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M-1 Global: Fight Promoter Extraordinaire

(Later Fedor realized that when he had asked whether they could swing by the toy store on their way home from the press conference, Vadim’s response, "We’ll see," actually meant no.)

As we heard over and over again during the the ill-fated negotiations between the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko’s management squadron, M-1 Global is a big time fight promoter and major player on the worldwide MMA scene.  In fact, that’s part of their justification for insisting that the UFC hand over half their profits in exchange for the privilege of having Fedor blast his way through their heavyweight class.  They’ve promoted fights “all over the world,” so everyone else has to pay up.

Only maybe M-1’s execs got a little too distracted while trying to shake down other MMA organizations, because they forgot to actually get a promoter’s license, meaning their planned August 28 event in California – the one where “King Mo” Lawal and Don Frye are supposed to get it on – seems kind of screwed.’s Josh Gross mentioned in his podcast that M-1 never even applied in California, where they had initially planned to hold an event as part of an MMA convention in Los Angeles.  Then there were rumors that they might move the event to Nevada, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Kizer says he’s never even spoken to anyone at M-1.  

There was talk that they might try and put on the show through established promoter Roy Englebrecht, which is do-able, legally speaking, but eventually they’d still need to actually fill out some paperwork.  Their response?  Screw it, let’s move this thing to some lawless wasteland:

Kizer says when he told Engelbrecht to have an M-1 promoter fill out an application he was told the following day, “They’re going to do it in the Midwest instead.”

Sounds like some top-notch promotions people are steering the ship at M-1.  With their event roughly three weeks away, they’ve narrowed it down to a geographic region.  Oklahoma seems like the front-runner to get the event thus far, though who knows what could happen between now and the end of the month.  

The M-1 Global website, which is a marvel in itself, has nothing about the event at all at the moment.  Then again, they also have a section for their  fighter roster which really lets you know how much time they’ve put into this whole web marketing thing.

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Seoul Brother- August 7, 2009 at 5:26 am
Wow, M-1 is a bunch of delusional assholes.
1)They think they can just throw an event without securing promoter's licenses in California and Nevada?
2) Let's assume they still want to throw their bullshit MMA-fest originally scheduled for the end of August in some other US market. I expect Elvis to come back sooner than they'll be able to whip up an event in a market that has an already established fan base. With all due respect to MMA fans in big sky country, it does M-1 Global NO GOOD AT ALL to throw an event somewhere if their brand doesn't have the recognition it needs to support the revenues to be even mildly profitable.
3) Their website is a joke. Just for starters, they may want to remove the "presented by Affliction" graphic. Their copywriting is as awkward as Helen Keller in a moshpit. They may want to hire people who know what they're doing, but that's assuming they are anything more than rich, dick-brained douchebags with broadband.
Bovice- August 7, 2009 at 1:24 am
I think M-1 stands for Solntsevskaya.
rockybalboa25- August 6, 2009 at 10:38 pm
Fedor is great for promotions like Rings, Pride, Bodog, and Affliction. RIP Strikeforce.
Clyde- August 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm
And we thought they had all their eggs in one basket. Two baskets people.

My god, they've just left the height/weight etc blank for Karl Amoussou as well. Did all their homework on that one clearly.
Joedirt- August 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Not that I like M1.... but how do we know it was HALF that they wanted.... isn't it just speculation?
831 Son- August 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm
What a worthless organization run by incompetent clowns. Im glad Dana told these losers to fuck themselves after they turned down that contract offer.

And this is why UFC is the best. Everyone else is dumb as fuck and can't run things correctly.
El Famous Burrito- August 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Is not that we no fill out application. We fill out papers, then leave them in other pants.

Other pants in Russia.

Yes. This is correct story.
Biv37- August 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm
If I pay the $15 registration fee, can I fight for M-1 Global?
bleve- August 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Sounds like Strikeforce would be able to promote it for them, I wonder if they're exploring that.
Jay Smith- August 6, 2009 at 11:49 am
Dana will let him stay at his place to hide out from the Russian Mafia. I just think he "wants" to fight in the UFC, but he has a boss that he has to listen to right now who is "only" after as much money as possible, not what us fans want.
agentsmith- August 6, 2009 at 11:48 am
LOL @ Deadpanda. "What a country!"
agentsmith- August 6, 2009 at 11:46 am
In Russia, "paperwork" means brown manilla envelopes full of rubles.
Deadpanda- August 6, 2009 at 11:33 am
Stupid, unsophisticated Americans. In mother Russia, License Applications fill out you!
Art Gibs- August 6, 2009 at 11:29 am
Fedor might want to leave M-1 when his contract is up, but will he? If the rumors about M-1's connections to the Russian mafia are true, then Fedor might decide that taking it in the rear from Finkelstein is better than taking it in the face from a gun.
shitwhistle- August 6, 2009 at 11:12 am
HOLY CRAP!! Not only does M-1 have Fedor in their stable.... they have Karl Amoussou!! Yes THAT Karl Amoussou!!

Oh I know, I couldn't believe it either....
BuckWild- August 6, 2009 at 11:11 am
I am in Indianapolis and I think it was just announced that We are getting MMA regulated. Now the UFC could come to our new stadium.
Jay Smith- August 6, 2009 at 11:06 am
Fedor will leave them after his contract is up.
Vegas- August 6, 2009 at 11:04 am
I resent that lawless wasteland comment.

Being from Oklahoma, I wish more mainstream MMA, or larger organizations, would start coming here more consistently. I jump all over the ones that do manage to come through. Hopefully the UFC Fight Night in OKC will be decent.

But I have no issues with people bringing more face punching to OK. We need it. Badly.
LukeTheDuke- August 6, 2009 at 11:04 am
hahahah 2
BuckWild- August 6, 2009 at 11:03 am
M-1 is a one man show. They need co-promotion to exist. I wonder if they will exist after Fedor's contract with them is up.
C.B.- August 6, 2009 at 11:02 am
I clicked the link to their fighter roster and all it say's is FUCK YOU PAY ME! Actually click it, it's even funnier.
Marcer- August 6, 2009 at 11:02 am
What a dope Dana is for not wanting to hand half of the promotion efforts over to these guys.