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Monday, July 20, 2009


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Amsterdam, Holland - During last June's M-1 Challenge, M-1 Global officials held an MMA event in one of the most unique venues ever to host an MMA event with multiple episodes taped on the deck of "The Flying Dutchman."

And next week M-1 will re-visit last year's groundbreaking event at "The Dutchman," a converted Yacht now serving as a high-end restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia owned by M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein. That's because the ship has been chosen to serve as the next venue for the M-1 Selection fight series.

The fifth edition of the M-1 Selection is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET/20:30 St. Petersburg time with fighters from Red Devil in St. Petersburg, Sochi Star in Sochi, the Crazy Bears of Perm, Russia Legion from Rostov on Don, the Combat Bears of Nizniy Novgorod, Action Force from St. Petersburg, RusFighters of St. Petersburg, and the National Team of Dagestan all slated to compete on Neva River.

Fight fans from all over the world will be able to witness the spectacle live, free of charge, via www.M-1Global.com and www.Mixfight.ru.

The M-1 Selection is the newest fight series created by M-1 Global and serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2010 M-1 Challenge. Using a points system that combines individual wins with team wins, the winners of Group A and Group B are scheduled to meet in November with the winning team being awarded the opportunity to represent its home country in next year's Challenge.

Russia Legion currently holds a slim two-point lead over Action Force in Group B with 16 points compared to Action Force's 14. With both teams set to compete tomorrow (Tuesday), a playoff berth will be at stake. Legion currently is the division leader in Group D of the M-1 Challenge with a 2-0 record.

In Group A, Red Devil, which competes under the name Team Imperial in this year's M-1 Challenge, leads the division with 18 points. Much like Legion, its hold on first place is narrow, as Team Anapa is right behind in second place with 16 points. Once again, both teams will be competing next Tuesday with playoff implications on the line.

And courtesy of M-1, fight fans will be treated to all the action free of charge tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT live on M-1Global.com and Mixfight.ru.


M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) has been one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the world for over a decade. International MMA stars who have fought under the M-1 banner have included Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Karl Amoussou, Andrei Arlovski, Aleksander Emelianenko, Daisuke Nakamura, Keith Jardine, Alistair Overeem, Yushin Okami, Ben Rothwell, Mike Pyle, Melvin Manhoef, Roman Zenstov, Denis Kang, Martin Kampmann, Amar Suloev, and Chalid Arrab, to name a few.

Billed as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts," the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events sponsored by partner Affliction that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world. Broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions.

The "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction" affords MMA prospects all over the world an opportunity to test their skills, gain valuable experience at the international level, and become future stars in the sport of MMA. Fighters who succeed on the M-1 Challenge's international breeding ground will earn the opportunity to participate in major MMA events presented by M-1 Global and their promotional partners such as Affliction Entertainment.