Last August, Russian MMA organization M-1 Global initially started running full-contact jousting matches, with “knights” dressed in armor and wielding swords, as filler for their MMA matches. T
The jousts expanded to one-on-one sword-fighting between two trained “knights” fighting under MMA-related rules.
The results for the “knight fights” have been so positive that M-1 IS looking to expand.and fill in an entire event filled with them.
M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein via MMMAFighting.com
“I liked the fans’ reaction when we did it for the first time in St. Petersburg at M-1 Challenge 50,” Finkelchtein said via e-mail. “They seemed to really like it. They were impressed and supported the knights. So, I thought it was worth continuing. At that time, the knight fight was to fill the pause between the undercard and main card fights. If we find enough fighters to make enough fights, we will have a separate medieval show with its own weight categories, title fights and champions.”
Finkelchtein said he had the same feeling the first time he saw a Knight Fight as when he saw his first MMA fight.
“I think it is similar to MMA,” he said. “The rules are similar: you can punch, strike and wrestle. The fighters have swords and shields, wear special clothing, and all that looks really impressive and exciting.”
Update Here’s a full “Knight Fight” match from M-1 Medievel and yeah it’s looks prettyyyyyy cool