M-1 Global and Affliction Entertainment announced today at the Trump Plaza in New York City that they have partnered together to produce the TV reality show, “Fighting Fedor.” They are currently shopping the demo around to various networks hoping to strike a deal. The show will consist of a 16-man heavyweight tournament, with the fighters training and fighting in St. Petersburg, Russia. The winner will earn himself an opportunity to fight WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko as the main event on an Affliction card.
“We’re currently having negotiations with many different networks and channels,” M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein stated at the press conference.
The 16 contestants will be picked from countries all over the world, providing fans with exposure to talented fighters outside of the U.S.
“There are many international fighters that the United States doesn’t know about,” Finkelchtein proclaimed. “Fighters from countries such as Bulgaria, Finland. Fighters that have very interesting and wonderful styles and are very exciting. We’re now opening the doors to breed the next generation of MMA fighters.”
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio said that he was not certain when they would start production for the “Fighting Fedor” series, or when the show might air. One can imagine that their ability to finalize a deal with a network would play an integral role for the show’s timeline.
Also, Atencio stated that the new partnership has allowed Affliction to extend their contract with Emelianenko, locking up the consensus #1 heavyweight in the world for years to come.