What we already assumed is now official. Fedor Emelianenko is now officially back on the market, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say, "Ultimate Fighting Championship, please don't **** it up this time" (P.S. I do realize both sides were at fault last time, but you catch my drift.)
The articles mention Gary "Lard Ass" Shaw (EliteXC) is of course throwing millions of dollars at him already, but other than a fight with Big Foot they really have no one else legit for him to fight, and we all know that he needs some bloody real competition.
I can't stress how badly I want the UFC and Fedor to come to an agreement so we can get the Randy and Fedor fight over with. It just needs to happen. And once Fedor destroys him(
), he'll have some other tough fights left in the UFC (Sylvia, Werdum, Lesnar, Mir, Andrei [assuming he stays]), and can reclaim the number one heavyweight spot that has been his for so long.
I won't be excited though until I see something in writing, Fedor in the UFC is basically a dream as far as I'm concerned, for now. It would just be surreal.
Originally Posted by www.mmajunkie.com
M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox has confirmed that the recently restructured organization has split ways and made Fedor Emelianenko a free agent, but he vows a show will still be held on June 14 in Chicago without the famed Russian fighter.
Cox made the comments Monday on the "The Savage Dog Show" on Sherdog Radio
According to Cox, "different philosophies" between the American and Russian divisions of the company forced the split. The Russians and Emelianenko have kept the M-1 name.
Cox also confirmed that Emelianenko never actually signed a contract -- just a letter of intent -- with the organization.
) reported on Tuesday, Emelianenko is now entertaining offers
from other organizations, including EliteXC. MMAjunkie.com was told that a four-fight deal could be worth millions of dollars, especially when factoring in potential pay-per-view bonuses. However, a stipulation that stated that the fighter must be billed as "M-1 Global's Fedor Emelianenko" now appears unneeded.
EliteXC is believed to be one of many organizations, including the UFC, vying for Emelianenko's services.
For now Cox and investors from Sibling Entertainment are moving forward on plans for a June 14 show. He's says it'll be along the lines of an EliteXC or WEC show "with a bigger headliner."
Cox said he expects to turn a profit with the show now that the organization doesn't have to pay Emelianenko's salary.