Archive for May, 2009

From Russia with Glove: M-1 Selection and the State of Russian MMA — Part 1

May 30, 2009

From Sherdog.com:

“What are you eating that for?” asks Voronov, Fedor Emelianenko’s wrestling coach, as I walk back into the office at the headquarters of M-1 Challenge.

I guiltily look at the processed lattice fruit thing in my hand, executing an elegant parabola on a collision course with my mouth. Then I eat it anyway. I’m hungry, it’s 10 p.m. and the six teams of fighters, from all over Russia, staying at the M-1 training complex have rendered the fridge as empty as deep Siberia in December.

“There are ‘pelmeni’ (Russian meat dumplings) in the freezer,” says Mikhail Vladimirovich [Voronov]. “So go and make some for yourself and stop eating that rubbish!”

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From Russia with Glove: Part II

May 30, 2009

From Sherdog.com:

So it’s the following morning and did I mention I was sharing a room with Fedor Emelianenko’s youngest brother Ivan? Well I am. Being a journalist does have its perks!

Today I’ll talk with both of Fedor’s coaches about his bout with Andrei Arlovski, and the one coming up against Josh Barnett. I’ll talk to Fedor himself, while he’s at the airport waiting for a plane to go home to Stary Oskol to continue his training for the August fight.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: M-1 Isn’t Solely After a Zuffa-Built Stadium

May 30, 2009

From BloodyElbow.com:

While I’ve heard negative whisperings within the industry about M-1 and Dana White has blasted Fedor Emelianenko’s management for their outrageous requests at the negotiating table, Evgeni Kogan suggests there might be a method to the M-1 madness:

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Matt “12 Gauge” Thorpe Interview At M-1 Global

May 29, 2009

From CageWarriors.com:

The Warrior Promotions managed fighter and M-1 Team England member Matt “12 Gauge” Thorpe (12-7-0) was interviewed by M-1Global.com as he prepares to make his US debut on June 5th at the M-1 Challenge: Fifth Edition show at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Thorpe will be looking to follow-up his impressive win over Yusuke Masuda in Japan last month, when he faces the French middleweight Christophe Dafreville during the best-of-five Team England vs. Team France series on June 5th.

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Danny Giblin Added To The Team England Roster For The June 5th M-1 Challenge Event

May 29, 2009

From CageWarriors.com:

With just a week to go until their second M-1 Challenge Group A clash ,”Team England” are pleased to announce a replacement fighter for their injured Light-Heavyweight Tom Blackledge.  As the Team Quannum fighter Danny Giblin (3-2-0) has been drafted in by Head Coach Dave Butlin to face “Team France” on June 5th at the M-1 Challenge: Fifth Edition show at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Although Giblin has recently fought at Middleweight, he is a former Light-Heavyweight and has been training with Team England during their open training sessions at the Quannum Gym.  Despite his record, the Team England management and coaching staff are confident he will make a solid impression on his M-1 debut when he faces the unbeaten Frenchman Johan Romming (3-0-0) next week in the United States.

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THURS. UPDATE: DEBUTS ON TNA TONIGHT; CENA ON SUPERSTARS; FEDOR; MORE RATINGS; NIGEL RETURNS;HDNET

May 29, 2009

From the Wrestling Observer/F4WOnline.com:

Fedor Emelianenko said today he has agreed to do a match on 8/1 in Anaheim at Honda Center.  He did not say the match is official, however, or that Barnett had agreed to it.  In the promotion, they will say Fedor has beaten five former UFC champions during his career (Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman) and is going for No. 6.  Hope this kind of promotion works out better for them then it did for Pride.

M-1 Challenge tomorrow night on HDNet at 8 p.m. features Team Benelux vs. Team Finland.  Hope this kind of promotion works out better for them than it did for the IFL.

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New name, new focus

May 29, 2009

From HDNetFights.com:

After making the 2008 M-1 Challenge Championship Finals as Team Holland, last year’s squad was re-christened at the start of 2009 as Team Benelux. The change was made to more accurately portray the diversity of its roster with its fighters not only hailing from the Netherlands, but neighboring Belgium and Luxembourg as well.

Locked and re-loaded, Team Benelux is poised to return to the finals in 2009 after losing the ’08 M-1 Challenge Championship Cup to Team Imperial on its home turf in Amsterdam. Led by dynamic striker Jason Jones, Benelux began its campaign for redemption vs. Team Finland at the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener this past February at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

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Team Benelux Begins Quest for M-1 Challenge Title

May 28, 2009

From The Fight Network:

After making the 2008 M-1 Challenge Championship Finals as Team Holland, last year’s squad was re-christened at the start of 2009 as Team Benelux. The change was made to more accurately portray the diversity of its roster with its fighters not only hailing from the Netherlands, but neighboring Belgium and Luxembourg as well.

Locked and re-loaded, Team Benelux is poised to return to the finals in 2009 after losing the ’08 M-1 Challenge Championship Cup to Team Imperial on its home turf in Amsterdam. Led by dynamic striker Jason Jones, Benelux began its campaign for redemption vs. Team Finland at the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” season opener this past February at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

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Fedor Emelianenko comments on Josh Barnett

May 28, 2009

From BloodyElbow.com:

“I consider Josh as one of the truly best in MMA, I think he is really in his prime right now,” Fedor said. “Just like when I fought Cro Cop, he was in his prime as well. At that time it was one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history (and) my fight with Josh can be that as well.”

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Mousasi Responds to Belfort’s Refusal to Fight at Catchweight

May 28, 2009

From The Fight Network:

Despite former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi’s recent decision to sign a bout agreement to fight Vitor Belfort at Affliction III on Aug. 1, it appears that the bout may be in jeopardy.

In a new interview with the Brazilian MMA website Tatame.com, Belfort stated that he is only willing to fight Mousasi at 185 lbs. and indicated that he doesn’t consider Mousasi a big enough name or a big enough challenge.

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