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The M1 Challenge Storms Into Britain: Report, Results & Pictures

The M1 Challenge finally landed in Britain this Saturday, billed as the Global MMA knock out competition, it really did have British MMA fans on their feet.

Being broadcast on live TV in parts of Asia and to be shown later on Bravo, fighters from the U.K., Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Bulgaria and the USA fought it out with hope of further MMA glory. On the night the Russian team faired best, but British fighters did well too.

MMA M1 Challenge Picture 1

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Leicester based Jimmy Wallhead convincingly beat Brazilian Igor Araujo (fighting out of Switzerland) after 1 min 19 sec of the first round. The fight was stopped due to ground and pound, Araujo... unable to defend himself, was simply out classed by Jimmy.

Local boys 'Cliff Hall' and 'Christian Smith' put on a real spirited fight with Hall knocking out Smith. The fans were on their feet all the way through that one.

Fight Live (Fighter of the Night) goes to Mikhail Zayats who defeated John Cornett. A fast paced start to the action in round one as Cornett took it to the ground, but ends up being pounded relentlessly with punches from Zayats who gained side control, then the mount. Back on their feet and Zayats delivers a sweet right hook flooring Cornett, where again Zayats follows up and dished out even more ground and pound. Round one was all Zayats who kept control in every area of the ring. Seconds into round two and the battle went to the floor again with more G&P being delivered by Zayats. It was now clear that Cornett was no match for Mikhail Zayats, Cornett's corner got the message, they threw in the towel just 44 seconds into the second round.

Controversy followed Wayne Buck's defeat by Italian Matteo Minonzio. Buck's corner claiming he hadn't tapped out, but referee Marc Goddard ruled that he had. To be fair to Marc Goddard, Wayne clearly tapped the canvas several times, right under my nose, given his position and the onslaught being delivered by Minonzio, it would have been a bad referee judgment if Goddard had made any other call. Minonzio delivered a hard knee to the body of Wayne who then clearly appeared to be tapping out.

The arena was littered with VIP guests including UFC fighter Michael Bisping, Ricco 'Suave' Rodriguez, Aleksander Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi, Cheick Kongo and not least 'master of ceremonies' Ian 'The Machine' Freeman.

All in all yet another great night out for MMA fans.

Fight Results Card

Russia Legion vs. World Team

  • Musa Khamanaev DEFEATED Wim Deputter - Decision R2 5:00
  • Jason Ponet DEFEATED Sergey Verdesh - Decision R2 5:00
  • Sergey Kornev DEFEATED Rosen Dimitrov - TKO R1 2:59
  • Gadzimurad Omarow DEFEATED Niels Van Noord - Decision R2 5:00
  • Akhmed Sultanov DEFEATED Sylwester Olesky - Decision R2 5:00

Superfight

  • Christian Smith DEFEATED Clifford Hall - KO R2 0:33

Red Devil vs. Team USA

  • Mikhail Malutin DEFEATED Beau King - Submission (Rear Naked Choke) R1 4:59
  • Erik Oganov DEFEATED Brandon Magana - Decision R2 5:00
  • Dmitry Samoilov DEFEATED Bryan Harper - Decision R2 5:00
  • Mikhail Zayats DEFEATED John Cornett - Submission (Verbal) R2 0:44
  • Kiril Sidelnikov DEFEATED James Jack - TKO R1

Superfights:

  • Jim Wallhead DEFEATED Igor Araujo - KO R1 1:19
  • Matteo Minonzio DEFEATED Wayne Buck - Submission (Strikes) R1

Report: 30 Sept 2008 | Photos by: Dave Roberts

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