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Pat Bennett: Pumped Up for Kenny Garner at M-1 Challenge 26

Written on July 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Pat Bennett is all geared up! Not against Guram Gugeneshvili, but to avenge his loss to Kenny Garner.

Though his heavyweight title shot for M-1 Global was scrapped, Pat Bennett is still glad to revenge his loss against Kenny Garner at M-1 Challenge 26.

“As much as I wanted to get a title fight, to avenge one of my losses is just as good. I’m definitely pumped about that.”

It should be recalled that Pat Bennett was defeated by Kenny Garner last September at M-1 Selection 2010 Americas Finals. That said, he’s working on his striking in preparation for his rematch against Kenny Garner. But not only does Pat Bennett feels all geared up, he’s also ready to headline M-1 Global’s second live broadcast on Showtime.

A victory at M-1 Challenge 26 will earn him a shot for the heavyweight title. And is Guram Gugeneshvili is not yet back in the mix, Pat Bennett is willing to make himself busy.

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Kenny Garner vs Pat Bennett Headlines M-1’s next Showtime Event

Written on June 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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M-1 will make its second promotional effort in Showtime on July 8, featuring a heavyweight match between Kenny Garner and Pat Bennett.

M-1 announced last Tuesday that their second promotional event in Showtime will air from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California. Headlining the upcoming event is a heavyweight bout, pitting Kenny Garner and Pat Bennett.

Kenny Garner will replace Guram Gugenishvili, who was forced out of the event due to injuries in his left arm and wrist. Pat Bennett, on the other hand, is coming from a decision win over Alexander Volkov. Their match-up will serve as a rematch, since both fighters met in September 2010 and Kenny Garner won via first round TKO in M-1 Selection Americas Tournament.

The upcoming tournament will mark M-1’s second installment in Showtime, and will kick off on July 8.

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Fedor is Likely to Extend Contract with Strikeforce, but No Opponent Yet

Written on August 13, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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"So far I feel very comfortable fighting, very good with my fighting, and I'm planning [to fight] as long as I can physically. As far and I'm concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for four to six fights." - Fedor Emelianenko

After a general agreement that Fedor Emelianenko’s days as a Strikeforce fighter is soon to be over, he pointed out how happy he is with the California-based promotion. And guess what? The “Last Emperor” is likely to sign another deal. For him, another contract of four to six fights should be discussed.

Rumors has it that after his lost against Fabrico Werdum two months ago, M-1 was in a brink of bankruptcy due to loss by its principal assets. A huge portion of the company’s revenue came from cross promotional agreements that they were able to secure with Strikeforce. However, most of it came pretty much from every Emelianenko’s promotional fights. Therefore. when Fedor’s stock dropped together with his lost against Werdum, M-1 has lost some of its bargaining power also. Still, extending the Last Emperor’s contract with Strikeforce promotion is the best deal that they can make. It is because M-1’s client options are somewhat limited in North America, and that they can gain more revenue if they renew their co-promotional agreement with Strikeforce.

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