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M-1 Selection 2010 – Americas Semi Finals Match Ups Set

New York City, New York (July 28, 2010) – M-1 Global’s highly anticipated 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; Fedor Emelianenko attending as a special guest.

“We had some interesting challenges present themselves due to illness and injury that required some changing to the card,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations of the mixed martial arts powerhouse, M-1Global. “Reggie Pena was invited back as a wildcard but had to withdraw due to health reasons. Fans can count on seeing him back soon.

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.

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

The M-1 Selection 2010 – Americas Final round match-ups will be determined at the conclusion of the August 7th event in preparation for the September 18th showcase of the 2010 M-1 Selection Championships.

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 Semi-Finals and Finals of the M-1 Selection tournament will take place live on August 7 and 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 live to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites.

Go to for additional information.

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