Fedor Emelianenko, the Last Emperor, and still widely regarded as the best heavyweight mixed marital artist of all time, will be gracing the good state of NJ on August 7 in support of the M-1 Americas Selection tournament.
Evgeni Kogan, M-1's Director of Operations said:
Fedor and M-1 Global are committed to finding the next generation of MMA superstars As the corner stone of the M-1 Global stable of athletes, Fedor felt it was imperative he attend the event in the US to show his support and encouragement.
The semi-final round bouts feature rising American stars; all expecting to demonstrate spectacular athleticism as they create fireworks within the ring.
Tournament fighters include:
Josh Bacallao and GeorgeSheppard Lightweight Division
Robert Rodriguez and Daniel Viscaya Light Heavyweight Division
Tom Gallicchio and Aaron Meisner Welterweight Division
Reggie Pena and Colin Schrader Welterweight Division
Shane Primm and Mike Geurin Middleweight Division
Tyson Jeffries and Plinio Cruz Middleweight Division
Byron Byrd and Mike Foster Light Heavyweight Division
Medi Hassan and Pat Bennett Heavyweight Division
Andrei Kapylov and Kenny Garner Heavyweight Division
Jose Rodriguez and Eric Oganov Welterweight Division
The M-1 Selection 2010 - Americas Final round match-ups will be determined at the conclusion of the August 7th event in preparation for the September 18th showcase of the 2010 M-1 Selection Championships.
The “M-1 Selection” is the world’s premiere MMA competition where the next generation of superstars are given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage with fighters being eliminated after only one loss; victory will advance the winning fighters throughout the tournament and earn them a trip to the championship event where they will compete for the coveted “M-1 Selection” title.
The “M-1 Selection” tournament is broken down into global regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Americas with each region hosting three rounds and a final of the ““M-1 Selection” tournament. The winning fighter in each weight class will gain the opportunity to fight on the larger international stage.
The tournament features some of the best up-and-coming fighters from each region as they begin the journey towards a tournament victory.
How to see the fights:
The Semi-Finals and Finals of the M-1 Selection tournament will take place live on August 7 and September 18 at the coveted Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets are priced from $35.00-$125.00 and are available to purchase through www.TicketMaster.com.
Doors open at 7.00 pm, first fight at 7:30 PM/ET.
Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Selection tournament will be available live to viewers worldwide on www.M-1global.com and selected affiliate partner sites.
Go to www.M-1Global.com for additional information.