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M-1 Global Continues Worldwide Expansion
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Author:  NWOWolfpack [ Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:19 pm ]
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M-1 Global Continues Worldwide Expansion

In nearly 20 years since its founding, M-1 Global has promoted 215 events, including more than 2,000 matches, in 17 different countries on three continents.

M-1 Global's homeland of Russia has hosted, of course, the most events with 128. Followed by Yuri Fuuta-led Belarus, which in only five years (2010 to 2014) has presented 29 competitions, and Ukraine, led by Dmitry Khristyuk, with 20.

While the three leading hosts of M-1 events are former Soviet Union-bloc nations, the fourth leading host in the MMA World is the United States with 10: 8 independent, M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge and M-1 Breakthrough, which showcased a rising star at that time, "King" Mo Lawal, versus Mark Kerr in the main event, as well as two super shows in partnership with Affliction, in which Fedor Emelianenko crushed former UFC champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski.

In the 2009-2010 era of team World Cup and M-1 Challenge, the most widely traveled around the world, included events held in the Netherlands (5 Teams), Japan (4 Teams), Finland (2 events), along with one-time events in Brazil, England, Spain, Bulgaria and Germany. Representing their country's national teams in these competitions were the likes of UFC and Bellator fighters such as Gegard Mousasi, Stefan Struve, Jake Ellenberger, Karl Amossou, Gu Hyun Lim, Christian M`Pumbu, Mikhail Zayats, Dave Jansen, Hakran Diaz, Daniel Weichel and Niko Puhakka, the future winner of Grand Prix KSW.

M-1 Global's recent history in Georgia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan added to its collection of diverse location events, plus an unprecedented event in China for any MMA organization, the inaugural show, "Battle in Heaven," was held in Beijing, followed by the Chhendu stage of the tournament, "Road to M-1". Also, the "Road to M-1" project was a trial for M-1 Global's move into Germany.

Seventeen countries have hosted M-1 Global events as the Russia-based organization continues to expand its borders. Future M-1 Global plans include hosting events in the UAE, Indonesia and Monaco.

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