Amsterdam, Holland – During last June’s M-1 Challenge, M-1 Global officials held an MMA event in one of the most unique venues ever to host an MMA event with multiple episodes taped on the deck of “The Flying Dutchman.”
And next week M-1 will re-visit last year’s groundbreaking event at “The Dutchman,” a converted Yacht now serving as a high-end restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia owned by M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein. That’s because the ship has been chosen to serve as the next venue for the M-1 Selection fight series.
The fifth edition of the M-1 Selection is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET/20:30 St. Petersburg time with fighters from Red Devil in St. Petersburg, Sochi Star in Sochi, the Crazy Bears of Perm, Russia Legion from Rostov on Don, the Combat Bears of Nizniy Novgorod, Action Force from St. Petersburg, RusFighters of St. Petersburg, and the National Team of Dagestan all slated to compete on Neva River.
The M-1 Selection is the newest fight series created by M-1 Global and serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2010 M-1 Challenge. Using a points system that combines individual wins with team wins, the winners of Group A and Group B are scheduled to meet in November with the winning team being awarded the opportunity to represent its home country in next year’s Challenge.
Russia Legion currently holds a slim two-point lead over Action Force in Group B with 16 points compared to Action Force’s 14. With both teams set to compete tomorrow (Tuesday), a playoff berth will be at stake. Legion currently is the division leader in Group D of the M-1 Challenge with a 2-0 record.
In Group A, Red Devil, which competes under the name Team Imperial in this year’s M-1 Challenge, leads the division with 18 points. Much like Legion, its hold on first place is narrow, as Team Anapa is right behind in second place with 16 points. Once again, both teams will be competing next Tuesday with playoff implications on the line.