For the first time since “Affliction: Trilogy” cancelled their mixed martial arts efforts, WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has called a press conference for tomorrow to share his thoughts on the ramifications of the extinct promotion, Josh Barnett’s inability to put down the sauce and what his future entails.
“Since the cancellation, there has been a great deal of speculation regarding Fedor and M-1,” said Vadim Finkelchtein, Fedor’s manager and M-1 Global owner, in a statement regarding tomorrow’s presser in Anaheim, California. “On Wednesday, the media and fans will be able to hear what’s going on with Fedor from the man himself.”
Fedor and Co. addressed the media in Moscow last Thursday, however the wounds were fresh at that point and he was still intending to fight someone on August 1st.
“Josh is a great, strong fighter,” Emelianenko stated. “I’ve always followed his fights and liked him as a competitor and as a person. I was very prepared, totally ready for a good, hard fight. But, what can you do? I am disappointed, though I’m glad that after all I don’t have to fight a friend.”
Emelianenko holds a dominant 30-1 record and has been prefect through his last 26 scraps, a run spanning over eight years. Now that he’s officially hit the “free agent” market, it will be interesting to see what he and his camp have to say tomorrow.
Hopefully, it doesn’t go something like, “We would like to work with the UFC, but they will never co-promote events with M-1 Global or any other MMA organization. Their terms are unacceptable …”