M-1 Global’s M-1 Selection 2010 Americas Semi-Final world tournament bouts have been finalized with the live event taking place August 7, 2010 at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Even bigger news is that Fedor Emelianenko will be attending as a special guest! Yes, that is right, the recently dethroned top ranked fighter, although not to Tim Sylvia, will be doing a special media session with journalists (and me too, somehow) and then an autograph session with the hordes of East coast fans who will flock to the event.
I attended the last two M-1 Global shows and they were pretty enjoyable. It is a rare thing to see a ring still used in MMA, and at the last show it caused a few snags, but the fights were still good with plenty of knockouts and submissions. UFC veteran and hometown boy Tom Gallichio makes his return along with TUF veteran Shane Primm, as well as some other local standouts and ATT fighters. It’s almost a Florida VS New Jersey card, so it will be interesting to see what kind of crowd this draws.
The semi-final round bouts feature rising American stars expecting to show spectacular performances in order to solidify a berth in the Finals on September 18, 2010. Tickets are priced from $35.00-$125.00 and are available to purchase through www.TicketMaster.com, but the Fedor event is FREE! For those unable to attend in person, free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Selection tournament will be available live to viewers worldwide on www.M-1global.com and selected affiliate partner sites.
See the tournament bracket after the jump with some familiar names, including UFC and TUF veterans!
Tournament fighters include:
Josh Bacallao and GeorgeSheppard Lightweight Division
Josh Thorpe and Jose Figueroa Lightweight Division
Tom Gallicchio and Aaron Meisner Welterweight Division
Leonard Bentley and Colin Schrader Welterweight Division
Shane Primm and Mike Geurin Middleweight Division
Tyson Jeffries and Plinio Cruz Middleweight Division
Robert Rodriguez and Daniel Viscaya Light Heavyweight Division
Byron Byrd and Sammy Collingwood Light Heavyweight Division
Mehdi Hassan and Pat Bennett Heavyweight Division
Andrei Kapylov and Kenny Garner Heavyweight Division