<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=217499" target="_blank"> Gegard Mousasi severs ties with M-1 Global </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=217499" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=90&q=75&x=309&y=16&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=ED0904AB-1D09-6BFC-E5888A98D131C0BB.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[sherdog.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global,” Mousasi wrote in an e-mail. “During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me.”
M-1 Global, based out of Holland and Russia, had guided the Armenian-Dutch fighter’s career to two championship titles in the last few years. The company also represents Fedor Emelianenko, the world’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight, who has publicly stated that he has an ownership stake in the organization, as well.
“The business relationship with M-1 Global is over,” said company representative Apy Echteld. “It was a business decision, but not a personal one and there are no hard feelings.”
In addition to its own M-1 Challenge and M-1 Selection events, M-1 Global entered into a co-promotional agreement with Strikeforce in August. The two groups held their first joint event on Nov. 7 at the Sears Centre Arena outside of Chicago.
Mousasi said he has already obtained new representation but would not identify them. “My management is being taken care of by someone close to me,” he wrote.