M-1 Global: ZUFFA-Strikeforce deal is not affecting us in any wayPosted on March 13, 2011, 05:05 AM by Anton Gurevich
M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan declared in an interview to MMAWeekly.com that nothing will change in relationship between M-1 and Strikeforce/Showtime. Fedor Emelianenko still has two fights left on his newly signed contract with Strikeforce, while M-1 have a TV deal with Showtime for five Challenge events. Here's what Kogan had to say:
“Fedor’s contract is with Showtime Networks Inc. and we’re excited to be working with such a premium North American outlet. The purchase of Strikeforce doesn’t affect M-1 at all,” Kogan stated. “Our TV deal is with Showtime and we’re happy. It’s business as usual for M-1 Global as we close into our March 25 event.”
The March 25th event Evgeni Kogan is talking about will be headlined by M-1 Challenge Lightweight Title collision between Artiom Domkovsky and Jose Figueroa. Co-main event will feature Tyson Jeffries and Magomed Sultanakhmedov, who will battle for the vacant M-1 Challenge Middleweight Title. The event will take place at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia.