Nick Thompson’s misfortune creates opportunity for John Doyle at “HDNet Fights presents M-1 Global Breakthrough”

Photo: - John Doyle will replace Nick Thompson to fight Karl Amoussu on Aug. 28.
Photo: - John Doyle will replace Nick Thompson to fight Karl Amoussou at "M-1 Global Breakthrough" on Aug. 28.

Amsterdam, Holland — Another significant change has been made to next Friday’s “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH” telecast (live at 10 p.m. ET), with “The Iron Bull” John Doyle stepping in to fight Karl Amoussou on Aug. 28 in Kansas City at the historic Memorial Hall (tickets available at and all local Ticketmaster outlets) following an injury to Nick Thompson.

“Nick was sparring very hard on Monday and sustained a cut,” said M-1 Global ( Vice President of Live Events Joe Kelly. “Nick alerted us immediately, and like a true fighter he had the cut glued instead of immediately getting stitches. He did everything in his power not to pull out of this fight and kept us informed all day. However, in the end, his doctor wouldn’t clear him to fight. It’s unfortunate but fighter safety always comes first.”

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HDNet televised card released for “M-1 Global Breakthrough”

“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)
  • Daisuke Nakamura (19-10) vs. Ferrid Kheder (14-3)

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M-1 Global event moved to Kansas City

Amsterdam, Holland — M-1 Global ( 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.”

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King Mo to face veteran Mark Kerr in Kansas City on Aug. 28 – Fedor vs. Mousasi sparring match

PRO MMA ( has learned that “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal will now face UFC and Pride veteran Mark Kerr on Aug. 28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo.  Kerr is taking the place of Don Frye who pulled out of the fight reportedly due to the change in venue location.

The event, “M-1 Global presents Breakthrough,” will also feature a special attraction sparring session between Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi. M-1 Global is expected to issue a press release later today with all the details.

Kerr, who was a former high school state wrestling champion, will face a wrestler of a whole different caliber when he goes against Lawal. Kerr, once one of the most feared heavyweights in the game and a former UFC heavyweight tournament champion, has dropped his last four fights, all in the first round, all in 2008.

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King Mo takes on MMA legend Don Frye Aug. 28

About a month ago PRO MMA ( first got word of a potential fight between “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal and MMA legend Don Frye. King Mo confirmed with us yesterday that the bout agreements have been signed and the fight is on.

King Mo (4-0) will face Frye (20-7-1) in the main event of “M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough” on Aug. 28, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

M-1 Global is most known for their partnerships with Affliction Entertainment and the M-1 Challenge team-based MMA tournament series. “M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough” will be the promotion’s first major solo ventuure and is scheduled to air live on HDNet.

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Rashad Evans talks about upcoming fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 88

Rashad Evans faces Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 in Atlanta on September 6, 2008.  If Rashad were to pull off a win it very well could put him in line for a title shot with Forrest Griffin.  He is one of the very few Ultimate Fighter alumni from any season who is still undefeated, yet … Read more