It’s been months since grumblings initially emerged regarding contract complications between Strikeforce and their prized fighter Fedor Emelianenko. While it was reported the Russians were seeking to renegotiate their original three-fight deal, Team Fedor claims they are only looking to obtain what was promised to them to begin with.
“We’re not trying to renegotiate a new contract,” Vadim Finkelchtein, Emelianenko’s manager, told MMAJunkie.com. “The situation, as it is currently, is that we are discussing with Strikeforce getting the terms that were promised to us on the original deal prior to entering into the relationship.
“At this point, and for a while now, we have been officially waiting for the other side to give us a green light about going by those terms that we agreed on.”
It was also reported that following their debut at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” in November, M-1 Global – the company that manages Emelianenko and is conveniently owned by Finkelchtein – was seeking a larger presence on future Strikeforce shows, in addition to a better compensation package for their golden boy.
Although financial concerns were brought to the table, Finkelchtein reiterated they are only making sure that their American partners hold up their end of the agreement.
“In terms of the financial side of things, we invested money into the project, and it was a considerably larger amount of money than Strikeforce,” Finkelchtein said. “All we want going forward is what was promised to us. We don’t want additional co-promotion. We don’t want additional branding. We don’t want additional money.
“It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that, essentially, and nothing on top of what was promised.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told us that, although they have yet to come to terms, he was looking forward to having their most popular fighter back during the summertime.
“I think things are going well. There’s good dialog. There’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Coker told 5thRound.com. “I think it was good to go through this exercise, to button-up a few things. [Fedor returning in] June would be great. July would be great, but we want to get him back in a cage as soon as possible.”
That sentiment was echoed by Finkelchtein, who states the planet’s best heavyweight has been chomping at the bit to return to action, however not a second before the conditions are absolutely perfect.
“Fedor has been ready to fight. Fedor could have fought this past weekend,” Finkelchtein said. “He’s able to fight in the June show, but we need the go-ahead from Strikeforce and to get the terms that we need and that were promised to us. Some of the requirements weren’t adhered to for the first fight in November. That’s our position. We just want what was promised.
“If that position can’t be arrived at, then I’m not sure. We’re just waiting for the go-ahead from the other side. The situation is completely in the court of Strikeforce.”