M-1 needs some star power for its ill fated M-1 “Breakthrough” event on August 28, so the promotion has decided to put on an if exhibition match instead. Fedor Emelianenko will take on Gegard Mousasi in a exhibition sparing fight.
The whole event was recently moved from LA to the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, just three weeks before the show.
Headlining the event will be King Mo vs Mark Kerr, Mo was to take on Don Frye, but Frye refused the fight after the change of venue was announced.
Here’s a bit from the M-1 press release,
“We were blown away by just how popular Fedor’s exhibition vs. Aoki in Japan was …. Fedor and Gegard have sparred many times together and the sessions have always been intense. Now fight fans watching on television and those attending live in Kansas City will get a rare glimpse at two of the best fighters in the world sparring each other.”
M-1 exec Joost Raimond on the change of venue, “The change in venues is unfortunate, however, the change was necessitated due to circumstances beyond our control,” said M-1 Global Chief Operating Officer Joost Raimond. “We had a partner in Los Angeles that backed out of certain commitments. However, instead of letting fighters and fans down by cancelling the event, we worked diligently to find a new location in Kansas City. At no point in time did we entertain the idea of canceling our first ‘Breakthrough’ event.”