Team USA East rallies to beat Finland 3-2 at M-1 Challenge Kansas City

Despite having only accepted a fight on 36 hours notice, Team USA East heavyweight Lloyd Marshbanks was the deciding factor in his team’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Team Finland on Friday night in Kansas City.

Marshbanks was added to the Team USA roster after Mike Ottman did not receive medical clearance from the Kansas Boxing Commission.

Listed on some fight databases at 16-8, industry insiders believe that Marshbanks is 50-8, with many of his fights taking place in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and also in California before mixed martial arts was legal. Marshbanks improved to 17-8 officially after submitting Toni Valtonen at 0:55 of round 2 due to a neck crank.

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M-1 Challenge back to Kansas City on June 5

We at PRO MMA ( are always on the look out for MMA’s up-and-coming talent, potential future stars of tomorrow. A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to one such heavyweight prospect by the name of Liron Wilson (4-2) and we talked with him the day prior to his fight at King of the Cage.

Wilson fought Jason Bedker at KOTC: EL LOBO on May 23rd in Colorado and walked away with an armbar submission victory just 1:09 into round one. A few days following the bout, Wilson received the short notice offer to fight on the June 5th card at the M-1 CHALLENGE event in Kansas City, Missouri.

Because Wilson’s victory came so quickly and he came out of the May 23rd fight unscathed, he jumped at the prospect of fighting at the June 5th M-1 CHALLENGE event. Wilson will be representing Team Turkey as they take on the World Team and his opponent will be Michael Kitta.

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M-1 Challenge returns to Kansas City on June 5 when Team USA East takes on Team Finland

Renato Migliaccio will fight at lightweight for USA East
Renato Migliaccio fights lightweight for USA East

PRO MMA ( was notified on Monday that the fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to take place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0), looking to remain in first place in Group C, taking on Team Finland (1-0).

While USA East and Finland both are undefeated, USA East leads by the slimmest of margins as it holds a one fight advantage in the first tie-breaker category of individual fight record.

In addition to the headline challenge fight between USA East and Finland, two additional matchups between England vs. France and Turkey vs. the World Team, which will be coached by former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, are also scheduled.

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