The M-1 Global Twitter account announced that they have reached a partnership with the UFC.

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The post mentions that “M-1 Challenge champions will get a unique opportunity to sign contracts with the UFC. M-1 Global is going to be a partner of UFC Russia taking care of finding Russian athletes and preparing them for the fights.”

The Russian-Chinese investment fund Mubadala Investment Company and the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced foundation of UFC Russia. The new company is going to promote MMA and organize new shows in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

“We are looking forward to further cooperation with the UFC and the Russian-Chinese investment fund working on developing young Russian talents and this will benefit our sports very much,” M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein said. “MMA is a very popular kind of sports and cooperation of the UFC, investment fund and M-1 Global can take MMA in Russia to new level. Competition in M-1 Global is going to be even tougher and that means we are going to see even more excellent and spectacular fights!”

The next M-1 Global event is set for Saturday with featherweight champion Khamzat Dalgiev defending his title against Nate Landwehr from Ingushetia, Russia.