Saturday, July 2, 2022

M-1 Global Makes Good On “Cooperation” Promise

Sweta Shah sent along the following:

M-1 Global Makes Good on 'Cooperation' Promise

New York City, NY, December 6, 2007 — Even before M-1 Global, LLC produces its first event, the newest major mixed martial arts promotion is already making good on its pledge to “work with other organizations.

Organizers for the Yarennoka! New Year's Eve event in Japan announced last week that their main event will feature M-1 Global superstar Fedor Emelianenko (against an opponent yet to be determined) at the 22,000-seat Saitama Super Arena.

Fedor is generally considered the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in world and owns a 26-1 record and was the heavyweight champion of the former Pride event. Fedor attended a press conference in Tokyo recently and told a huge media group that he was “excited to be fighting again in Japan… and hoped this would be a great beginning of M-1 Global's presence in Japan.”

Monte Cox, M-1 Global CEO, joined other fight executives in a press conference on November 28, 2007, and praised the “combined efforts of many organizations” to make the Yarennoka! event a success.

“My hope is that this is the start of a new way to promote fighting events in Japan,” Cox said. “Instead of fighting against each other, we are all here working together, which will prove to be better for both the fans and promoters of the sport.”

Also speaking at the press conference were Fight Entertainment Group’s (K-1) Sadaharu Tanigawa, DEEP president Shigeru Saeki, and former Pride executive Nobuhiko Takada.

“This is something Fedor really wanted to do,” Cox said. “He has a huge following in Japan and the New Year's Eve events are legendary here. We're hoping this is the start of a long and successful effort for M-1 Global in Japan.”

Two bouts for the NYE event were also announced. Two time HERO'S champion Gesias Calvancante will take on Shooto world champion Shinya Aoki and current DEEP champion Hidehiko Hasegawa will fight Japanese legend Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.

Dennis Spencer, executive vice president of SFX Media and television representative for M-1 Global said, “In this spirit of cooperation, we are looking forward to bringing the outstanding event to television viewers around the world on both a live and tape-delayed basis.”

About Sibling Entertainment Group, Inc.

Sibling Entertainment Group, Inc., a company filing voluntarily with the SEC as a 1933 Securities Act company, is an entertainment development and production company based in New York City that finances, develops and produces plays and musicals for the live stage, independent feature films and other entertainment projects through four wholly-owned subsidiaries: Sibling Theatricals, Inc., (STI); Sibling Pictures, Inc., (SPI); Sibling Music Corporation (SMC); and Sibling Properties, Inc., (SPPI). We seek to create synergies that will enable each subsidiary to build off of one another’s successes. For more information, access the Sibling website at

About Blue Equity

Blue Equity’s holdings in sports are comprised of SFX Worldwide, Worldwide Football, Blackwave Sports, Team Championships International (TCI), Game Seven Sports Marketing and Humarks. Current clients include Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, NFL Pro Bowlers DeAngelo Hall and Will Smith, NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace, 2007 NBA Lottery picks Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer, Australian, French and US Open Champion Justine Henin, US Open Champion Andy Roddick, No. 1 doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan, MMA star Houston Alexander, Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith, Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe and Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy. Media & Event properties include the US Open Tennis Championship, the French Open Tennis Championship, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, numerous US-based ATP tournaments, Rock ‘n Racquets, Hoop It Up, Let It Fly, Kick It, the Boston Marathon, the Superstars Competition, the AVP Beach Volleyball tour, Ice Wars, the World Cup of Softball, Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge, the Men’s and Women’s Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships and the Men’s Ford Tennis Championship.

Blue Equity, LLC is an independent, private equity firm based in Louisville, Kentucky. It is committed to actively investing growth capital and business expertise in enterprises with solid development potential. Blue Equity forms strategic partnerships with existing management teams and leverages its expertise and relationships to stabilize, strengthen and grow lasting value. Investment efforts and managerial expertise are focused on the operation of a global and diversified portfolio of business enterprises, including opportunities in media, publishing, sports and entertainment, financial services, real estate and international trade. Blue Equity is dedicated to helping businesses grow by accelerating opportunity and driving innovation to the marketplace.


Want to advertise your site in this space? E-mail the website staff today!

Related Articles

Follow MMA News

Related Articles