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M-1: Fans want Fedor-Werdum 2

M-1: Fans Want Fedor-Werdum 2
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M-1: Fans Want Fedor-Werdum 2
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
by Loretta Hunt ([email protected])

M-1 Global will a pursue a rematch between its top client, Fedor Emelianenko, and Fabricio Werdum when the management team meets with its co-promotional partner Strikeforce in the coming weeks to discuss a contract extension.

Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for the Holland-based organization, said that M-1 Global hopes to co-promote the rematch with Strikeforce before the year’s end. Werdum submitted Emelianenko with a triangle choke-armbar combination at the two promotions’ second co-branded event on June 26 in San Jose, Calif.

For us, it makes the most sense for us to do the Werdum fight because it seems like that’s the fight that all the fans want,” Kogan told Sherdog.com on Tuesday. “In Russia, 85 percent of the respondents (to a recent poll) -- and that’s thousands of people –--are saying that that’s the fight they want.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show last week that a bout between the 33-year-old Russian fighter and heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was still a possibility, despite Emelianenko’s first loss in nearly 10 years.

“Once we sit down and negotiate with Strikeforce and Showtime, the next opponent will become clear in a reasonable short period of time,” said Kogan.

Kogan said that Emelianenko is taking a brief vacation with his family before resuming his training.

“Out of everyone following the fight, (Fedor) was the most OK,” said Kogan of Emelianenko’s mindset. “To him, I can assume it was disappointing, but everyone else seemed much more upset than he was.”

Like in early 2010, Emelianenko’s return to the Strikeforce cage will depend on upcoming discussions. Following their first co-promoted venture in November 2009, M-1 Global engaged in renegotiations with Strikeforce to revise the three-event contract both had signed that prior August.

The two outlets came to a new agreement in May, and Kogan said that since then, relations between M-1 and Strikeforce have never been better. Kogan added that Showtime’s inclusion in negotiations has paved an easier path for all. The premium-pay cable network is the U.S. broadcast partner for Strikeforce.

Kogan said M-1 Global is receptive to the next round of negotiations with Strikeforce, which could lead to the entities enacting extensions in their already existing contract for additional co-promoted events featuring Emelianenko. As it stands, Emelianenko will fight once more under the current co-promotional agreement.

“We are open to every eventuality,” said Kogan. “We enjoyed working with Showtime and Strikeforce together. This was, in our opinion, a good co-promoted event. We’re happy with the way it went and we will consider all options. No path is closed to us.”

UFC President Dana White was among Emelianenko’s more vocal suitors last year when the coveted former Pride FC champion briefly became a free agent following the collapse of Affliction Entertainment and the cancellation of its Aug. 1 event. Even after Emelianenko turned down a multi-fight, seven-figure exclusive deal with the UFC and went instead with Strikeforce, White still vowed to sign the fighter with a 26-fight win streak.

White said last week that the UFC has “zero interest” in signing Emelianenko now that his unmatchable streak has been snapped. Emelianenko’s storied career includes victories over greats like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, as well as an assortment of former UFC champions and contenders.

Kogan had no comment for White’s recent remarks. He confirmed that M-1 Global doesn’t have the legal flexibility to negotiate with other promotions at this time and said, “Nor do we want to.”

“Following June 26, we have unfinished business,” said Kogan. “We’d like to deal with the loss. We don’t want to negotiate with others. We’re happy with our partners.”
I don't think this fight is so much for the fans! Its more M-1 trying to recapture the mystique that Fedor lost. They invested a lot of money in Fedor and they do not want to see it go down the drain because of this one loss to Werdum.

Also, IDK about you guys but I'd rather see Werdum fight Overeem for the title and Fedor fight Antonio Silva.
 

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We are ready to fight against anyone, but everyone agrees that the most interesting fight right now is the rematch against Fabricio Werdum. We have one fight left on our contract, so if Strikeforce want to extend it – they should listen to our opinion. Fedor will fight again sometime between October and November. I’ll repeat that again: the only thing fans want to see is Fedor vs Werdum II. Fabricio himself said that he would like to rematch Fedor in Russia. It’s great, but this fight will not happen in Russia ... I can really feel that the rating makers on the US websites really wanted Fedor Emelianenko to suffer from his first 'real' defeat. They now have Fedor in third Place, and the first is Brock Lesnar. Question: Who’s Brock Lesnar? He has only five professional fights, and one defeat. He is a marketable fighter because of his WWE past. They sell-out 60,000 stadiums for that crap, which no one would even consider watching in Russia. That’s why Brock Lesnar is popular. As for Fedor, he is not a marketable fighter – he’s just the best. He destroyed everyone during 10 years. He has 31 victories."

Source-http://www.mmamania.com/
 

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Good!
But what is Overeem supposed to do in the meantime. We've waited almost 3 years for him to fight in SF again and now what??!!!...
Wait another year?!?:confused02:

“For us, it makes the most sense for us to do the Werdum fight because it seems like that’s the fight that all the fans want,” Kogan told Sherdog.com on Tuesday. “In Russia, 85 percent of the respondents (to a recent poll) -- and that’s thousands of people –--are saying that that’s the fight they want.”

Aaaaaaaaahhhh...so now M-1 listens to what fans have to say?!?!
How about the fans who wanted Fedor to sign with the UFC for the last 3 years. 99% of the MMA fans wanted that!!!
What about them?
Why hasn't M-1 taken those fans' wishes into consideration then?!!
Idiots :thumbsdown:...
 

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Note how they only acknowledged what Russian fans want. Nobody else in interested in Fedor/Werdum II, I'm not. I want Werdum/Overeem II or at the very least Overeem/Fedor.
 

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Good!
But what is Overeem supposed to do in the meantime. We've waited almost 3 years for him to fight in SF again and now what??!!!...
Wait another year?!?:confused02:
Unfortunately, he might fight Ricco Rodriquez in Japan.

I read that Coker might still make Fedor vs Overeem.
 

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Note how they only acknowledged what Russian fans want.
I'm from RF, but I don't care about Werdum vs Fedor II. Everyone konws that Fedor lost because of his wrong sense of confidence, even though it worked for 10 years prior. Nobody would try to play BJJ games with Werdum on the ground while having an option to either keep it standing, especially when you have a huge advantage there, or take absolutely unnecessary risks by jumping into Werdum's guard. If they fought again, Fedor's chances to beat Fabricio would be just as high as they were before, so M-1 wants to redeem Emelianenko, but it will prove nothing and the "L" will still be on his record. I want Overeem-Fedor to remove any questions about Fedor's current capabilities, any other fight outside UFC won't do it.
 

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I'm from RF, but I don't care about Werdum vs Fedor II. Everyone konws that Fedor lost because of his wrong sense of confidence, even though it worked for 10 years prior. Nobody would try to play BJJ games with Werdum on the ground while having an option to either keep it standing, especially when you have a huge advantage there, or take absolutely unnecessary risks by jumping into Werdum's guard. If they fought again, Fedor's chances to beat Fabricio would be just as high as they were before, so M-1 wants to redeem Emelianenko, but it will prove nothing and the "L" will still be on his record. I want Overeem-Fedor to remove any questions about Fedor's current capabilities, any other fight outside UFC won't do it.
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Right, still think Werdum should get a shot at Overeem before this but whatever!
I agree completely, its not a case of SF not wanting to give a title shot to Werdum, its more the case of Werdum not wanting the shot and only been interested in fighting Fedor, which I think is a big disrespect to SF and Overeem, more importantly to SF though, in fact I believe Werdum owes it to SF to fight for the title, they did after all give him the biggest fight of his career after the UFC was quick to cut him, he owes them big time, I personally will loose all respect for Werdum if he does not do the right thing and fight Overeem.

If he does not want to respect Overeem then fine, he does not have to respect him but he does have to fight him imo.
 

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I agree completely, its not a case of SF not wanting to give a title shot to Werdum, its more the case of Werdum not wanting the shot and only been interested in fighting Fedor, which I think is a big disrespect to SF and Overeem, more importantly to SF though, in fact I believe Werdum owes it to SF to fight for the title, they did after all give him the biggest fight of his career after the UFC was quick to cut him, he owes them big time, I personally will loose all respect for Werdum if he does not do the right thing and fight Overeem.

If he does not want to respect Overeem then fine, he does not have to respect him but he does have to fight him imo.
I won't lose any respect for Werdum. I understand his point of view. Right now a lot of people are writing his win against Fedor off as a fluke. If he beats Fedor again, in Russia, he proves he's one of the elite fighters in mma. The overeem fight will be there after that.

Saying all that I'm much more interested in the Werdum vs Overeem rematch. I think Werdum can get him down and sub overeem, but it would be an intersting grappler vs striker fight.
 
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