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“M-1 Selection: Americas” set for April 3 from Atlantic City

John Doyle

AMSTERDAM, Holland (March 24, 2010) – “M-1 Selection” is changing the sport of professional Mixed Martial Arts by giving new and upcoming fighters an opportunity to gain global recognition by competing in M-1 events held all over the world.

The opening round of “The M-1 Selection: Americas”, featuring 11 entertaining fights, will be held Saturday, April 3 at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

It kicks-off the American edition of a global MMA tournament, unrivaled in size and scope, showcasing 160 of the most promising fighters from all around the world competing in five weight classes.

The “M1 Selection Americas” match-ups include the following fights:

Tournament Fights

Lightweights

Pat “Awesomely Awesome” Audinwood (8-0-1), Cortland, NY vs. Robert Connor (7-2-0), Martinsburg, WV

Dennis Bremidez (2-0-0), Harrisburgh, PA. vs. Don Carlo-Clauss (6-3-0), Rochester, NY

George “Lights Out” Sheppard (6-2-0), Newport News, VA vs. Mervin Rodriguez (3-4-0), Amsterdam, NJ

Welterweights

Vagner “Curio” Fernandes (0-1-0), Newark, NJ vs. Tom Moreau (1-0-0), Derry, NH

Brian DeMuro (2-6-0), Blackwood, NJ vs. Mike Winters (1-0-0), Webster, NY

Josh Smidt (5-8-0), Sioux Falls, SD vs. Colin Schrader (2-0-0), Cortland, NY

Middleweights

Todd “The Hulk” Chatelle (4-3-0), Pawtucket, RI vs. Mike Geurin (6-1-0), Dallas, PA

Plinio Cruz (2-2-0), Newark, NJ vs. John “The Iron Bull” Doyle (8-11-0), Allentown, PA

Three non-tournament super fights are also on tap:

The super fights feature a lightweight match between undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist: Renato Migliaccio (6-0-0), fighting out of Greenwich (CT) by way of Brazil, against New York’s John Salgado (3-2-1).

Philadelphia’s highly-regarded flyweight Sedico Honorio (5-1-0) takes on Nebraska veteran Josh Rave (18-6-0), while Kuwait featherweight Rami “Arabian Nightmare” Ibrahim, now based in Philadelphia, makes his long-awaited pro debut against New York City’s Lennox Chance at a 130-pound catchweight featuring two of the top kickboxers in the country. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

About M-1 Selection:

The “M-1 Selection” is a knockout competition. Fighters are eliminated after only one loss while two victories earn fighters a trip to the championship to earn a shot at a coveted “M-1 Selection” title.

The “M-1 Selection” tournament is broken down into four global regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Americas. Each of the four regions will host three rounds and a final of the ““M-1 Selection” tournament. The winning fighter in each weight class will join the team to represent his region in the 2010 M-1 Challenge.

The “M-1 Selection Americas” event will showcase elimination fights in the lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight categories. Winners advance to the Americas second knockout round.

The tournament will feature some of the best up-and-coming fighters from each region as they begin the journey towards a tournament victory.

An Americas light heavyweight and heavyweight round is also scheduled for this spring and will take place to determine the semi-finalists for the region.

How to see the fights:

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Selection tournament will be available live to viewers worldwide on www.Sherdog.com.

Tickets, priced at $55.00-$95.00, are available to purchase through www.TicketMaster.com

Doors open at 6.30 pm, first fight at 7:00 PM/ET.

Go to www.M-1Global.com for additional information.

13 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    How are they changing the sport of MMA by doing what Bellator is already doing?

  • Guthookd says:

    M-1 blows.

  • Rece Rock says:

    M-1 Stay out of: America

  • David Andrest says:

    Yeah, it’s a terrible thing to provide fights for fighters. You won’t let Fedor sign with the UFC , all fighters should be punished.

  • RoadsideGraphix says:

    I’ll be there…. This should be interesting.

  • Rece Rock says:

    since were on a sarcasm kick…

    Tickets, priced at $55.00-$95.00

    Is there a NASA space launch that day??

    … oh and you can go see Bellator live for as cheap as $25 bucks.

  • Guthookd says:

    since were on a sarcasm kick…Tickets, priced at $55.00-$95.00Is there a NASA space launch that day??… oh and you can go see Bellator live for as cheap as $25 bucks.  (Quote)

    But Rece, the fighters at Bellator have winning records…where’s the fun in watching guys fight who have potential.

  • $55 is pretty pricey for what amounts to a local/regional show.

  • Guthookd says:

    I have another one.

    M-1 Selections: Doing the best we can with guys who will fight for free

    OK, that was my last dig on M-1.

  • blue says:

    M-1 continues to serve as a constant reminder as to why co-promotions don’t work in MMA.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m all for putting on more fights and giving young potential paydays and attention, I was just confused as to how this is groundbreaking.

    I don’t know how the contracts are made with M1, I’m sure they have some level of compensation that makes up for the incredibly low salaries that are reported. I may not agree with some of their tactics, but if they offer more people a way into the sport I can’t really complain too much.

  • Niv says:

    M-1 continues to serve as a constant reminder as to why co-promotions don’t work in MMA.  

    Can you explain your statement please.

    I fail to see how M1 putting on a tuf type series equals co-promotion, and furthermore how that equate to being bad for mma.

    Enlighten me please.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Yeah M1 are evil. I mean the UFC does business in a completely different way. They are very reasonable and manage to work with others well. Dana always tells it like it is and does business for the good of MMA and not just for the UFC’s growth.
    We are still on the “sarcasm kick” aren’t we?.
    Co-promotions have worked for Affliction, Dream, WVR, Strikeforce, K1, Pride and Elite. Just because Fedor is having problems negotiating with SF does not mean it doesn’t work. He will be fighting for them after all. How many times has the UFC had problems negotiating with it’s fighters?. To blame it on co-promotion is wrong.
    By the way M1 is already in America with SF.
    Is it really M1’s fault that negotiations failed with Fedor and Mousasi?. Perhaps there are 2 sides to the story. Hendo, Diaz, Overeem, Sheilds, Aoki, Sylvia and Arlovski all had negotiation difficulty with the UFC and they have nothing to do with M1. Could the UFC be in some way …um I don’t know famously hard to negotiate with?. How dare M1 play the same game.

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