M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko officially free agents

Written by Tim Ngo
March 28th, 2008

In one of the worst kept secrets to date, Fedor Emelianenko has officially become a free agent as it was announced by former M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox on the Sherdog radio network. Monte Cox also gave up the M-1 Global name to the Russian side of the company, but is still looking to host an event on June 14 in Chicago. In related new, Former two-time UFC Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and the UFC has decided to part ways as well. 

“There is so much going on in the world of mixed martial arts right now that we have decided it is in our best interest if our company and Fedor go our separate ways,” said M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox.

“During the past six months the landscape of MMA, especially in the U.S., has dramatically changed. The sport continues to gain mainstream acceptance and we believe we will be in a better position to capitalize on these new opportunities with this agreement.”

There are many questions surrounding the future of M-1 and their ability to succeed after signing the most coveted free agent in MMA history. However, don’t expect Emelianenko to have difficulties moving on.

As soon as this new hit the rumor mills earlier this month, any and all MMA organizations started courting the fighter, with EliteXC and the UFC leading the charge.

In related Heavyweight and UFC news, MMAWeekly confirmed that the promotion and former two-time UFC Champion Tim Sylvia have decided to part ways.

Sylvia is coming off a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in what turns out to be his last bout, still had one fight remaining on his contract. However, it was confirmed that the two have decided that it would be best to move forward without each other, immediately.

“I want to stay with the UFC but I am going to go where the money is right now,” Sylvia wrote on his website. “Brock is making more money then me [and] that has to change. In case [you] didn’t know my manager runs M1 so I have a pretty good in so we will see what happens in the next few months.”

In case Sylvia didn’t know, M-1 is not the most reputable of promotions. If they couldn’t make it work with the best fighter int he world, one has to question their ability to succeed with an average fighter.  According to his website, Sylvia is scheduled to make an official annoucement tonight on Inside MMA, which will be airing on HDNet at 6:30PM PST.

Either way, with the amount of new MMA promotions popping up by the day, these two should have no problem finding new homes.

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