M-1 Announces Fighter of the Year Awards


M-1 Global’s M-1 Challenge is a mixed martial arts competition conducted in a team format.  M-1 handed out awards in recognition of individual performances during its inaugural season.

Most Outstanding Fighter – Nominees were:

  • Jessie Gibbs of Team Holland,
  • Jarno Nurminen of Team Finland,
  • Daisuke Nakamura of Team Japan.

Winner: Jessie Gibbs of Team Holland.   Gibbs went 3-0 in M-1 action in 2008.  Unfortunately, he did lose in the final, which was held in 2009.  Check out Jessie Gibbs M-1 Challenge 9 fight here.

Most Exciting Fighter – Nominees were:

  • Bogdan Christea of Team Holland,
  • Mikail Malyutin of Team Russian Legion,
  • Maktar Gueye of Team France.

Winner: Bogdan Christea of Team Holland. Christea went 1-1 in 2008 in two exciting matches.  Like Gibbs, Christea lost his Final’s match to his Red Devil opponent.

Most Promising Fighter – Nominees were:

  • Jake Ellenberger of Team USA
  • Kirill Sidelnikov of Russia Red Devils
  • Juan Manuel Suarez of Team Spain

Winner: Kirill Sidelnikov of Russia Red Devils.  Sidelnikov went 4-1 in M-1 competition in 2008 (2-1 in M-1 Challenge Competition).  Sidelnikov took a step up at Affliction Day of Reckoning where he was defeated by Paul Buentello.

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