Josh Bacallao and Josh Thorpe: Lightweight Undercard Battle Set for the M-1 Selection 2010 – Americas Final

New York City, New York (August 30, 2010) – With the M-1 Selection tournament finals taking place Saturday, September 18th, 2010 at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, M-1 Global is set to create an equally impressive undercard with bouts featuring tournament returnees and newcomers to the M-1 ring; Bacallao and Thorpe will faceoff to determine positioning on the M-1 Global lightweight contender ladder.

“The Finals bouts are going to show the world that M-1 Global is finding tomorrow’s superstar MMA fighters,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1Global. “The Americas Finals will be a great event as the finalists are vying for the title of being crowned the 2010 Selections Champion while the undercard fighters are jockeying for position on the contenders ladder.”

The Final round bouts feature rising American stars who are one victory away from being crowned the M-1 Selection champion in their respective weight classes.

Tournament Finalists and undercard matchups include:

Jose Figueroa and George Sheppard                    Lightweight Division

Tom Gallicchio and Len Bentley                               Welterweight Division

Tyson Jeffries   and Mike Geurin                              Middleweight Division

Byron Byrd        and Daniel Vizcaya                         Light Heavyweight Division

Kenny Garner   and Pat Bennett                               Heavyweight Division

Shane Primm   and Bristol Marunde                        Middleweight Division

Josh Bacallao   and Josh Thorpe                             Lightweight Division

  • Additional bouts to be announced

The M-1 Selection 2010 – Americas Finals match-ups go down Saturday, September 18th and the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Champions will be crowned.

The “M-1 Selection” is the world’s premiere MMA competition where the next generation of superstars are given the opportunity to showcase their skills on the world stage with fighters being eliminated after only one loss; victory will advance the winning fighters throughout the tournament and earn them a trip to the championship event where they will compete for the coveted “M-1 Selection” title.

The “M-1 Selection” tournament is broken down into global regions: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Americas with each region hosting three rounds and a final of the ““M-1 Selection” tournament. The winning fighter in each weight class will gain the opportunity to fight on the larger international stage.

The tournament features some of the best up-and-coming fighters from each region as they begin the journey towards a tournament victory. 

How to see the fights:

The Finals of the M-1 Selection tournament will take place live on September 18 at the coveted Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets are priced from $35.00-$125.00 and are available to purchase through

Doors open at 7.00 pm, first fight at 7:30 PM/ET.

Free broadcast coverage of the entire 2010 M-1 Selection tournament will be available at a later date to viewers worldwide on and selected affiliate partner sites.

Go to for additional information.

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