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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

No Holds Barred: Evgeni Kogan of M-1 Global 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Evgeni Kogan, the director of operations of M-1 Global.
In the changing business landscape of mixed martial arts, M-1 Global has continued to expand its activities around the world. The M-1 Challenge 24 event on March 25 from Norfolk, Virginia, was one of the best cards of the year, and drew good ratings on Showtime in the U.S. Now they are busy planning their next event, M-1 Challenge 25, for Thursday, April 28, from the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
We spoke on Tuesday with Evgeni Kogan, who had just arrived in St. Petersburg to oversee that event. We discussed some of the top fighters on the M-1 Global roster, and when we will be seeing them fight next, including in the U.S. He explained the business relationship between M-1 Global, Showtime, and Strikeforce, and why that has not changed thus far even after the buyout of Strikeforce by Zuffa. We also discussed the growing role of Russia and Eastern Europe in the combat sports world and in sports in general, and much more.
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