Fedor Emelianenko’s Manager Talks UFC Negotiations

Written by Tom Ngo
August 2nd, 2009

Negotiations between the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko’s camp have hit a bit of a stalemate to say the least. The UFC will not co-promote any events with M-1 Global, something that Fedor ‘s manager and M-1 owner, Vadim Finkelchtein, insists upon. Outside of that, they are willing to talk.

“We are open to any offer,” Finkelchtein said. “The issue really is with the UFC, not with us. We are ready to fight the UFC champions.”

During last week’s highly anticipated conference call, UFC president Dana White stated that, although they fought valiently, they were still not able to come to terms with the WAMMA heavyweight champ.

“We did everything possible for this deal,” White said. “We didn’t hold back. It’s crazy to turn down a deal like this. We went above and beyond. We have been able to sign the best fighters in the world over the last 10 years, so to not be able to sign this guy [wasn’t our fault].”

Just like the last time he was a free agent, the UFC refused to allow M-1 Global to ride their coat tails to any massive paydays. The UFC doesn’t need Emelianenko to draw blockbuster pay-per-view numbers. They have and will continue to do that with or without him. However, with him they would likely set all-time records.

Even if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that M-1 automatically gets the right to dip into the UFC’s profits. M-1 needs a new plan of attack before Fedor gets too old, or someone pulls off an upset on one of the rinky-dinky shows they plan to showcase him on.

“The UFC’s roster is occupied by a vast majority of American athletes,” Finkelchtein said. “Not every single best fighter is under their banner, so don’t believe the hype. There is no real international diversity.”

Actually, the UFC employs a slew of international talent. In fact, three of their title holders were not born in the United States.

Clock’s tickin’, Fedor & Company …

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