Hmmm. This whole M-1 thing sounds kinda familiar. Oh yeah:
Former UFC champion Frank Shamrock (Pictures) has signed a one-year, multi-million dollar contract with “The World Fighter,” a new mixed martial arts promotion set to debut January 2007, Shamrock confirmed to Sherdog.com Thursday morning.
Shamrock, who called the agreement with The World Fighter a “deal of a lifetime,” is slated to fight in Las Vegas on the January pay-per-view card versus a yet-to-be announced opponent.
In addition to main event “super fights,” The World Fighter intends to promote tournament-style events pitting 16 fighters per weight class.
Cesar Gracie (Pictures) has been tabbed as the event’s matchmaker and he’s already signed several fighters, including brothers Nick and Nathan Diaz (Pictures) as well as Jake Shields (Pictures).
If you ask me, the new M-1 is gonna be “The World Fighter” for 2007. Expect the wheels to come off this thing before the end of the year.