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Fedor and White to Meet in June of '09

Written by Tom Ngo
February 16th, 2009
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With only one fight remaining on his current Affliction Entertainment deal, WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is already looking ahead at the possibility of joining the world’s biggest MMA organization. The Russian states that he and his team hope to have a formal sit down with UFC president Dana White later this summer.

“…me and my management hope to get a chance to talk to Dana White in person in June to discuss a possible fight between me and Brock (Lesnar),” Emelianenko told DreamFighters.com.

This will be the second time that Emelianenko and Co. have tried to reach an agreement with the UFC. White was unable to close on signing the free agent nearly two years ago, leaving him to land in Affliction’s lap.

Emelianenko has headlined both of Affliction’s MMA events, with his most recent win coming last month at “Day of Reckoning.” He successfully defended his title by knocking out former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski in the 1stRound.

He has one more fight on his current deal with the popular clothing company, and he intends to complete that agreement as quickly as possible.

“…I will fight again on the next Affliction card,” Emelianenko said of finalizing his contractual commitment with Affliction.

No date has been set for Affliction’s next event, however it is believed that the UFC would want to wait on a meeting with Emelianenko until his contract has officially ended.

If not, in order for an Emelianenko/Lesnar bout to take place, it would have to be a co-promotion between Affliction, M-1 Global and the UFC. Fedor has an exclusive world-wide contract with M-1 Global.

This is a highly unlikely scenario as White has been consistent about not holding co-promoted events, however it will be the only way that they can get Emelianenko inside the Octagon.

If the UFC does concede, there is no way that they would be interested in splitting the pie three ways with Affliction and M-1. They would just let his Affliction deal expire, then work with M-1 directly, a company that happens to be owned by Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein.

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