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Old 10-18-2010, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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M-1's Finkelchtein: Emelianenko's Strikeforce future determined as soon as today

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CHATSWORTH, Calif. - M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein says he'll know as soon as today if Fedor Emelianenko's obligation to Strikeforce ends with his next fight.

The executive said his company "primarily" is negotiating with Strikeforce's broadcast partner, Showtime Networks, on a new deal that will keep the Russian heavyweight in the Strikeforce cage beyond the single fight remaining on his current contract.

That deal includes a new co-promotional agreement that could bring M-1 events to the premium-cable channel.

Finkelchtein said Emelianenko's next opponent is not a sticking point in talks.

"I think fans just want to see Fedor fight and don't necessarily care who the opponent is," Finkelchtein told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through translator and M-1 counsel Steve Bash. "I know that Fedor doesn't care either."

When contacted for comment, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said negotiations between M-1 and Strikeforce are ongoing but declined to go into details.

The top-ranked heavyweight has been inactive since June, when he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum at "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum." A rematch between the two appeared to be in the works before Werdum underwent surgery for a damaged elbow and was put on the bench until early next year.

Emelianenko (32-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) in August gave an interview to Russian MMA website Mixfight.ru in which he requested a bout with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, though Finkelchtein said talks about the potential matchup never went past the preliminary stage. Additionally, Overeem told MMAjunkie.com that he felt the Russian instead should meet Antonio Silva.

That matchup was discussed but did not materialize for December's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event, said Finkelchtein, who added Emelianenko was "a little discouraged" that he wouldn't fight again this year for the promotion.

As to how long the Russian heavyweight can remain on the shelf, the executive said the fighter's current deal is "open to interpretation."

"There's a reasonable period of time when the fight has to happen, and pretty soon now we'll know whether or not it will be a fight under the existing contract or a new contract," Finkelchtein said.

Emelianenko flirted with the possibility of retirement before the loss to Werdum ultimately stoked his competitive fires. In an August interview with M-1 Global, he hinted at a new contract with Strikeforce for four to six fights.

"So far I feel very comfortable fighting, and I'm planning [to fight] as long as I can physically," he said.

The heavyweight on Sunday held a training seminar for about 30 MMA hopefuls at an M-1 Global affiliate gym and was in good spirits.

"I'm confident that everything will be OK to the point that Fedor's satisfied," Finkelchtein said of current negotiations with Showtime and Strikeforce. "We're slowly making progress.

"We have an agreement in place, and that agreement has one more fight on it. If we have to operate under that agreement; that's perfectly fine. But if we have the opportunity to make the relationship more long term, than certainly we're open to that as well. So we feel fine about that in terms of Fedor's career because we know at some point very soon, he's going to have a fight."
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hopefully he goes to the ufc.

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im sure its been said plenty of times already, but Fedor and his managment have done a horrible job of managing his career in the U.S. Maybe he is making a lot of money, but he rarely fights and for whatever reason, doesnt seem to have any interest in fighting the champion of his division. He hasnt gotten enough exposure to build a big following with casual fans and he has just pissed the majority of the hardcore fans off by not taking on the top fighters.
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M-1 have wasted how many years of Fedor's career and they are allowing the clock to tick down on the ones he has left while they play political games trying to build a organization at the cost of Fedor's legacy.
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"I think fans just want to see Fedor fight and don't necessarily care who the opponent is," Finkelchtein told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through translator and M-1 counsel Steve Bash. "I know that Fedor doesn't care either."

WHAT?! Who has been telling this man these lies? If anything, that's the ONE thing people care about...who he's fighting.
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M-1 have wasted how many years of Fedor's career and they are allowing the clock to tick down on the ones he has left while they play political games trying to build a organization at the cost of Fedor's legacy.
...Agreed. Well stated. M-1 has bounced Fedor around like a superball over the last few years. Politics is certainly in play at Fedor's expense. They state that fans want to see Fedor fight but they keep stalling. Fedor obviously wants to fight but that ball & chain- M-1 is slowly closing the window on his future as well as letting his fans down. The MMA world would explode in excitement if Fedor said screw it and walked through Dana's doors but of course that will never happen. The longer they pick their nose, everbody loses out...
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I love Fedor, but man do I HATE Vadim. Hearing him speak is like hearing a politician lie right through their teeth... or worse listening to a used car salesman.

Its just too bad that I think Fedor is too nice of a guy to realize how badly that Vadim is generally screwing him over, as I'm sure Vadim was really nice to Fedor early on, and Fedor seems like the type that would hold to that loyalty even perhaps blindly.

The day Fedor parts ways with M-1 is the day we see Fedor in the UFC (not that I think the UFC is so much better or anything, just saying I think thats where most of the future matchups are that we all want to see)
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Im sure its been said plenty of times already, but Fedor and his managment have done a horrible job of managing his career in the U.S.
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Maybe he is making a lot of money, but he rarely fights
Sounds like a damn good management to me.
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Sounds like a damn good management to me.
Are you a fan of Fedors bank account or of watching him fight? I dont really give a damn how much money he is making, I want to watch him fight. They have done a shitty job of keeping him relovant or gaining him any real notoriety to the American fans.
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great......more M-1 BS....can i just see fedor fight some more while he still can? who cares about M-! events? why hasent fedor gotten an opponent yet if the deal between M-1 and strikeforce/M-1 and showtime are seperate?
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