Fedor Signs With M-1, So Now What?

The Fight Network is reporting that Fedor Emelianenko has committed to the M-1 organization, which was until recently owned by Vadim Finkelstein, Fedor’s longtime friend and manager. Now M-1 has apparently been sold to an unnamed American company with plenty of cash to throw around in the interest of expanding the organization’s reach, and Emelianenko is their first big score.

I’m not sure what this means for Fedor except that we won’t get to see him fight Randy Couture any time soon. The UFC insists on exclusive contracts, which was reportedly one of the obstacles to getting the deal done with Fedor in the first place. He wanted the freedom to compete in Russian Sambo tournaments back home, the UFC didn’t want to risk it, and now Fedor is signing with a company that will still be run in large part by his own manager.

I’d be lying if I said I weren’t more than a little disappointed. It sounds like this American company probably bought M-1 in part because they could get Fedor in a kind of package deal, but having a great fighter means nothing if you don’t have anyone for him to fight. Of course they’ll dig up someone, but if it isn’t a top ten heavyweight (and depending on whose rankings you use, at least seven or eight of them are in the UFC) then it’s hard for the match to seem legitimately competitive.

You can’t fault Fedor for wanting to do what’s best for his pocketbook and those of his friends, but it’s still a letdown. The big question now is what will M-1, under its new American ownership, do with their new star in their new organization? Whatever it is, I hope it ends up on TV somewhere. Just like I hope the name Mark Coleman isn’t involved.

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One response to “Fedor Signs With M-1, So Now What?

  1. RONNIE

    THIS IS A LET DOWN DEPENDING ON WHO’S POSITION YOU ARE VIEWING. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT DANA WHITE HAS A MONOPOLY WITH THE UFC, THAT’S THE REASON HE IS PAYING THESE GUYS WAY LESS THAT WHAT THIS SPORT IS PRODUCING. COME ON, YOU HAVE WRESTLERS(WWE), BOXERS(MAYWEATHER IS CONSIDERING,RAY MERCER HAS), AND EVEN TALENT LIKE CUNG LE, THAT ARE BEING DRIVEN TO SHOW THEIR TALENT IN THE MMA WORLD. FEDOR IS BEING A BUSINESS MAN, JUST LIKE DANA WHITE IS. DANA WHITE DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU AFTER YOU ARE DROPPED FROM FROM PEDESTAL(LOOK AT TITO ORTIZ), NOT TO MENTION THE MONEY YOU NEED AFTERWARDS. M1 AND BODOG IS GOING TO DETERIORATE THIS SO CALLED MONOPOLY, DANA WHITE HAS. THE SAME WAY HE FUSED PRIDE TO MMA, THEN ALL THESE SO CALLED GREAT FIGHTERS FROM THE UFC, IF THEY FEEL THEY ARE SO SUPERIOR, SHOULD MOVE OVER TO BODOG TO PROVE THEIR TALENT. RANDY COUTURE HAS NO OBLIGATIONS TO THE UFC, MAYBE M1 WILL GIVE HIM THE MONEY HE DESERVES, AND A FIGHT BETWEEN HIM AND FEDOR WILL CREATE THE ATMOSPHERE THAT WILL MAKE M1 A FORMIDABLE FORCE IN THE MMA WORLD. WHAT DANA WHITE SAYS IS LAW, BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE MAKING ALL THE RULES. THE SITUATION IS NO DIFFERENT FROM WHEN NFL OWNERS CONTROLLED ALL THE MONEY, WANTED ALL THIS GREAT TALENT, BUT DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE THESE PLAYERS THE MONEY THEY DESERVED. LOOK AT THE NFL NOW. SOME PLAYERS DON’T EVEN STRAP ON A HELMET UNTIL THEIR MONETARY DETAILS ARE WORKED. THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIRSELF, TRUST ME DANA WHITE DOESN’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THAT. FEDOR HAS PROVED HIS IMPORTANCE, HE FEELS COMFORTABLE WITH DEALING WITH HIS PEOPLE. I AM AMERICAN, AND I WOULDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH DANA WHITE(RANDY COUTURE ALREADY STATED THIS).

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