New York City, New York (September 6, 2010) – The M-1 Selection tournament finals take place Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the evening’s fights feature tournament returnees and newcomers to the M-1 ring; Fioravanti rounds out a full card as he squares off against Weatherby for positioning on the M-1 Global middleweight contender ladder.

“The American Selections tournament has uncovered great talent and the Finals is going to be an amazing night of fights,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1Global. “The undercard plays a huge role in mapping out our return to Atlantic City in December for the Challenge event. 2011 is shaping up to be a highly successful year for M-1Global.”

The Final round bouts feature rising American stars who are one victory away from being crowned the M-1 Selection champion in their respective weight classes.

Tournament Finalists and undercard matchups include:

  • Jose Figueroa   and George Sheppard                Lightweight Division
  • Tom Gallicchio  and Len Bentley                            Welterweight Division
  • Tyson Jeffries    and Mike Geurin                           Middleweight Division
  • Byron Byrd         and Daniel Vizcaya                      Light Heavyweight Division
  • Kenny Garner    and Pat Bennett                            Heavyweight Division
  • Shane Primm    and Bristol Marunde                     Middleweight Division
  • Josh Bacallao   and Josh Thorpe                           Lightweight Division
  • Aaron Meisner  and Jose Rodriguez                     Welterweight Division
  • Luigi Fioravanti and Woody Weatherby                Middlewight Division

The M-1 Selection 2010 – Americas Finals match-ups go down Saturday, September 18th and the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Champions will be crowned.

The “M-1 Selection” is the world’s premiere MMA competition where the next generation of superstars are given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage with fighters being eliminated after only one loss; victory will advance the winning fighters throughout the tournament and earn them a trip to the championship event where they will compete for the coveted “M-1 Selection” title.

The “M-1 Selection” tournament is broken down into global regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Americas with each region hosting three rounds and a final of the ““M-1 Selection” tournament. The winning fighter in each weight class will gain the opportunity to fight on the larger international stage.

The tournament features some of the best up-and-coming fighters from each region as they begin the journey towards a tournament victory. 

How to see the fights:

The Finals of the M-1 Selection tournament will take place live on September 18 at the coveted Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets are priced from $35.00-$125.00 and are available to purchase through

Doors open at 7.00 pm, first fight at 7:30 PM/ET.

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Selection tournament will be available at a later date to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites.

Go to for additional information.

About M-1 Global:

Founded in 1998 by Vadim Finkelchtein and Sergey Matvienko, M-1 Global has established itself in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA) as the premiere entity for discovering and developing the world’s next-generation of superstar fighters. With offices in St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and affiliates in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo and Paris, the M-1 brand stages  its M-1 Selection, M-1 Challenge, M-1 Breakthrough events worldwide and its co-produced Strikeforce events in the United States; captivating the live, television and broadband audiences with its superior production values and match-ups.

M-1 Global’s greatest asset is the number one heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko. With daily coverage on all MMA-related websites in the world, and articles in Time Magazine, LA times and New York times, Fedor and M-1 Global make a lifetime match serving as the catalyst to grow MMA in the 21st century.

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