In the latest standout video from AllElbows.com, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at rising heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal’s recent win over UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr at M-1’s “Breakthrough” event on August 28.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Renato Migliaccio. Photo courtesy of White Chocolate Management.
Amsterdam, Holland - After opening its 2009 campaign in the “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” with a 5-0 victory over host country Bulgaria this past March, Team USA East will look to take out its chief competition in Group C and clinch a playoff berth on Friday, June 5 in Kansas City when it takes on Team Finland.
The best-of-five series between USA East and Finland will prove to be USA East’s toughest test of the regular season, as it looks to retain sole possession of first place in Group C.
USA East finds itself heading into its must-win matchup vs. second place Finland having had to change four of its five fighters that played a role in March’s shutout over Bulgaria. However, USA East’s lone returnee, Ryan Gracie black belt Renato Migliaccio (5-0), just happens to be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in this year’s M-1 Challenge.
Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
M-1 CHALLENGE TO RETURN TO KANSAS CITY ON JUNE 5 WHEN TEAM USA EAST TAKES ON TEAM FINLAND
Amsterdam, Holland - The fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to emanate from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0).
Team USA East will look to retain sole possession of first place in Group C when it takes on Team Finland (1-0). While USA East and Finland both are undefeated, USA East leads by the slimmest of margins as it holds a one fight advantage in the first tie-breaker category of individual fight record.
In addition to the headline challenge fight between USA East and Finland, two additional two matchups between England vs. France and Turkey vs. the World Team, which will be coached by former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, are also scheduled.
Josh Barnett. Photos by Gene Blevins/Golden Boy Promotions.
A report from M-1 Global’s Russian language website stated earlier today that perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko would be facing top contender and former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett at Affliction’s third show this summer.
It’s a matchup years in the making as Barnett remains one of the only top heavyweights that Emelianenko has yet to face. However Affliction VP Tom Atencio says that the fight hasn’t been finalized as of yet:
The Russian version of the M-1 Global website announced today that Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett will finally meet at Affliction 3 in early August. However, when FanHouse contacted Affliction Entertainment VP, Tom Atencio, on Monday, he said that the organization’s third event is not a done deal.
“I haven’t finalized it yet,” Atencio said. “You know me, I like to get everything finalized before making an announcement.”
If the fight were to happen, rumor has it that it would take place in Japan as part of Affliction’s first foray overseas. Atencio was a guest at the latest edition of the M-1 Challenge last week and was said to be working on details regarding the show, which would reportedly be a co-promoted event involving a number of organizations. Affliction, M-1, DREAM, and Strikeforce are among the possible participants.