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MMA Promotions 101: History repeats itself

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 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.

  • intenso

    somebody call Ted Turner.

  • Jonathan

    The World Fighter became Elite XC didn’t it?

  • fightlinker

    No … the World Fighter couldn’t follow up with any of the money they promised and fell off the face of the earth.

  • Royal B.

    I think the only difference between the two is that M-1 was tangible before it’s “big deal”.