Fight of the Day: Fedor vs. Aoki

As promised, M-1 Global has released video of last week’s exhibition bout between longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko and skilled lightweight grappler Shinya Aoki, which took place as part of the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge on April 29 in Tokyo, Japan.

Fedor Submits Aoki in M-1 Exhibition Bout

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

Perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko scored a submission win via Achilles lock over skilled grappler Shinya Aoki in a meeting that was billed as a “special super exhibition” during the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge earlier today in Tokyo, Japan.

From today’s press release:

The Japanese crowd displayed even more emotion during Fedor and Aoki’s public sparring session, which was advertised locally as a “special super exhibition.” With no scoring in effect, the encounter between the two undisputed world champions resembled a training session that you might see inside of a fight gym. The only difference was that nearly 1,000 spectators were on hand to watch the two square off while donning Gis.

Fedor utilized his strength advantage to send Aoki soaring with several Sambo throws. At one point, Aoki played to the crowd and removed his Gi in jest and attempted a flying armbar on Fedor. With both fighters pressing each other well less than 100 percent, the two smiled for much of the session and embraced after the final bell had sounded.

Based on the pictures of the event, both fighters were being just a bit friendly to each other. Plus, it was an exhibition, and it took place in Japan under the watchful eyes of those crazy Russians so take Fedor’s submission victory as you wish.

Video of the match will be available on a video-on-demand basis free of charge next Monday at M-1Global.com. Complete results from the event are after the jump.

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Fedor, Aoki to Clash in Exhibition at M-1 Challenge

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

Amsterdam, Holland - While WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s recent two wins over former UFC heavyweight champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski have taken place on American soil, he first earned his reputation as being the world’s pound-for-pound best fighter while competing in Japan.

Despite having made a name for himself in Japan, Fedor has not competed in the Land of the Rising Sun since recording a first round submission victory over 7’2’’ Goliath Hong Man Choi at “Yarrenoka” on New Year’s Eve 2007.

But Fedor will end his hiatus from active competition in Japan on Wednesday, April 29 at Shinjuku Face in Tokyo during the third edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction.” Fans in attendance will be treated to a special five-minute sparring exhibition between Fedor when he returns to the ring for a five-minute special sparring exhibition against WAMMA lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.

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Rumor: Fedor-Aoki Grappling Match Added to DEEP M-1 Challenge

Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.

In a report released today by kamipro.com, top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will take on lightweight Shinya Aoki in a grappling match to be held on April 29th in the 3rd installment of DEEP M-1 Challenge.

While there has yet to be an official announcement and the idea of this match-up could seem a tad unbelievable, this isn’t the first time these two names have been thrown around in a potential fight. There’s no secret that Japanese promotions love to put on fights featuring their biggest stars, at times ignoring size and reason, and Fedor and Aoki are two of the biggest fan-favorites.

Luckily for us it was announced yesterday that this event will be streamed live on Japan-MMA.

Jansen to Replace Cobb in M-1 Challenge

Dave Jansen. Photo courtesy of Sportfight.


Amsterdam, Holland—After an exhaustive search, first-year Team USA West owners Roy Engelbrecht and Steve Bash have signed undefeated lightweight Dave Jansen to replace Brian Cobb in this Saturday’s “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

The move to sign Jansen was necessitated by the fact that Palace Fighting Championship lightweight champion Brian Cobb was plucked from USA Team West after signing a multi-fight agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“Those people who know me know I am a glass is half full kind of fight promoter,” Engelbrecht began, “So as the managing partner of the USA West Team in the 2009 ‘M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction,’ I hear about Brian Cobb signing with the UFC to fight this coming Saturday in London, it was like bad news/good news for me. The bad news is that we had lost Brian but the good news is that we were able to sign Dave Jansen as the replacement!

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Affliction’s Bobby Green to Compete in M-1 Challenge Season Opener

Bobby Green. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com


Amsterdam, Holland—M-1 Global officials have finalized rosters and matchups for the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener set to take place on February 21 in Seattle, Washington at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Matchups for the stacked 15-bout opener includes the return of the Imperial Team (formerly known as “Russia Red Devil”), the 2008 M-1 Challenge champions, who will begin the defense of their crown in a best-of-five matchup against Team South Korea.

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Afternoon Notes: Mir-Lesnar II News, Goulet-McCrory Proposed & More

Frank Mir. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

- A planned middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites might not be the only championship bout at UFC 97. Fighters Only Magazine is quoting UFC President Dana White as saying that the heavyweight title unification rematch between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir could take place in April, which is when the UFC plans to return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the second time in the last two years. “Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that,” White said.

- Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet has told Sherdog.com that he has been offered a fight against Tamdan McCrory for April’s UFC 97 event also, but will be unable to accept the bout until Thursday at the earliest due to medical clearance needed to begin training again after injuring his right knee in his recent loss to Mike Swick at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event in December. McCrory is coming off a loss as well - He fell to Dustin Hazelett via submission at UFC 91. Keep in mind thought that the UFC has yet to secure a date at the Bell Centre because of the Montreal Canadiens’ pending playoff schedule.

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Inclement Weather Postpones M-1 Challenge Finals

Erik Oganov. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.

M-1 Global officials announced on Thursday that the finals of the inaugural M-1 Challenge have been postponed because of inclement weather conditions that are preventing the organization from transporting it’s contracted fighters to Seattle, Washington’s Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino in time for the event.

The show, which would have been the second M-1 production to take place in the United States this year, will pit Team Russian Red Devil against Team Holland to determine the first-ever winner of the M-1 Challenge.

Although a press release sent out to the media yesterday didn’t include a new date or venue for the event, M-1 Global has since revealed that the fight card will now emanate from the Amstelpark Hotel and Sports Centre in the Netherlands on January 11.

M-1 Challenge Finals to Take Place in Seattle

Erik Oganov. Photo courtesy of MFC M-1.


On Dec. 26 in Seattle, Washington, the vision of M-1 Global Owner and President Vadim Finkelchtein will be realized.

Finkelchtein’s M-1 Challenge was designed to be the “World Cup of MMA,” with teams comprised of mixed martial artists from all over the globe representing their respective country in head-to-head competition. If MMA was an Olympic sport, chances are it would resemble the M-1 Challenge.

On Dec. 26 in Seattle, Washington, at the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino (tickets now on-sale at all Ticketmaster outlets), the top two teams from the competition’s regular season will be going for the gold when Team Russian Red Devil squares off with Team Holland in the finals to determine the first-ever winner of the M-1 Challenge.

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Video: Jerry Millen Interviews Vadim Finkelchtein

In a three-part video series put out by M-1 Global (the first part is above), former PRIDE Fighting Championships executive and current M-1 Global USA Vice President Jerry Millen interviews Vadim Finkelchtein, the creator of the M-1 Challenge and the longtime manager of heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko.

During the interview, Finkelchtein touches on a number of things, including comments made by UFC President Dana White regarding him and his clients as well as the future of his Russian-based organization. The first part of the interview is above and the remaining two parts are available after the jump.

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