Fedor – Not Going to UFC Without M1 Co-Promotion
Fedor Emelianenko reiterated at his July 29 press conference that he will not fight for UFC unless they co-promote with M-1 Global. This is contrary to Los Angeles Times reports that Fedor would be signed by the UFC by Friday, July 31.
Top MMA News participated on the M-1 Fedor Emelianenko media call where it was also announced that Fedor and M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein had been negotiating with the UFC up to July 28. Apparently, the UFC made Fedor an offer and M-1 Global made a counter-offer.
Finkelstein states that Fedor Emelianenko will not fight for the UFC unless expenses and profits were shared as co-promoters. Vadim added that M-1 Global is also in negotiations with Strikeforce.
Also announced on the call was Fedor’s participation with EA Sports to headline their new EA Sports MMA video game which will compete against THQ’s UFC Undisputed game. Along with Emelianenko, Renato Sobral and Gegard Mousasi would also be featured in the game. One wonders where this leads as Dana White has recently claimed that any fighter that participates with EA Sports would be barred from fighting in the UFC.