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Don Frye Pulls Out of M-1 Global’s “Breaktrough” Event

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
August 8th, 2009
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Vadim Finkelstein

It looks like M-1 Global’s “Breakthrough” event just isn’t meant to be. Their major debut in the U.S. took another devastating hit as main event fighter Don Frye has pulled out of his scrap against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.

King Mo made the “official” announcement on a recent YouTube video blog.

“Don Frye, I guess, pulled out because he didn’t like the location of the fight,” Lawal states. “It was originally supposed to be in Los Angeles, but I guess they moved it to Kansas City or something. I’m trying to still get that payday, so they’re going to find a replacement to take his spot.”

This news comes on the heels of Thursday’s report by SI.com’s Josh Gross that the Russian run organization failed to notify the California State Athletic Commission they were intending to hold their August 28th event inside the Los Angeles Convention Center.

However, word on the street is that the real reason the deal fell through was because a financial backer walked away at the eleventh hour.

M-1 has refused to address the issue since Gross’ report.

M-1 announced last month that “Breakthrough” would be taking place in conjunction with the International Mixed Martial Arts Expo, an MMA trade show similar to the UFC’s Fan Expo at UFC 100.

A replacement for Frye is expected to be announced as soon as Monday.

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