Russian MMA promotion M-1 announces deal with the UFC

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According to an Instagram post from Russian MMA powerhouse M-1 Global, the promotion has signed a deal with The Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Apparently, this deal will give M-1 Challenge champions the opportunity to sign with the UFC. From the sounds of it, this deal will also see M-1 scout talent for the UFC.

See the Russian promotion’s Instagram post below.

The Russian-Chinese investment fund Mubadala Investment Company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced foundation of UFC Russia. The new company is going to promote MMA and organize new shows in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). M-1 Global is going to be a partner taking care of finding Russian athletes and preparing them for the fights. M-1 Challenge champions will get a unique opportunity to sign contracts with the UFC. M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein: «We are looking forward to further cooperation with the UFC and the Russian-Chinese investment fund working on developing young Russian talents and this will benefit our sports very much. MMA is a very popular kind of sports and cooperation of the UFC, investment fund and M-1 Global can take MMA in Russia to new level. Competition in M-1 Global is going to be even tougher and that means we are going to see even more excellent and spectacular fights!» _____ Чемпионы М-1 будут автоматом попадать в UFC «В смешанных единоборствах России будет больше ярких и зрелищных поединков» 18 июля Российско-китайский инвестиционный фонд, Mubadala Investment Company и американская компания UFC (Ultmate Fightng Championship) объявили о создании совместной компании UFC RUSSIA. Новое предприятие сфокусируется на развитии индустрии смешанных боевых искусств (MMA) в России и СНГ, займется подготовкой и проведением спортивных мероприятий под брендом UFC. Поиском и подготовкой новых ММА-атлетов в РФ займется M-1 Global, которая станет гарантированным трамплином в эту организацию – чемпионы M-1 будут автоматически переходить в UFC. «Мы с нетерпением ждем возможности работать с UFC и РКИФ над развитием молодых ММА талантов в России и СНГ, что, несомненно, поможет развитию этого вида спорта в целом. ММА уже является очень популярным видом спорта среди наших атлетов, и совместная работа с UFC и РКИФ поможет вывести ММА на принципиально новый уровень. Это означает, что в Лиге смешанных единоборств М-1 возрастет конкуренция, будет больше ярких и зрелищных поединков», – считает Вадим Финкельштейн, президент M-1 Global.

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“The Russian-Chinese investment fund Mubadala Investment Company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced foundation of UFC Russia,” this Instagram post explains. “The new company is going to promote MMA and organize new shows in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). M-1 Global is going to be a partner taking care of finding Russian athletes and preparing them for the fights. M-1 Challenge champions will get a unique opportunity to sign contracts with the UFC.”

This Instagram post also includes a statement from promotional President Vadim Finkelchtein.

“We are looking forward to further cooperation with the UFC and the Russian-Chinese investment fund working on developing young Russian talents and this will benefit our sports very much,” Finkelchtein says in this statement. “MMA is a very popular kind of sports and cooperation of the UFC, investment fund and M-1 Global can take MMA in Russia to new level. Competition in M-1 Global is going to be even tougher and that means we are going to see even more excellent and spectacular fights!”

This news was also confirmed by Russian MMA journalist Denis Geyko of RT Sport.

“UFC officially singed a deal with M-1 Global,” Geyko said on Twitter. “M-1 will now become a farm league for the UFC. M-1 champions will have a [guaranteed] option to sign UFC contract.”

At the time of this writing, the UFC has not yet commented on this deal.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/18/2018.