In an attempt to prevent the biggest free agency frenzy since LBJ took his talents to South Beach, Strikeforce entered into insanely-long contract negotiations with M-1 Global to sign their prized client to an extension. While they were finally able to put pen to paper, there are still plenty of questions surrounding Fedor Emelianenko’s contract that need answering.
First of all, what exactly does a “multi-fight” deal mean?
“The beauty of the deal, and I can’t get into the details of the contract, but it’s multi-fight and multi-year. Fedor will be doing co-promotion with Strikeforce, M-1 and Showtime for many years to come.”
Prior to inking on Tuesday, Emelianenko had one fight remaining on his original three-bout agreement with the San Jose, California-based promotion. After each of his prior Strikeforce scraps, including a shocking July loss to Fabricio Werdum, the Russians demanded to thoroughly revisit the initial contract – much to the dismay of fight fans.
While Coker remained mum on a specific number of bouts, Vadim Finkelchtein was more than happy to announce the four-fight extension with Sherdog.
“The number of fights was never really an issue [in the negotiations]. A lot was written about Fedor considering retirement, and that was not true. As long as he had the strength and God gave him the health to perform, he wanted to continue,” the M-1 Global president stated. “The current deal has some ‘ifs’ and ‘whens,’ but it’s basically a four-fight deal.”
In true M-1 fashion, of course Finkelchtein had to throw that ‘basically’ word in there, insinuating future debate could still be in store. If we were to put one-and-one together, Fedor should have a total of five fights remaining with Strikeforce (one old + four new).
As customary between the parties, no financial terms or any somethin’-somethin’ bonuses were released. Although, Coker did claim “we’re all one, big, happy family now.”