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M-1 announces February event at the Playboy Mansion

M-1 Global will become the second-ever mixed martial arts promotion to host an event from the famed Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on February 21, 2009.

The announcement was made official late this week on the promotion’s English-language website.

Strikeforce became the first promotion ever to host a show at the Mansion on Sept. 29, 2007. The promotion then returned to host a second event against this past September.

The Feb. 21 date is expected to be one of the first events of 2009 for the second season of the M-1 Challenge, with the first season set to conclude on Dec. 26 in Seattle, Washington with Team Russian Red Devil set to square off with Team Holland in the finals.

The M-1 Challenge can currently be seen in the United States on a tape-delay basis every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on HDNet. However, the announcement on the M-1 English-language site indicates that the Playboy event is under consideration to be televised live on HDNet.

According to the promotion’s announcement, matchups for the Playboy show are expected to consist of Team USA vs. Team Brazil, Team Japan vs. Team UK, and the Russian Imperial Team vs. Team Spain.

M-1 Global has been running MMA events for over 10 years and in addition to promoting the M-1 Challenge, the company represents some of the world’s top fighters, including WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and his younger brother Aleksander, DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, and 19-year old heavyweight prospect Kiril “Baby Fedor” Sidelnikov.

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