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M-1 To Launch Team Challenge 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.

From m1mixfight:

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.

Muay Thai
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 MalutinCasimir Bendy

-76kg Erik OganovKhacha Mohamed (to be confirmed)

-84kg Dmitri SamoilovAmassou Karl

-93kg Mikhail ZayatsDaffreville Christophe

+93 Kirill SidelnikovAssenin 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

Single Bouts

Brian Lo-A-Njoe vs Sergey Bytchkov

Dave Dalgliesh vs Kamil Uygun

Oktay Karatas vs Furdjel de Windt

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