Team Russia Red Devil defeats Team Holland at M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals

AMSTELVEEN, the Netherlands, which is located several minutes north of Amsterdam, was the host of the M-1 CHALLENGE 2008 FINALS on January 11, 2009. Team Russia Red Devil clashed with Team Holland for the main trophy of the inaugural M-1 Challenge season. Team Red Devil walked away the victors winning four of the five bouts. Here are the results:

Team Red Devil vs. Team Holland Finals results:
(HW) Alexey Oleinik def. Jessie Gibbs by sub. (choke) in rd 2
(LHW) Mikhail Zayats def. David Haagsman by sub. (armbar) in rd 1
(MW) Jason Jones def. Dmitry Samoilov by unanimous decision
(WW) Erik Oganov def. Romano de los Reyes by unanimous decision
(LW) Mikhail Malyutin def. Bogdan Christea by split decision
Superfights results:
(LHW) Toni Valtonen def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO (strikes) in rd 3
(MW) Radmir Gabdulin def. Hoon Kim by sub. (triangle choke) in rd 2
(HW) Sang Soo Lee def. Ricardo Wondel by TKO (hand injury)
(HW) Enoc Solves Torres def. Seung Bae Whi by unanimous decision

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Free live stream: M-1 ‘Final Challenge’ on Jan.11

On January 11th, Team Holland takes on Team Russia Red Devil at M-1 ‘Final Callenge’ in Amstelveen, the Netherlands at the Special Sports Centrum Arena. MMA fans get a special treat as the event will be streamed live on the M-1 Global website: www.m1mixfight.com beginning at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST (21:00 Moscow Time) this Sunday.

The event, which features the two teams in a battle for the championship title of the inaugural M-1 Challenge season, also features four ‘super bouts’. Here is the line up for the nine-bout fight card:

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Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic out for six months

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Flipovic ended 2008 on a relative high note by defeating the Korean ‘Techno Giant,’ Hong Man Choi at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Saitama, Japan.

‘CroCop’ won the fight with chopping leg kicks; the last collapsing the massive Korean’s leg causing him to fall to the ground.

As many fans saw, Mirko entered the ring with his classic attire of wrestling shoes but also both knees wrapped in braces. The fight itself was short of any major fireworks and we may now know why.

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve results

The New Year’s Eve DYNAMITE!! event has come and gone in Saitama, Japan. We have posted the fight videos from this event HERE. There were some incredible fights with some big upsets.

Melvin Manhoef knocked out Mark Hunt in the first round with a big right hook. Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez by heel hook in round 1 (just as I predicted) to win the WAMMA lightweight title.

Badr Hari received payback for illegally kicking his last opponent in the head after the ref had stopped the action by receiving a first round knockout from Alistair Overeem. Bob Sapp even defeated a cartoon. Here are the full results:

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve (videos)

K-1 Dynamite!! Intro:

Many more DYNAMITE!! videos for your viewing pleasure…

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Definite date set for M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals

M-1 Global is now stating that a definite date has been set for the M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals:

The definitive date and time of the M-1 Challenge 2008 Finals have been set. On January, 11th in Amstelveen which is located just several minutes to the north of Amsterdam, the long-anticipated finals will be held. Special Sports Centrum will host the event and Team Holland will clash with Russia’s Red Devil for the main trophy of the inaugural M-1 Challenge season. 

The M-1 Challenge Finals were originally scheduled to be held in Seattle, Washington on December 26, 2008 but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions.

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M-1 reschedules M-1 Challenge finals

Team Russia Red Devil and Team Holland, as well as several superfights were originally scheduled to take place at the 2008 M-1 Challenge finals at the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino on Friday, December 26 in Seattle, Washington.

However, due to extreme weather conditions, it was not going to be possible for M-1 to transport the fighters to Seattle in time for the event. The Seattle area has been experiencing below freezing weather, snow mixed with freezing rain, and fog. The rest of the week’s forecast looks just as bad.

The M-1 Challenge finals have been rescheduled to take place in Amsterdam either on December 28 or January 4.

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Bob Sapp vs. anime character at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 New Year’s Eve card

If you thought you’d seen everything the strange world of Japanese fighting could possibly think of, think again! K-1 has announced that Bob Sapp (9-3-1) will be facing Japanese anime character, Kinniku Mantaro on New Year’s Eve.

Actually, Japanese wrestler, Akihito Tanaka (0-0), will be wearing a Kinniku Mantaro mask. It has been reported that Tanaka will wear the mask during the bout. Oddly enough, Tanaka is considered to be a serious heavyweight prospect making his MMA debut in K-1.

Akihito Tanaka is a seven-time All-Japan wrestling champion. Many Japanese pundits give him a better than average chance to win the fight against Sapp should he survive the opening minutes of the bout.

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Chicago gets new MMA organization: Mayhem Promotions holds first event

“Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world.” We hear this phrase all the time.

Critics ask, “Is MMA getting more popular or is it just the UFC?” The answer is, MMA is becoming more and more popular.

The proof of MMA’s rising popularity is evident in places like Chicago, Illinois where a brand new MMA organization entitled Mayhem Promotions recently held it’s very first fight card: “Disorderly Conduct” with over fifteen hundred fans in attendance.

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Badr Hari comments on incident at K-1 GP 2008

As you probably know Badr Hari was suspended, fined, and stripped of his K-1 Heavyweight Title for his actions against Remy Bonjasky at the K-1 2008 Grand Prix. Here’s an interview with Badr Hari following the incident and after receiving his reprimand. Please like & share: