m1mixfight.com is reporting that M-1 Global is launching a new project called M-1 Challenge. The first event is scheduled to take place in Holland on March 2nd. The first event will have four teams from Russia, France, Holland, and Germany.
There are also unconfirmed reports that Randy Couture will be heading up an American team, but we have yet to find a source to back up this claim.
Click after the jump for the team rosters.
M-1 Global is launching a new project – M-1 Challenge that will show the best teams all over the world battle it out against each each other. The events will take place in different countries. Each team will consist of 5 MMA-fighters competing in the following weight categories: 70, 76, 84, 93, +93
Based on the information from the Dutch MMA sites the teams (and their respective trainers) from the following countries will be represented:
Russia – Fedor Emelianenko
Finland – Petteri Maunu
Spain – Alexandro Iglesias
Germany – Human Niklasmak
Poland – Maciej Kawulski
Skandinavia – Marco Leistens
France – Bertrand Amoussou
Holland will be represented by 2 teams under Remco Pardoel and Bob Schrijber.
March,2: The inaugural M-1 Challenge show is scheduled to take place in Holland (Topsportcentrum in Almere) where 4 teams will be placed in brackets with one fighter in each weight class competing against an athlete from another country.
Anuwat Kaewsamrit vs TBA
Saenchai Sor Kingstar vs Rachid Bellaini
Samranchai 96Penang vs Menno Dijkstra
Andy Souwer vs Yodsaenklai Fairtex
Germaine de Randamie vs Maria Verheijen
Ali Gunyar vs Farid Villaume
M-1 Team Challenge Russia vs France
Red Devil (Russia) – Team Amossou (France)
-70kg Mikhail Malutin – Casimir Bendy
-76kg Erik Oganov – Khacha Mohamed (to be confirmed)
-84kg Dmitri Samoilov – Amassou Karl
-93kg Mikhail Zayats – Daffreville Christophe
+93 Kirill Sidelnikov – Assenin Akim
M-1 Team Challenge Holland vs Germany
+93kg: Jessie Gibbs vs Thorsten Kronz
-93kg: Gegard Mousasi vs Jacoub Ünül
-83kg: Jason Jones vs Daniel Weichel
-73kg: Romano de los Reyes vs Franco de Leonardis
-65kg: Jordy Peute vs Robert Scott Westermann
MMA Single Bouts
Brian Lo-A-Njoe vs Sergey Bytchkov
Dave Dalgliesh vs Kamil Uygun
Oktay Karatas vs Furdjel de Windt