor to Hold Open Workout in New York City on Wednesday


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Longtime heavyweight king and new Strikeforce acquisition Fedor Emelianenko will be part of an open workout session this Wednesday in New York City. The event is free and open to the public, fans and media alike.

The festivities, which will also include a meet-and-greet and an autograph session with Emelianenko, is slated to begin at 3:30 PM ET at the Fighthouse MMA gym, which is located at 122 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor in Manhattan.

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M-1 Global Announces Complete Fight Card for “Breakthrough” on Aug 28


Muhammed “King” Mo Lawal. Image courtesy of AllElbows.com.

M-1 Global has released the finalized card for its “Breakthrough” event, which will be held at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, August 28. The six-fight main card will be televised live on HDNet in the United States and through Internet PPV internationally.

Standout wrestler and fast-rising heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King” Mo Lawal will headline the show against former UFC and PRIDE standout Mark Kerr. A special sparring exhibition between longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko and training partner Gegard Mousasi will also take place.

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Frye Out; Lawal to Face Kerr at M-1 Global: Breakthrough

M-1 Global has officially announced that their August 28th show titled “Breakthrough” has been moved the Los Angeles Convention Center to the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City. The show will feature a main event of Mo Lawal vs. Mark Kerr along with an exhibition match featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.

The show was originally set to feature a main event of Don Frye vs. Mo Lawal but unfortunately Frye has pulled out and will be replaced by Kerr. “Don Frye had a signed contract with M-1 and part of that signed commitment allowed us to change the venue if needed,” said M-1 COO Raimond. “From our perspective, Don should still be in this fight. However, for reasons that we aren’t exactly sure of, he has backed out. Don still has not provided us with a clear reason as to why he is refusing to fight.

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Fedor Signs; To Appear on Events Co-Promoted by Strikeforce and M-1 Global


Fedor Emelianenko, Tom Atencio, and Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

After a week of speculation, Fedor Emelianenko has put the rumors to rest as the former PRIDE heavyweight champion signed a multi-fight agreement that will see him headline events co-promoted by Strikeforce and M-1 Global.

Emelianenko’s debut under the Strikeforce M-1 banner is expected to come this Fall on Showtime.

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Blame the Past for Fedor, UFC Drama


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

It was supposed to be different this time around.

With the collapse of Affliction complete and the list of suitable non-UFC opponents dwindling, the top heavyweight in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, seemed likely to finally sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. However despite early reports suggesting that a deal was imminent, we stand here with the two sides as distant as ever, and it comes as no surprise.

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Fedor to Head EA Sports MMA Roster, Deal With UFC Far From Finished


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Despite published reports stating that a deal was nearly complete, perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko remains a free agent and not part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ever-growing heavyweight roster.

Emelianenko and his manager, M-1 Global figurehead Vadim Finkelchtein, held a press conference today in Anaheim, California to discuss the recent rumors and a variety of topics. It was also announced that Emelianenko will serve as the featured athlete in EA Sports’ first-ever MMA-related video game, “EA Sports MMA”, which is scheduled to be released next year.

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Are Fedor and the UFC Close to a Deal?


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Differing reports issued today are insinuating that longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko may or may not be close to a deal that would finally land him inside the confines of the UFC.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that Emelianenko’s management team and the UFC were finalizing a contract that would reportedly be announced as early as this coming Friday. However, Sports Illustrated‘s Josh Gross is now quoting M-1 Global’s Apy Echteld as dismissing Pugmire’s story as “inaccurate”.

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Affliction Trilogy Cancelled

Seal Beach, CA - The highly anticipated fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett at the Affliction Trilogy MMA show has been cancelled. The mega fight was scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim on August 1st.  The unforeseen license denial of Josh Barnett gave Affliction limited time to find a replacement and adequately promote the new main event.

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