M-1 Global returned to Finland on August 5th after a nine year absence. The second show for the Russian promotion M-1 Challenge 82 went down at the Hartwall Arena, the first MMA event ever at the huge arena. “We have many fighters from Finland and next year we are going to hold another event there.” says M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein as he reflected upon the 20th year of the promotion.

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“The event in Finland was really successful. Many fans came to watch our promotion and it became one of the biggest MMA events in Finland history. Scandinavia is a very interesting region for us.”

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No date has been set for the Finland show, but it is included in an ambitious international plan that also includes Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, China,, Germany and the USA.