M-1 Challenge TV Report (Korea vs. Russia Imperial)

From the Wrestling Observer:

Returning for a second season in 2009, M-1 Global and Affliction Entertainment present M-1 Challenge 2009.  Dubbed the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a year-long round-robin tournament which pits national teams of MMA fighters in a series of dual meets which take place in countries across the world.  This year, the M-1 roster has grown from 10 to 16 teams, with additional teams hailing from the US, Turkey, Brazil, Benelux, and Bulgaria.

Rules of the M-1 Challenge are primarily PRIDE-based, with three judges scoring two five-minute rounds (with the possibility of a third round in the event of a draw).  Elbows to the head or the throat of an opponent are illegal, as is kicking or kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.  Team standings are based on team victories, followed by cumulative individual match victories.

Last season, Team South Korea lost to Team Imperial by a score of 4-1, so of course the Koreans have revenge on their minds.  Team Imperial, formerly known as Team Russia Red Devil, is comprised of Fedor Emelianenko’s fellow training partners.  Their name change reportedly came about as a decree from the Last Emperor himself, as Emelianenko’s recent Born Again revelation moved him to disassociate himself with anything “devil”-related.

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