Archive for February, 2009

From Russia With Blood, Beauty, and Beasts

February 26, 2009

From Slate Magazine:

“Russian soil/ Loves, loves blood.”—Anna Akhmatova

All respect to the late Archduke Ferdinand, but the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 was arguably the most significant conflict of the 20th century.

Looking for a quick war to distract attention from his corrupt government, Czar Nicolas II thought he had an easy mark in the Japanese and then proceeded to get his royal ass handed to him. If he had won, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 fails, Stalin dies in obscurity, and Hitler has no early eastern ally. If Japan loses, its arrogant imperial militarism is discredited, China isn’t invaded, Chairman Mao dies in obscurity, Pearl Harbor never happens, and Hitler has no Pacific ally.

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Affliction’s M1 Global Challenge season opener – results & summary

February 25, 2009

From ProMMA.info:

PRO MMA (promma.info) was live at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on February 21st for the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener. There were a total of 30 fighters, 15 fights, and six teams which included Team Benelux vs. Team Finland, Team South Korea vs. Team Imperial Russia, and Team USA West vs. Team Brazil. It was a great start for the new season and the following is a summary of the night’s events.

The first matchups were Team Finland vs Team Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemborg). The first bout, the lightweights, started off like gangbusters. Both guys were throwing and landing blows from their feet in an almost carefree manner, it was a great fight to start off the night and the already intoxicated crowd loved it! The decision could have went either way after two rounds, but the Benelux fighter, Danny Van Bergen got the nod from the judges with a unanimous decision.

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SOUTH KOREA UPSETS 2008 CHAMPS AT M-1 OPENER

February 25, 2009

From MMAWeeky.com:

In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

A capacity crowd witnessed an outstanding show featuring 30 fighters from six teams in three head-to-head matchups for a total of 15 fights. In addition to Russia Imperial Team’s upset, the debuting USA Team West gave the partial crowd in attendance a major upset victory by defeating the debut Brazil Naja team by a score of 3-2.

Finland also asserted itself as a legitimate contender for the 2009 championship with a dominant 4-1 victory over 2008 second-place finishers Team Benelux (formerly Team Holland).

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M-1 Challenge “Rocks” Seattle

February 24, 2009

From DreamFighters.com:

DreamFighters.com was LIVE and Front row to witness M-1 Challenge making BIG waves in Seattle. With a night full of great fights, some worthly of “Fight Of The Year”, M-1 Challenge’s production quality vibrated with a sense of old PrideFC, and the feeling of new age warriors.

Tacoma, Washington – In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

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Finland, South Korea, and USA West ignite M-1’s 2009 Challenge

February 24, 2009

From FiveOuncesOfPain.com:

Tacoma, Washington — After debuting their team-based round robin tournament last year, M-1 Global held the first round of the 2009 M-1 Challenge this weekend at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The event pitted six teams in best-of-five “dual meet” action, ending with redeeming wins for Team South Korea, Team USA West, and Team Finland.

Marketed as the “World Cup of MMA,” the M-1 Challenge resumes this year with an expanded roster of 16 teams from 10 countries split into four groups. New additions are teams from Brazil, Turkey, England, China, Bulgaria, and a second team from America, Team USA West. Last year’s rendition saw ten teams split into two groups of five, each team fighting four times within that group.

Coincidentally, the two name changes this year – Team Imperial and Team Benelux – met in the 2008 M-1 Challenge finals as Team Russia Red Devil and Team Holland, respectively. The Red Devils beat the Dutch 4-1 to become the inaugural M-1 Challenge champions.

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SHERDOG Photo Gallery from M-1 Season Opener

February 24, 2009

Here is a link to Sherdog.com’s photo gallery from the M-1 Challenge season opener:

http://www.sherdog.com/pictures/event/pictures-m-1-challenge-12-16322

2009 M-1 Challenge Opener Results

February 23, 2009

From MMAFighting.com:

South Korea’s Victory over defending 2008 Champions Russia Imperial Team Leads Night of Upsets at the 2009 M-1 Challenge Opener

Tacoma, Washington – In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

A capacity crowd witnessed an outstanding show featuring 30 fighters from six teams in three head-to-head matchups for a total of 15 fights. In addition to Russia Imperial Team’s upset, the debuting USA Team West gave the partial crowd in attendance a major upset victory by defeating the debut Brazil Naja team by a score of 3-2.

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South Korea Defeats Russia At M-1 Challenge 2009 Opener

February 23, 2009

From MMANews.com.com:

South Korea’s Victory over defending 2008 Champions Russia Imperial Team Leads Night of Upsets at the 2009 M-1 Challenge Opener

Tacoma, Washington – In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

A capacity crowd witnessed an outstanding show featuring 30 fighters from six teams in three head-to-head matchups for a total of 15 fights. In addition to Russia Imperial Team’s upset, the debuting USA Team West gave the partial crowd in attendance a major upset victory by defeating the debut Brazil Naja team by a score of 3-2.

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Night of Upsets at the 2009 M-1 Challenge Opener

February 23, 2009

From MMAFrenzy.com:

Tacoma, Washington – In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

A capacity crowd witnessed an outstanding show featuring 30 fighters from six teams in three head-to-head matchups for a total of 15 fights. In addition to Russia Imperial Team’s upset, the debuting USA Team West gave the partial crowd in attendance a major upset victory by defeating the debut Brazil Naja team by a score of 3-2.

Finland also asserted itself as a legitimate contender for the 2009 championship with a dominant 4-1 victory over 2008 second-place finishers Team Benelux (formerly Team Holland).

South Korea’s Do Hyung Kim sent a message to the Imperial Team’s Mikhail Malyutin that his decision to move from welterweight to lightweight was made with the intention of displacing Malyutin as the M-1 Challenge’s top fighter at 155 pounds. After a spirited two rounds, the judges awarded Kim a unanimous decision victory.

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M-1 Challenge 2009: South Korea shocks Russia, USA edges out Brazil

February 23, 2009

From MMAMania.com:

In a stunning upset, Team South Korea defeated the defending 2008 M-1 Challenge Champions Russia Imperial Team (formerly Russia Red Devil) by a score of 3-2 during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino near Tacoma, Washington.

A capacity crowd witnessed an outstanding show featuring 30 fighters from six teams in three head-to-head match-ups for a total of 15 fights. In addition to Russia Imperial Team’s upset, the debuting USA Team West gave the partial crowd in attendance a major upset victory by defeating the debut Brazil Naja team by a score of 3-2.

Finland also asserted itself as a legitimate contender for the 2009 championship with a dominant 4-1 victory over 2008 second-place finishers Team Benelux (formerly Team Holland).

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