M-1 Global and Showtime Reach TV Deal to Broadcast 4 Events in 2011

February 18, 2011
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M-1 Global is coming to Showtime.

Just over a month after M-1 Global chief Vadim Finkelstein told MMAWeekly.com that a deal was in the works between the promotion and Showtime, the deal with its new television partner has been sealed.

M-1 Global has signed a four-event deal with Showtime beginning with its March 25 event with three more following in 2011, according to MMAWeekly.com sources.

M-1 Global and Showtime are expected to make a formal announcement about the deal on Friday.

The main event for the first event will be a lightweight title fight between Artiom Damkovsky and Jose Figueroa. A middleweight title bout will also highlight the card pitting Tyson Jeffries against the winner of the upcoming March 5 bout between Magomed Sultanakhmedov and Plinio Cruz.

Former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Vinny Magalhaes will be on the March 25 card, but as of now no opponent has been named. M-1 Global is expected to announce an opponent sometime next week.

The deal will bring the European organization to a whole new audience starting in March. While M-1 Global has had exposure in the United States before now, the deal with Showtime will provide by far the best reach they’ve ever had in America.

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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    M-1 is bad for the sport and I won’t be watching.

    Boycott M-1!

  • wonggfan

    Short Bus:

    Could you care to explain why you think M-1 is bad for the sport?

    We need more competition between organizations. UFC’s monopoly is not a good thing. Only through competition can fighters get paid more.

    Are you saying M-1 sucks because they didn’t let Fedor sign wit the UFC. If this is your primary reason, i have to say that you are stupid.

  • wonggfan

    At least Fedor is making money.