M-1 Global sent along the following:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
FRANCE'S TOP MMA FIGHTER KARL AMOUSSOU SIGNS MANAGERIAL CONTRACT WITH M-1 GLOBAL
Amsterdam, Holland – An impressive 2008 campaign during the M-1 Challenge has landed French welterweight phenom Karl “Psycho” Amoussou a coveted managerial contract with M-1 Global.
For Amoussou, fighting in his his blood, as he is the younger brother of former PRIDE veteran Bertrand Amoussou. Utilizing an array of explosive striking skills, the younger Amoussou went 4-1 last year while competing for Team France in the M-1 Challenge.
“We have been following Karl for several years now and always saw his great potential,” M-1 Global officials announced soon after finalizing Amoussou's new contract. “The first time he fought for M-1 WAS three years ago and we've supported him ever since. We are very proud to welcome him in the M-1 family.”
Based on his rapid progress, Amoussou has graduated from the M-1 Challenge and will now fight under the M-1 Global banner for major promotions all over the world. While not official, Amoussou's first fight under the management of M-1 could take place at DEEP 41 in Japan on April 16 against an unnamed opponent.
Despite having only competed for three years, Amoussou has amassed an impressive 9-2-1 lifetime record as a pro. He made his debut in grand style, going to a draw against noted jiu-jitsu black belt and former International Fight League veteran Marcello Salazar.
In addition to his draw against Salazar, Amoussou also holds notable wins over Dmitry Samoylov, Min Suk Heo, and season seven veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, Mike Dolce.
His last fight took place on January 10 during the first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts event in France's history. Facing Gregory Babene during the card's main event, Amoussou was victorious in front of his home country after securing an armbar submission at 3:05 of round 2.