The savage world of medieval MMA!
A Russian fight promoter is betting that the country’s next big sport revolves around armored knights sword fighting each other in an octagon. So far, it’s going well.
M1 Medieval has been around for a couple of years now and is developing a strong following online. Apparently it taps into eastern European culture as it’s claimed many men in the region have always traditionally packed steel.
Fights consist of three three-minute rounds and the result is determined by a team of five judges. Fighters get one point for strikes to the armour with a sword, takedowns are worth three points, but submission moves are prohibited. You can end a fight early by knocking an opponent off their feet, and then following up with three precision strikes to the torso or helmet.