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M-1 Challenge back to Kansas City on June 5

We at PRO MMA (promma.info) are always on the look out for MMA’s up-and-coming talent, potential future stars of tomorrow. A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to one such heavyweight prospect by the name of Liron Wilson (4-2) and we talked with him the day prior to his fight at King of the Cage.

Wilson fought Jason Bedker at KOTC: EL LOBO on May 23rd in Colorado and walked away with an armbar submission victory just 1:09 into round one. A few days following the bout, Wilson received the short notice offer to fight on the June 5th card at the M-1 CHALLENGE event in Kansas City, Missouri.

Because Wilson’s victory came so quickly and he came out of the May 23rd fight unscathed, he jumped at the prospect of fighting at the June 5th M-1 CHALLENGE event. Wilson will be representing Team Turkey as they take on the World Team and his opponent will be Michael Kitta.

The event which will air on HDNet will feature Team USA East taking on Team Finland, England taking on France, and Team Turkey taking on the World Team. This will mark the second time in less than ten months that M-1 CHALLENGE has held an event in Kansas City.

M-1 Global live events President Jim Kelly commented on returning to the Missouri,

“We packed the Voodoo Lounge this past October, proving that Kansas City is a rising market for MMA. It truly was one of the most-attended events in M-1 history. But now with the lure of a total of 15 M-1 Challenge fights, we felt we needed to book an even larger venue. Tickets sales have been very strong and we’re looking forward to another big show.”

FIGHT CARD:

USA East vs Finland
Renato Migliaccio vs Niko Puhaka
Anthony Ford vs Janne Tulirinta
Valdir Araujo vs Lucio Linhares
Rodney Wallace vs Marcus Vanttinen
Mike Ottman vs Toni Valtonen
England vs France
Ian Butlin vs Makhtar Gueye
Simon Phillips vs Gael Grimaud
Matt Thorpe vs Christophe Dafreville
Danny Giblin vs Johan Romming
Rob Broughton vs Soufian Elgarne
World Team vs Turkey
Romano De Los Reyes vs Akin Duran
Diego Gonzales vs Faith Dogan
Nathan Schouten vs Ahmed Bayrak
Ryan Sturdy vs Abdullah Ahmady
Michael Kitta vs Liron Wilson

Here are the full team rankings breakdown as of May 30th: Team Rankings Breakdown

By:  Jack Bratcher

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