M-1 Global has signed a deal with Showtime to air four events in 2011 beginning with “M-1 Challenge XXIV” on March 25.
An official announcement of the deal is expected imminently.
MMAWeekly reports that the deal, which was mentioned weeks ago by M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelstein, has been officially signed.
The deal will mark the most extensive reach the promotion has received thus far in the United States.
M-1 Global is best known for being the infamous management team of Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. The promotion has co-promoted three events along with Strikeforce in which Emelianenko has been involved, including last weekends “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva” event.
“M-1 Challenge XXIV” is set to take place on Friday March 25 from Norfolk, Virginia.
The event features Artiom Damkovsky vs. Jose Figueroa in a lightweight title bout. Former The Ultimate Fighter finalist Vinny Magalhaes is also expected to compete.