Posted 3/24/07 5:29:00PM
M-1 Global's Aug. 28 event, "Breakthrough," has suffered another setback as Don Frye has backed out of the evening's main event.
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.
SI.com first broke the news that "M-1 Breakthrough" would not be happening in Los Angeles in conjunction with IMMAE, an international MMA trade show. Much was made of M-1 Global's lack of a promoter's license in California, but sources close to the event point to a financial backer withdrawing its commitment as the real culprit.
While M-1 Global has yet to make an official announcement regarding a venue in Kansas City, the organization would most likely look to Memorial Hall, the same venue that hosted a June event from the company's "M-1 Challenge" team-vs.-team event series.
Sources close to the event said a replacement for Frye is likely to be announced as soon as Monday, and the show – which will be broadcast on HDNet – will go on despite the changes.
Posted 7/19/07 11:27:00AM
Good, I think Don should stay retired. I think he would just get KTFO by King Mo, a replacement will be found for sure. I'm surprised M-1 is still trying to actually put on the show, I thought they were just co-producing things?
Posted 6/28/07 1:10:00AM
He wanted Fedor....bring it on M-1!
Actually bring in Jason Guida or Jason Lambert... something like that...I don't want Mo to be rushed into things too quickly, he has some potential and personality to be pretty big in the sport
Posted 6/21/07 4:27:00PM
KC, MO in the house!
But I wont be going to this....
Posted 4/2/07 3:58:00AM
stay retired? he wasn't retired....
Posted 7/10/07 6:44:00PM
Man and they were hyping the sh!t out of tha fight on inside mma yesterday I felt bad for babalu to have to sit inbetween those 2 trash talking oh well its that much sooner for mo to be in the ufc
Also seemed like mo was scared of babalu
Posted 4/30/07 3:11:00PM
And M-1 want to co-promote with the UFC....!!!
They didn't even think to get a promoter's license.
Posted 4/8/07 11:09:00PM
In my country... you don't license the promoter... the promoter licenses you.
(Showing my age with that one)