M-1 Global Issues Statement Regarding Emelianenko and UFC Dealings

Written by Tom Ngo
July 31st, 2009

M-1 Global has just issued a statement regarding the rumors swirling around their client Fedor Emelianenko, who just happens to be MMA’s most sought after free agent. The Russian-based organization states they never received the rumored six-fight/$30Mil contract offer from the UFC, so how could they possibly reject it.

In addition to that erroneous report, M-1 Global also professes they are not completely done negotiating with the UFC, just that they have broadened their search in order to find an appropriate home for the reigning WAMMA heavyweight champion.

Here is the complete press release from Team Fedor:

“There have been recent reports stating that talk between M-1 Global and the UFC regarding Fedor fighting in the UFC have ended. Like some of the other reports that have surfaced, this is incorrect.

It is unfortunate that so much incorrect information has been leaked to the public. It is M-1’s preference not to negotiate in public and we are unsure why people claim that Fedor and M-1 turned down a six fight, $30 million contract to fight in the UFC when no such offer was ever made.

Even though Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White did not meet with Fedor in person on Tuesday, they were represented over the phone. Outside of representatives of the UFC and M-1, no other company was represented during our negotiations. Since we did not go to the media with details of the meeting and only responded to the erroneous reports, we are unsure how these reports started.

It’s unfortunate because these type of tactics will not help ensure that M-1’s talks with the UFC are fruitful. M-1 Global is still interested in continuing to negotiate with the UFC and while we are fielding offers from other major promotions, nothing has been decided. It is our hope that the UFC will remain in active dialogue with us as we try to find ways for us to work together. All we are asking is that there is give-and-take in the negotiations and that they are not one-sided.”

According to the The Carmichael Dave radio show on 1140 KHTK AM, this was the offer the UFC had on the table that Fedor & Company rejected:

– A 6-fight, $30 million contract

– An immediate title shot at UFC 103 against champion Brock Lesnar

– A cut of the UFC 103 pay-per-view buys on top of Fedor’s salary (Likely to be the biggest PPV earner in company history)

– Fedor can still compete in his Sambo competitions

– Fedor can plaster as many M-1 logoed items on himself as he wishes

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