M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan spoke to Bloody Elbow Radio on Thursday to discuss all the latest happenings with M-1 Global, including M-1 Challenge 24 tonight on Showtime. The card begins at 11 p.m. ET on Showtime and features two title fights.
0:30 - What it means to be on Showtime
1:06 - How the deal with Showtime came about
1:40 - Was M-1 looking for other U.S. TV deals?
2:43 - Can M-1 make a splash in the competitive U.S. market?
4:05 - Will M-1/Showtime have patience to allow the show to grow?
5:30 - On not relying on UFC castoffs
6:50 - Dispute with Ariel Helwani
7:47 - Can M-1 be the No. 2 promotion in America?
9:25 - Turning around the negative perception of M-1
11:06 - Marketing non-English speaking fighters to the American market
12:40 - On what exactly he does with M-1
13:24 - On some specifics of the M-1/Showtime deal
14:03 - What should first-time M-1 fans expect?