A special sparring exhibition match between Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi, and a main event fight between “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal and “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr were part of M-1 Global’s “Breakthrough” event in Kansas City on Aug. 28, 2009.
If you are one of the people filling my email and facebook inboxes with fanatical Mark Kerr love, please stop. Apparently, my comments in the last Weekend Picks article about “The Smashing Machine” have lit the fuse of some of PRO MMA’s more incendiary readers.
I did mock those who claimed the main event of M-1 Breakthrough was a “trap fight” for Muhammed Lawal. I also alluded to the fact that Mark Kerr is not and never was a great heavyweight. Apparently this view is so outlandish and controversial that one fine gentleman found it necessary to dub me a “Brock Lesnar Noob.” I can only assume this is worse than your everyday “TUF Noob.”
King Mo took on Mark Kerr at M-1 Global’s “Breakthrough” event in Kansas City on Friday. Mo was the heavy favorite. Even so, few people probably expected the fight to end so quickly and brutally. Pay attention to Kerr’s mouthpiece during the replay. Please like & share:
Kansas City, Kansas — Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal showed stateside fans exactly what all of the hype surrounding him was all about as he made surprisingly short work of UFC veteran Mark Kerr in the main attraction of “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 BREAKTHROUGH”, which aired live on in the United States on HDNet and around the world via Internet PPV on www.M-1Global.com.
While many in attendance were aware of the fact that Kerr was coming into the fight as a heavy underdog, having taken the fight on just two weeks notice, few expected for the contest to end as suddenly, and as violently as it did.
PROMMA.INFO will be bringing you live play-by-play results and commentary for tonight’s “HDNet PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL: BREAKTHROUGH.” Headlining tonight’s card is our buddy King Mo Lawal taking on “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr. Kerr will have the weight advantage weighing in at 263 lbs., while Mo weighed in at 219 lbs. Live from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo., this is M-1 Global’s first major card in the U.S.
Also on the card tonight will be a special sparring exhibition match between Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko.
Muhammed Lawal (5-0) def. Mark Kerr (15-11, 1 NC) by TKO (Punches) at 0:25 of Round 1
Karl Amoussou (11-2-1) def. John Doyle (8-9, 1 NC) by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:15 of Round 1
Lucio Linhares (13-4) def. Mikhail Zayats (9-4) by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:00 of Round 1
Jessie Gibbs (9-2) def. Rob Broughton (10-5-1) by Unanimous Decision
Michael Kita (6-3) def. Lloyd “Kadillac” Marshbanks (18-9) by Submission (Strikes) at 1:50 of Round 1
Daisuke Nakamura (20-10) def. Ferrid “The Hurricane” Kheder (13-5) by Unanimous Decision
Kansas City, Missouri – Considered by many pundits to be nothing more than an opponent for Karl “Psycho” Amoussou, John “The Iron Bull” Doyle sent a message Thursday afternoon during weigh-ins for “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 BREAKTHROUGH” that he did not venture to Kansas City to lose.
Amoussou vs. Doyle will be just one of seven total bouts to be featured during Friday’s HDNet telecast (10 p.m. ET) that will emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City (tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com).
After weighing in, both Doyle and Amoussou were asked to partake in a pre-fight stare down intended as nothing more than a photo opportunity. However, what ensued was nearly a premature start to “Breakthrough,” with Amoussou and Doyle looking eager to lock horns a day early.
I said last week that there would be no excuse for a bad week, and I came through in spades. I went 10-0 with 3 NCs, which brings my overall record to 24-5 (5 NC). For those keeping track at home that is an 83% picking rate. This week should be a little tougher as we take a look at cards from the UFC, M-1 Global, Shooto Brazil, and NAAFS. As always, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion in the comment section.
Shooto Brazil 13 Siyar Bahadurzada (14-4-1) vs. Leandro Silva (14-5)
In this contest for the Shooto 183-pound world title, Sengoku veteran Siya Bahadurzada will have a clear edge in the striking department. Expect him to be able to land shots from the outside, but Silva will be able to get takedowns and implement a top game. Silva will not have the submission game to finish the fight, but he should get enough takedowns to take the fight and the title. Pick = Leandro Silva
Kansas City, Kansas – With less than one week to go until Friday’s “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH” event live from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, M-1 Global officials have released the final 12-bout card.
With six televised bouts scheduled to air during the HDNet telecast (10:00 p.m. ET, check local listings for channel availability) plus a special sparring exhibition between M-1 fighters Fedor Emelianenko and newly-crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, a five-bout undercard has been assembled for the local crowd planning to attend (doors open at 7:00 p.m. CT).
“M-1 Global: Breakthrough” is scheduled to air live on HDNet on Fri., Aug. 28. The event will be headlined with a heavyweight bout between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and MMA legend Mark Kerr. There will also be a special feature sparring exhibition between Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi.
The following fights will be on the HDNet televised portion of the card beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET:
Muhammad Lawal (4-0) vs. Mark Kerr (15-10)
Nick Thompson (38-11-1) vs. Karl Amoussou (10-2-1)
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Gegard Mousasi (sparring exhibition)
Lucio Linhares (12-4) vs. Mikhail Zayats (8-3)
Jesse Gibbs (7-2) vs. Rob Broughton (10-4-1)
Lloyd “Kadillac” Marshbanks (17-8) vs. Michael Kita (5-3)
Amsterdam, Holland — M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) officially announced Monday morning that its August 28 “Breakthrough” event scheduled to be televised live in the U.S. has been moved from the Los Angeles Convention Center to the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City.
“The change in venues is unfortunate, however, the change was necessitated due to circumstances beyond our control,” said M-1 Global Chief Operating Officer Joost Raimond. “We had a partner in Los Angeles that backed out of certain commitments. However, instead of letting fighters and fans down by cancelling the event, we worked diligently to find a new location in Kansas City. At no point in time did we entertain the idea of canceling our first ‘Breakthrough’ event.”