Another day, another controversy for M-1 Global. Hot on the heels of the controversy surrounding their loss of a major financial backer, and their lack of a promoter's license for California,where M1's "Breakthrough" event was scheduled to take place on August 28th, the main event has now taken a hit with the departure of Don Frye from his scheduled bout with Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal. MMA Junkie has the report:
Frye's opponent, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, released the information in a recent video blog posted on YouTube.
"Don Frye, I guess, pulled out because he didn't like the location of the fight," Lawal says in the video. "It was originally supposed to be in Los Angeles, but I guess they moved it to Kansas City or something. I'm trying to still get that payday, so they're going to find a replacement to take his spot."
Sources close to the event have since confirmed Frye's withdrawal from the card with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), as well as the relocation of the event to Kansas City.
As the quote mentions, M-1 has now decided to relocated the event to Kansas City, Missouri, where the organization held a previous event in its team-format "M-1 Challenge" series back in June. It appears that Frye was unhappy with the event being moved to a location that's not exactly a hotbed for MMA or media exposure. The report also suggests that a replacement is being sought, and will likely be announced on Monday, but no further details have been released at this time.
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