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Old 11-18-2008, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fedor Emelianenko, M-1 welcome "superfight" with UFC's Brock Lesnar

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In the wake up former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture's recent loss to Brock Lesnar, M-1 Global and WAMMA heavyweight title-holder Fedor Emelianenko have publicly stated their desire for a "superfight" between the famed Russian fighter and the UFC's new heavyweight champion.

M-1 today released the official statement of the proposed bout with Lesnar while Emelianenko granted interviews with select media members.

M-1 executive Jeremy Millen and Emelianenko clarify that the fight would need to be a "co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment" -- something that could be difficult given, what they argue, has been the UFC's "anti-Fedor policy."

Up until Couture's second-round TKO loss to Lesnar, Emelianenko and Couture had worked diligently toward their own fight. In fact, Couture cited his desire for the Emelianenko bout as one of the reasons he wanted to leave the UFC last year. The contract dispute lasted more than a year and culminated with Couture's loss to Lesnar this past weekend.

While Emelianenko is still open to fighting Couture, he and M-1 now also want to meet Lesnar. However, they don't feel it would be much of a contest.

"In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round," the statement read.

The full text of the statement can be found below. Additionally, stay tuned to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for our interview with Emelianenko in which he discusses Couture, Lesnar and the Russian's upcoming "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" main event with Andrei Arlovski.
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M-1's Official Statement on Brock Lesnar's victory

M-1 would like to congratulate Brock Lesnar on his UFC heavyweight title victory as well as acknowledge Randy Couture's return to active competition after a layoff that lasted over a year.

Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko had publicly acknowledged a desire to fight each other multiple times over the course of the past year. While M-1 and Fedor remain interested in a match against Couture, we would also like to publicly state for the record that we would welcome a superfight between Fedor and Lesnar that would be held as a co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment.

We've invited the media to speak with us today to not only make it clear we would welcome a Fedor vs. Lesnar matchup but to act in a preemptive fashion to address the possibility that UFC officials will try and position Lesnar as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, much like they have tried to use a marketing ploy to brand Anderson Silfva as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

In the past, UFC president Dana White and Zuffa, LLC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have tried to claim that Fedor was "overrated" and that his "record was irrelevant." They make these claims in spite of the fact that Fedor holds career victories over UFC champions past and present. While we have tremendous respect for the contributions Mr. Fertitta and Dana have made to this sport, we do not believe they are sincere in their statements.

It is the position of M-1 that the UFC has adopted an anti-Fedor policy because multiple attempts to sign him have not been fruitful. For a company that has tried to market itself as the number one promotion in the world, they are unable to accept the fact that the number one fighter in the world does not reside on its roster of contracted fighters.

We believe that the UFC has determined that it's much more inexpensive for them to use their marketing resources to use smoke and mirrors to brand a fighter as the pound-for-pound best as opposed to actually paying the pound-for-pound best what he is truly worth on the open market.

While Brock Lesnar is an accomplished athlete and a talented fighter, we do not consider him to be the number one heavyweight in the world. Until someone beats him, we strongly believe that Fedor should continue to be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round.

For those who feel our statements in regards to Fedor are self-serving, we'd like to refer you to a video interview on the website RawVegas.tv in which at his UFC 91 after-party Couture himself acknowledges that "Fedor would probably tear Brock up at this point."

Jerry Millen, M-1 Vice President

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dana you make this happen right now! There's lots of money invovled!!!
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Fedor talked about this match-up before the Randy/Lesnar fight. Won't happen though.
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"In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round," the statement read.

That made me laugh lol. Because its true.
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I love how M-1/Fedor try to make some noise for him. This fight should NEVER happen. It's funny how when the UFC wants to do something, they should have to bend to Fedor's demands, yet Fedor/M-1 should not bend to the UFC. Seems to me like the UFC has more power to bargain. Why would anyone want to see this fight is beyond anything I can understand. It doesn't make any sense and would prove nothing. IF Brock did beat Fedor, all the Fedor fans would cry foul. If Brock lost, everyone would just get on their high horse and say told ya so. Either way it would be foolish for the UFC to "co-promote" with M-1/Affliction. They don't need to, nor should they. I guess M-1 needs something to get some talk headed their way since you never hear anything from them outside a Fedor fight.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This actually comes off as somewhat desperate to me on the part of Fedor and his management. With Elite closing shop and rumors that Affliction may not be far behind I dont think Fedor has much bargaining power. As far as big money fights he needs the UFC much more than they need him.

He lost in his Sambo competition so he needs to think seriously about finishing his contract with Affliction and signing a contract like every other UFC fighter has because I dont see Dana EVER doing a co-promotion.
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how about we wait a few years for lesnar to become unstoppable then have lesnar fight and beat fedor.....

dana white would be stupid to make this fight....at this point
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What the hell, Jerry (Gary) Millen is still alive?

I'd be down for this fight in about 2-3 years.
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