M-1 CHALLENGE Season Opener

From Northwest Fight Scene Magazine:

M-1 Global, in conjunction with the Emerald Queen Casino and Brian Halquist Productions, held the opening event of the 2009 M-1 Challenge Season, presented by Affliction. Billed as the “World Cup of MMA”, the M-1 Challenge has 16 national teams, split into 4 groups that will compete against each other in a round robin format at events to be held around the globe. Each team has five members, Lightweight through Heavyweight, that go head to head with member’s of the opposing team’s corresponding weight class. For this first show of the 2009 season, 6 of the 16 teams were present, with 30 athletes ready to fight for and represent their respective countries. From Group B, Team USA West were pitted against Team Brazil Naja, while the Imperial Team of Russia were facing Team South Korea. From Group C, Team Benelux (Holland, Luxembourg, and Belgium) were going up against Team Finland. This show was a quick sell-out and a rousing success as the crowd was definitely into it, getting a chance to witness world class International MMA action!

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